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Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:15 am - 11:45 am

Is it possible to rejoin the professional workforce after a career break of 5, 10, or 15 years? There are many reasons one might take a career break, but regardless of the reason, heading back to the workforce can be daunting. How do you convince employers that, in spite of your hiatus, you’re excited and ready to work?

Having a strategic plan, the right tools and an effective process to follow are the keys to successfully returning to the workforce. Learn how to network effectively even when you aren’t sure of what you want to do, and why reaching out to former colleagues, even after many years, can still be helpful.

This presentation will help you understand:

  • The importance of staying current;
  • The dos and don’ts of a successful search;
  • The significance of using technology and social media in your search;
  • That networking is critical and not as scary as it seems.MaryBeth.Barrett-Newman 200

Mary Beth Barrett-Newman is an experienced executive, coach and mentor with 20+years of her “first career” spent in financial services and consulting. She has recruited, trained and managed countless professionals but it was her love for coaching and mentoring that led to the creation of 2nd Career Consulting, with a unique focus on people re-entering the workforce. Mary Beth is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory ® assessments, a Mock Interview Consultant for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Volunteer Advisor at the Career Resource Center, and a frequent speaker on issues related to today’s job search and returning to the workforce. Mary Beth has a MBA in Finance from DePaul University and a BA in Business Administration from Augustana College.


No Registration Required

Free for CRC Members/$20 fee for Non-members

Career Resource Center, Inc.® is the proven confidence-building, employment resource featuring individualized attention, education, training and coaching by industry professionals.Results-focused, CRC has assisted more than 12,000 job candidates during its 26 year history, with a success rate averaging 80%. Our strength is in energizing and empowering job seekers and helping candidates navigate the process with relevant, proven job search strategies.  Our professionals focus on helping job candidates optimize their search efforts and maximize their results. Modest fees are possible as this 501(c)(3) nonprofit is supported by donors and volunteers.


  • Job Search Coaching Sessions: Private, confidential sessions on identifying and articulating strengths, determining focus, search strategies and tactics; plus coaching throughout your search.
  • Interview Preparation: Private sessions prepare candidates for interviews via discussion on techniques/strategies and with mock interviews that may be digitally recorded and critiqued.
  • Job Search Roundtables: Informal small group strategy and tactic sessions facilitated by CRC advisor.
  • LinkedIn Tutoring:Individual, one hour consultations on how to take advantage of this professional network.
  • Educational & Training Programs: Professionals share their expertise with the goal of helping individuals enhance their professional toolkit and gain the knowledge and skills critical for conducting a successful job campaign.
  • Networking Sessions: Outside professionals facilitate an animated exchange of information between participants.  Open to the public at no charge.  Bring resumes, business cards and handbills.
  • Online Job & Research Specialist: Individual assistance on identifying effective job search websites, researching businesses, finding job opportunities, completing online applications, and more.


  • Office Away From Home:  Wi-Fi along with 5 computer workstations, 3 desks with laptop hook-ups, phones, printer, copier, and paper.
  • Reference Library: Employment directories, guides, newspapers, etc.
  • Online Employer Database: ReferenceUSAtm a premier       reference tool offering access to a proprietary database of 24 million U.S. businesses.
  • CRC LinkedIn Group:Engage in dialog regarding job search, expand connections, gather information, and receive job postings.

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CRC is located in a residential neighborhood on the Grove Cultural Campus in southwest Lake Forest
40 E. Old Mill Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045



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