Ask Tami #4: Justifying Your Career Gap and Bringing It Up in an Interview

Shruti asks: How do you justify your career gap during your time as a full-time mom, and how do you bring it up during job interviews? Tami: First of all, you don’t need to justify or apologize for taking time to care for your family! When you talk about your time out of the workforce you should be simple and direct, skip any unnecessary details (the interviewer does not need…

Ask Tami #2: Countering Ageism and the “Overqualified” Label

Laura asks: As someone with a long career but a sizable break, I worry about facing ageism in interviews. In particular, how should I answer the “overqualified” question? Tami: I get asked about ageism a lot and I wish I could tell you that it doesn’t happen, but it does. A lot. Ageism is a structural issue that we should collectively work to dismantle. And, while I’m on a soapbox,…

Ask Tami: How Do I Stay Motivated During a Tough Job Search?

Gabrielle asks: It can be hard to stay upbeat when you don’t get a job after many attempts and applications submitted. What can I do to stay motivated?  Tami: Oh, wow! I wish I had an easy answer for this one. It is hard! So first of all, know that it’s hard. I think one problem people run into is hoping it will be easy which actually creates a bit…

Welcoming Gayatri Agnew to the Path Forward Board

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Director to the Path Forward Board: Gayatri Agnew. Gayatri serves on the leadership team of Walmart’s Global Responsibility division where she leads strategy and partnerships for Walmart’s efforts on economic mobility. Her work is focused on key issues such as employer practices change, improving work-based learning, and strengthening inclusion in communities. Her personal mission is for more people to find purpose…

Think your skills are outdated? Why COBOL programmers are suddenly in demand

One thing we hear, pretty frequently, is the idea that someone out of the workforce for many years must be “outdated” in terms of their skills. We hear this from returnees themselves. And we hear it, usually formed as a question, from some recruiters. This is especially true because of how many tech companies we work with, many of whom are focused on hiring engineers. If you haven’t worked in…

The World Turned Upside Down

Yesterday morning suddenly feels like it was a week ago. Monday seems as if it happened back in 2019. It’s hard to get your bearings and figure out what to focus on, where to turn, what comes next?  Funny story: my husband and I had tickets for Broadway on Saturday night. Broadway got shut down yesterday, so …. In light of what’s happening right now, a scuttled date night is…

Postcast: “Working Wife, Happy Life” with Bethanie Baynes

Last Tuesday morning I got to sit in a very cool podcast recording booth in Rockefeller Center with Bethanie Baynes to record an episode of “Working Wife, Happy Life.” Bethanie is a force of nature. Her day job is in strategic partnerships at Google but her passion is being an advocate for women, especially breadwinning women. The podcast is part of that passion. Our episode was my favorite kind of…

What We Accomplished in 2019 (And A Sneak Peek of What We Have Planned for 2020)

One of the things I enjoy doing at the beginning of a new year is taking a few minutes to look back at the prior year and reflect on what I’ve achieved. As I think about what the Path Forward team accomplished in 2019 I must say that I beam with pride. Here are the highlights: More Companies In More Cities Welcoming Return to Work Talent! This year we added…

Book Review: How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

It’s pretty rare these days to see someone on an NYC subway car reading an actual book. Most people are on phones or, if they are reading, are on an e-reader. So it was surprising to notice a woman standing over me reading an actual ink-on-paper book. It was even more surprising to see the bright yellow cover with its title How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids.…

How I’m Tapping Into the Power of Gratitude Now

We all know that there is a lot of power in gratitude. And there’s nothing unique about pointing out that the Thanksgiving holiday — in itself and as the kickoff to a season of giving — is a great time to reflect on what you are grateful for.  And yet. Many of us find these final days of the year a little … nuts. There’s cooking and cleaning. There’s traveling.…