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Are You a Woman Returning to the Workforce?

Join the Patch 100, a partnership with Danville-based What's for Work, an employment service and career-building company.

Patch.com, in partnership with What's For Work?, is looking to help prepare as many East Bay women as possible to find jobs in the coming 100 days.

Are you currently looking for work or thinking about returning to the workforce soon? Are you concerned about:

  • Where you fit back into the job market;
  • Whether your skills are still relevant;
  • Translating your life skills and experience into the workplace; or
  • Networking?

Whether you are ready to put your degree to work, stepping out of the workforce, thinking of re-entering the job market, desperately looking for any job right now, or looking for work you love, join What's For Work? using the Patch100 promotional code to receive the following additional benefits:

What's For Work?, in partnership with Patch, will help each woman to:

  • Expand their networking reach.
  • Create a winning resume.
  • Translate their life skills and experience.
  • Establish their personal brand via blogs and social media.
  • Identify and create a target list of 20 prospective employers.
  • Identify 20 decision makers.
  • Have their story told on Patch and What’s for Work? websites via articles, videos, photos and blogs.
  • Three custom workshops: Resume Preparation: Interview with Confidence; Personal Branding via Social media.
  • Opportunity to attend a Patch-What’s for Work? networking event  sponsored by local companies.

What's For Work? is a community-based website founded by Teri Hockett and Dennis Thompson. It's dedicated to helping women find the work they love.

Hockett has more than 15 years experience in the corporate and start-up world and was inspired to create What's for Work as she was preparing to return to work after raising two daughters. (Look for Hockett if you're attending today's East Bay Women's Conference.)

Thompson's expertise is executive recruiting and career management, and he brings more than 20 years of experience helping his clients find their dream jobs.

They offer a customized job search feature, a resume builder to help women identify and translate their “Employed By Life” skills into valuable work experience; an interview worksheet with detailed strategy to help you be the candidate of choice; along with the heart and soul of the site: a vibrant community of other empowered women, experts and companies to network with, share your story with, and get advice and assistance from.

According to one user's testimonial:  

I thought this website was going to be like all those other job career websites that ask you to fill out a profile but nothing ever comes of it. I was so shocked (obviously can't say that enough). As soon as I filled out my entire profile, I got a connection offer from a financial advising firm! I just graduated with a finance degree, and finding a job that you are passionate about but also is within your field is extremely difficult even with a college degree. I immediately got into contact with him and am currently working on setting up an interview date with his firm!

If you are with a company with a job opening, you can always post it on the Patch jobs page. To sign up to hire employees from What's for Work (for a fee), visit their website.

If you would like more information about participating in the program, sign up using the link above and/or contact Teri Hockett, Teri@whatsforwork.com.

If you're a company interested in sponsoring this project, contact Patch advertising manager Aric.Martinez@Patch.com for further details.

LamorindaMan March 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Chris - Agreed. My original comment is clearly a joke. Who in their right mind would take Peter Scolari seriously?
doris March 05, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Couldn't agree with you more, libertus. As a woman who has raised quite a large family and has chosen to always remain in the work force while doing so, I think it is ridiculous for women to claim discrimination when they make choices which negatively affect their working life. You really can't have it all, you need to make smart decisions and not whine about your limited choices when you made those in the first place. And make sure when you have children to raise them with a partner who takes full responsibility for raising them just as you do.
Chris Nicholson March 05, 2013 at 07:28 PM
@Doris: I agree that women should not "claim discrimination" without basis, but why can't private, for-profit organizations offer (for a fee) to assist any client they choose however they choose? It seems perfectly rational that former stay-at-home moms would have a certain commonality of experience/issues that would be efficiently and productively dealt with differently than people with a different life path. As an aside, I think that most of the current earning disparities for women versus men (especially for highly educated professional) can be explained by life choices by women and not discrimination.
Kristen H. March 05, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Gee, Doris, lucky you! I guess you never had a problem with finding affordable daycare for an infant. Not all women become "stay-at-home-mothers" by choice.
Susan March 05, 2013 at 10:26 PM
well, I think a lot of groups of population need extra help these days. How about new college grads who can't find any work at all? how about seniors who are forced to retire at 59 or 60 because no one will hire them? There's a lot of free help out there folks, there's EDD services, there are our libraries, One Stop Career services, etc.

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