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Your Turn: Careers, Kids, and Comebacks--A Working Mother's Guide

Your Turn: Careers, Kids, and Comebacks--A Working Mother's Guide

by Jennifer Gefsky, Stacey Delo


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Your Turn is the career coach that today’s working women need to own their career ambition + motherhood path. There are more than fifteen million employed women with children under the age of eighteen in the United States who find themselves smack in the “Messy Middle,” where job opportunity and family responsibilities collide and decisions shift into high gear. And there are also millions of women on the sidelines, many there due to impossible corporate structures, who are looking to get back in.

Your Turn helps you move the career dial to where you need it now. Jennifer Gefsky, cofounder, and Stacey Delo, CEO, of Après—the premier site for women returning to the workforce—offer advice and inspiration to help women make the best possible career decisions for themselves and their families: to get ahead of the questions and tackle them when they arise, from managing guilt and stress after maternity leave to setting expectations in a part-time position to talking with partners and managers about how to make full-time work better for you.

And for those who have decided to step away from the corporate world, whether it’s for one year or twenty, Gefsky and Delo show you how to stay current and how to pivot to something more meaningful when your old job doesn’t exist anymore or if you simply want a change. Your Turn provides a clear roadmap for how to navigate key work + life transition points.

Your Turn features stories and research from the members of Après as well as insights from hundreds of companies that are making the transition work for their employees. With a unique insight into what kinds of work cultures and structures to look for, Gefsky and Delo also offer companies tangible steps to retain and cultivate female talent. Whether you’re struggling with the big question of whether to stay or quit, or looking to reenter the workforce after time away, this is the insider knowledge you need from people who have already taken the journey, as well as a step-by-step analysis to ensure you are making the right career decision for you .

It’s your turn to . . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062893697
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,106,499
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Gefsky is the cofounder of Après, the digital platform that helps women return to the workforce after a career break and companies increase their gender diversity. Jennifer is also a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, a national law firm that specializes in labor and employment law. She lives in New York with her family.

Stacey Delo is CEO of Après, which acquired her website, Maybrooks, in 2017, with a passion for making work work for women. Stacey spent eight years as a journalist with the Wall Street Journal, where she was the host of Digits, a live video program about technology, before founding her own business focused on flexibility in the workplace. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Getting Ahead of Career Confusion

Chapter 1 Welcome to the Messy Middle 17

Chapter 2 The Big Decision: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 33

Chapter 3 The Case for Staying 56

Chapter 4 The Case for Taking a Break 82

Chapter 5 The Case for Freelance, Flexibility, and Part-Time Options 109

Part II Reconnecting with Your Professional Self: How to Return to Work after a Career Break

Chapter 6 Getting Clear on What You Want to Do So You Can Go Do It 133

Chapter 7 The Habits of Confident Returnees 155

Chapter 8 Telling Your (Gap) Story 177

Chapter 9 Get in the Job Search Game 198

Chapter 10 How to Own Your Role as a Working Parent (Again) 225

Epilogue: It's Time to Stop Sidelining Women 243

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 251

Index 275

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