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Audible

Start Your Next Chapter After a Career Break: How You Can Get Back to Work With a Returnship at Audible

If you've stepped back from your career to take care of a loved one, you're not alone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, millions of individuals have left the workforce to become stay-at-home caregivers. Unfortunately, this decision doesn't only affect monthly income; it can also create a hole in your resume that makes re-entering the workforce a challenge.


However, some employers are starting to realize the importance of looking past resume gaps in order to assess the holistic experience of applicants. A CBS New York article reports that "there are a growing number of corporate programs aimed specifically for [returnees]."

These programs—returnships—are basically mid-career internships that offer training, experience, and networking opportunities to professionals who have been out of the workforce for an extended amount of time.

CNN puts it this way: "There are lots of exits off the highway of our lifetime work, but very few on-ramps. And returnships are one of those on-ramps."

In essence, the goal of these programs is to give qualified individuals a jump start to pick up their career where they left off. The returnship experience gives hiring managers a reason to look past resume gaps and hire qualified people that they would otherwise overlook. And they're working pretty well. The New York Post explains that, upon successful completion of these programs, roughly 80% of returnees get offered a permanent job.

Are you looking for a returnship?

Premium audio storytelling company Audible launched their Returnship Program, Next Chapter, in 2020 and recently announced new opportunities for applicants. The program offers experienced professionals who have taken a career break for caregiving a full-time, paid remote internship over the course of 18 weeks. It gives participants a chance to return to the workforce by revamping skills, updating their resume with new experiences, and making connections with other professionals.

"We're helping people bring the skills that they have developed in the past, and put them back to work," said Anne Erni, Chief People Officer at Audible. "This is an incredible opportunity to show women and men who choose to opt out that they can return, and they can return and have successful, highly paid careers."

Audible's returnship program is open to professionals who have:

  • 2 to 5+ years of professional experience
  • Been out of the paid workforce for at least one year to focus on childcare or other dependent care.
  • Upon successful completion of the return ship there is a possibility of an offer for full-time employment.

If you're interested in returning to work with Audible, you can read more about the Next Chapter Returnship Program here.

Talent

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[This article was updated September 20, 2021]

Work-from-home jobs sometimes get a bad reputation: low pay, repetitive work, micromanagement... the list goes on. But if one good thing has come out of 2020, it's that it's redefined working from home. Remote work has come a long way, and the opportunities to work from home in 2021 are more promising than ever before.

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PowerToFly has partnered with 15five, a human-centered performance management platform, to present a free webinar on the practices and pitfalls of talent acquisition and retention through a diverse lens. This is a great opportunity to start setting clear goals for 2022.

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Elastic

This Director’s 2-Step Approach for Creating A Burnout-Resistant Engineering Culture

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Growing up in Texas and living around the west, including in Oklahoma, Stacey knew what to look and listen for regarding the powerful storms: the National Weather Service warnings, the emergency sirens, the regular instructions on where to go and how to protect yourself. All that preparation and advanced warning helped Stacey and her family live through the 2013 El Reno tornado, the widest tornado ever recorded, and escape unscathed.

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Lifting Latin Voices All Over the World: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about the amazing speakers and sponsors from our October 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Lifting Latin Voices All Over The World; 4 days of fireside chats, panel discussions, networking sessions, and our 2-day virtual job fair featuring 16 companies.

From discussions on what it means to be a member of the Latinx community to the correct terminology to refer to this diverse community - we covered it all! If you tuned in, thank you! If you didn't, you can relive the entire experience on our PowerToFly website.

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