A Bridge Across the Resume Gap
Harvard Business School has begun to offer a smart new course for its alumnae - specifically HBS women graduates who have stayed home to raise their kids and now want to re-enter the business workforce and restart their careers. The objectives of this $3500-5000 weeklong class are to:
- Gain new insight into the current business environment and 21st-century business directions
- Learn about new marketing concepts and trends
- Brush up on accounting and financial vocabularies and access tools for business analysis, management, and planning
- Refresh their networks and build career search connections
- Gain proficiency in using new technology and research techniques
- Define a new, achievable career vision and techniques for a successful job search
- Develop an action-oriented plan for finding and negotiating a job that meets career goals and personal objectives
We think this is a great way to help these women try to bridge their resume gaps and overcome the very real obstacles to landing a well-paying and rewarding job in business after dropping out of this world.
But just a thought...if these women had instead stayed in the workforce and equally shared childraising and housework with their husbands, there would be no resume gap to bridge. While they (and their husbands) may have had to scale back from the super fast track, they would have been able to keep up with all of the items on the objectives above and be in a position to network their way to ramped up positions when and if this made sense in their balanced lives.
And while they avoided an awkward full re-entry into their former business lives, their husbands would have developed deep and lasting bonds with their children.