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Posted on May 26, 2009

Everyone knows this is a tough time to be looking for a job. Lately, the news media's angle on this issue has been to examine it through the eyes of recent college graduates (as though grads wouldn't be nervous enough). The New York Times views the issue through a different lens, that of women returning to the workforce due to economic pressure.

For advice, the Times turned to someone that many other women rely upon: Kathryn Sollmann, Class of 1980, is the co-founder and managing partner of Women@Work Network, a recruitment firm in Wilton, Conn.

Her practical advice about not being boxed in by the conventions of resume writing highlights what makes liberal arts graduates such good employees and leaders in the first place. And really, with a little clear thinking and creativity, Sollman's point can apply to any job search, no matter your stage of life or circumstance.

“If you have been running the book fair at school, for example, that is marketing and advertising with results that can be measured in revenue,” Ms. Sollmann said. “I can’t tell you how many times women have done part-time work, volunteer work, been active in industry associations and they ask me, ‘That counts?’ ”

Sollman draws on extensive experience in marketing and communications for her advice. She spent the early part of her career developing and leading training programs for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG), and developing seminars and conferences for Institutional Investor magazine. She left the magazine to establish her own investment marketing communications firm, which she ran successfully for 17 years from a home office. She helped co-found Women@Work in 2002.

Source: The New York Times

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