Episode 45: Lisa Answers Listeners’ Questions

This is the next episode of “Ask Lisa,” the focus of the show every second week of the month, when I answer listeners’ career transition questions.

The topics include how to get ready to re-enter the workforce after an absence to raise children, answering questions about résumé gaps, potentially re-entering the workforce post-retirement, and weighing whether to take a travel-heavy job.

KKNW producer Eric and I also exchange reactions to these questions and I share the week’s “Reignition Recommendation,” a tip of the week for mid-late career transitions regardless of your age.

Show Notes:

[00:27] Welcome to Reigniting You™ where we talk all things career transition for those age 40+. Great to be with you today and our producer, Eric.

[00:53] It’s the second week of the month, so that means it’s time for our “Ask Lisa” episode. I’ll be answering listeners’ career transition questions by providing a few tips.

[03:34] First question from Beth – what can I do to prepare to enter the workforce after taking time off to raise my kids?

[04:03] Brainstorm skills, identify examples, create a professional brand, look for family-friendly employers, start networking.

[07:17] Next question from Cameron – how do I answer any questions about gaps in my résumé when interviewing?

[07:27] Highlight what you did with the time between in terms of how you stayed productive, used skills, engaged in learning, etc. and any life lessons; err on the side of honesty – be authentic.

[15:30] Welcome back to Reigniting You™ the show that focuses on all aspects of making mid-late career transitions. Visit https://yournewaspect.com to sign up for career tips and take a free Career Transition Readiness Quiz or to contact Lisa. Go to Services/Group Programs to register for free webinar.

[17:32] Next question from Karl – going stir crazy in retirement – may want a part-time job – what can I do to position myself well for the next thing?

[18:20] Focus on why you want to jump back in and the value you bring as well as where you consider you can add that value the most, depending on the organization and roles you’re reviewing. Check out Workforce50.com, AARP, and Encore.org, NCOA, and WA Assn. for Area Agencies on Aging.

[20:18] Next question from Annika – roles of interest involve travel – not exciting – should I go ahead and go for them since I’m not finding much else that’s a good fit?

[21:14] Go with a combination of your vision, life goals, values, and current family situation, as well as your travel tolerance level.

[26:01] Reminder for listeners to email or leave a voicemail at 360-436-6496 to ask their career transition questions for the second week of September.

[26:28] “Reignition Recommendation” for the week – resurrect the aspects of yourself forgotten in adulthood to find a spark and motivate you.

[27:40] A reminder to visit https://yournewaspect.com to sign up for career tips and take a free Career Transition Readiness Quiz or to contact Lisa. Go to Services/Group Programs to register for free webinar.

[28:17] Join us next Wednesday at 3:00 when my guest will be financial advisor Theresa Trinidad.

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