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Going Back To Work: A Survival Guide for Comeback Moms Paperback – August 1, 2004

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Many parents are torn, wanting to be hands-on, full-time parents but also feeling ambivalent about leaving interesting, financially lucrative careers. This handbook, by freelance journalists Quigley and Kaufman, focuses on those mothers who are returning to the workplace after time spent away: networking to find a position, negotiating salary and other benefits, starting a business from home and more. In a casual tone, the authors draw upon their own experiences as well as on those of other mothers who were interviewed or contributed anecdotes to the authors' Web site. While many of these career topics are discussed in other books, this volume offers a fresh perspective in several areas; sections on changing careers and using volunteer jobs as a way of getting a new position are particularly insightful. Furthermore, the solutions are realistic. For example, regarding reliable child care, the authors discuss the advantages of having a family member (sibling, spouse or grandmother) available for child care or emergency care. This is a solid guide that should appeal to mothers who can't or don't want to return to their previous careers.
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Quigley and Kaufman follow up on their earlier book, And What Do You Do? When Women Choose to Stay Home (2000), with a look at women choosing to reenter the job market after their children are in school or have left the nest. The authors interviewed hundreds of women and learned that their number-one concern on returning to jobs or careers is flexibility. But they note an array of other issues: the higher expectations and demands of the marketplace; the unlikelihood of returning to the same job or even the same profession; the need to keep skills sharp and stay on top of current trends. The authors advise women to keep a notebook to articulate their desires and motivations for returning to work and to develop a step-by-step strategy, including volunteerism, job sharing, part-time work, returning to school, and starting a business. Interviews with women in the process of returning to work offer insights into everything from child care to personal insecurities to finances. A practical and informative resource. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312313217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312313210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Quigly and Kaufman's "Going Back to Work" was just what I needed to complete the "re-invention" of myself!

I was not a "stay at home mom". I had climbed the ladder to the top of my career of over 25 years while juggling a son, husband, and home. One week before 9/11 I was downsized from my job of over 16 years. After 9/11 I realized that working 50-60 hour weeks and making good money was not as important as my having time with my family, home and personal happiness.

I went back to school for technical skills on the computer and just graduated with honors. I am re-trained for a new career.....but now what?

In reading "Going Back to Work" I see that I am no different than someone who has stayed home many years raising her family.

We all share emotions of fear and anxiety starting a new career path from the bottom. We also share dreams and goals for personal growth, challenges, worth and satisfaction.I also do not necessarily want to have a fulltime job and Quigley and Kaufman have given me the knowledge and tools to get that flextime position!

As a 48 year old who does not know who I will be when I grow up, I recommend "Going Back to Work" as a great resource and confidence builder for your first step back into the work force. Read this book and good luck in your new job!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By retrostar76 on December 20, 2006
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I might not be entirely fair for me to rate it because I didn't even finish it, but I couldn't manage to drag myself through this tedious book. I felt like I was wasting time and grey matter. Filled with inane jokes about dieting/being fat/being old, this book is like sitting in a room full of middle-aged women and having them giggle out platitudes like "Remeber: Dessert is stressed backward!" (yes this is actually in the book). If you like that kind of thing, you might love this book. I'm not one of those people.

The tips given in this book are about as obvious as they get (volunteer, work part time, do what interests you, etc.) and if you need a book to tell you these things you're gonna need a lot more help than just this book alone. The anecdotal bits are an interesting enough read, though IMO not enough to carry the book through its plethera of regurgitated advice. There are better books out there, and this might be a decent enough read if this is your first exposure to such topics, and if you don't mind the trite comments (to be fair, it was only a few per chapter), but I personally thought it was a waste of time and money. You'll be finding my copy in the used section.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fairwinds Blowing on August 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and got lots of useful ideas from it. My toddler will be ready for preschool soon and I am faced with the usual dilemma of how to resume my career while balancing family responsibilities. I know I don't want to return the corporate hamster wheel, but I need to do something interesting and stimulating.

Quigley and Kaufman give plenty of examples of creative solutions to this dilemma and some very practical tips on how to get there. They start with how to make the decision to go back to work, how to decide what to do and how to win your family's support. They even cover resume writing, interviewing and handling difficult bosses.

I highly recommend this well-written book to anyone who is thinking about going back to work after having kids. I also think it should be required reading for HR managers.
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