Come Back Strong: How to Rejoin the Work Force with a Solid Resume after Maternity, Sabbatical, Extended Leave or Side Hustles

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headshot of susan rollwagenSusan Rollwagen, owner and founder of Pepperbox Solutions (and Carrie’s mom!), is back on The Localist this week. Susan and Carrie focus on the topic of stepping away from the workforce with the ultimate goal of returning at some point. Susan gives pointers for how to stay engaged during time away from work and encourages anyone considering time off to make a plan for re-entry. Susan and Carrie dive into Susan’s professional background, how she chose part-time jobs that would serve her both professionally and personally, and what you should consider if you’re currently looking for a part-time gig. Susan then gives us some killer tips for crafting a resume, discusses the power of transferable skills, and talks about finding opportunities for self development. Susan and Carrie discuss flexibility in the workplace and company culture, and the pros and cons of working remotely. We wrap up the conversation discussing boundaries, tough conversations with a partner, and how to actually reenter the workplace. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

Pepperbox Solutions 

Pacific Crest Trail  

Harvard Business Review 




Pepperbox Solutions Sounding Board Session (a call with Susan)

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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