The Mid-Career GPS Podcast

Owning Your Career Gap with EvolveMe's Linda Lautenberg

August 23, 2022 John Neral Season 2 Episode 118
The Mid-Career GPS Podcast
Owning Your Career Gap with EvolveMe's Linda Lautenberg
Show Notes

Do you have a career gap on your resume? Have you wondered the best way to address it during your interview? What if you could reposition that conversation and control the narrative differently and more positively so hiring managers are interested in learning more about what time in your life and career? 

In this episode, you'll meet Linda Lautenberg. Linda is a return-to-work expert, women’s career advancement strategist, and champion for all midlife career changers. She is the Co-Founder of EvolveMe, an organization specializing in career reinvention and community building for women in midlife career transition.

You can learn more about Linda and EvolveMe on their website, including information about their upcoming Reinvention Collective. Make sure to follow Linda and EvolveMe on LinkedIn and Instagram


Key Topics & Time Stamps: 

·      Introduction (0:00)

·      Meet Linda Lautenberg (4:00)

·      Making a Professional Mindset Shift (15:40)

·      Doing the Inner Work Before You Look for a Job (19:15)

·      Defending and Apologizing for a Career Break (21:03)

·      Explaining the Gap on Your Resume (23:24)

·      Addressing Ageism (25:19)

·      When You Land an Interview Through a Referral (26:10)

·      Be Great at the Virtual Interview (28:22)

·      Answering the Salary Question (30:00)

·      Making Your Career Pivot (32:00)

·      Linda’s Advice to Help You Build Your Mid-Career GPS (35:29)

·      Connect with Linda and Evolve Me (36:55)


List of Resources:

·      Click Here to Get on the Mailing List for John’s New Interview Preparation Group Coaching Program.

·      Your Mid-Career GPS – Four Steps to Figuring Out What’s Next by John Neral

·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career by John Neral

·      Episode 85 – Getting Over Your FOSO (Fear of Standing Out) with Judy Schoenberg from EvolveMe


Calls to Action: 

·      Get your free Mid-Career GPS Resources  https://johnne

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