• Elisa Sheftic

Women-run Recruitment Agency Offers New Resource for Women Returning to Work


Right Executive Search LLC (RES), a leading recruiting partner to many top employers in the New York-New Jersey metro area, is now offering a new, low-cost resource for women who want to go back to work after years of family leave.


“On Her Way Back” is a new e-book to help “Returners” navigate today’s job-search process, co-authored by Elisa Sheftic, president and managing partner of RES, and Melanie Donus, vice-president of Diversity Acquisition at RES and a certified resume writer. Both are active recruiters and career consultants who frequently receive pleas for help from women who are struggling to relaunch their careers after extended family leave.


According to Ms. Sheftic, returners are often overwhelmed by the technology and changes that have taken place in the job-hunting process during their years away from the employment market. Also, many lose confidence in their qualifications and employability after a career gap, and just don’t know where to begin.


“The book was a labor of love for us,” she said. “It actually took us several years to pull together all the advice, samples, and resources we’ve been sharing with returners, who are not our main clientele or usual candidate base. But we’re former returners and working moms ourselves, we understand the issues, and we wanted to give back to capable professionals who left their jobs to raise children or care for elderly parents.”


The resulting e-book is short, to the point, and purposely inexpensive at $9.99. It aims to help returners figure out what they want to do and what they’re qualified to do, to learn how to optimize their resumes and other job search documents, conduct an efficient and organized job hunt, how to network – and more. It includes helpful templates and a job-search workbook to organize and track applications, target companies, contacts, etc.

“On Her Way Back” puts everything in one place for the returning job-seeker,” said Ms. Donus. “It gives them both the guidance and tools they need to conduct an effective job search, as well as additional resources, like lists of returner-friendly companies and job boards.”


Happily, more companies are awakening to the value of this talent pool since Goldman Sachs introduced the first “Returnship” program in the U.S. a decade ago. Now more than 50 large U.S. companies, from tech giants to manufacturers, offer formal return-to-work programs. Various non-profit organizations are working on corporate partnerships to expand the trend, and specialized placement firms are also entering the market.


“Re-entry opportunities are definitely expanding,” said Ms. Sheftic. “But returners have to know where to look and most importantly, be ready to apply and interview. Our e-book is a low-cost, do-it-yourself alternative to more expensive services they might encounter as they prepare to relaunch their careers.”


“On Her Way Back” is available in Kindle format from Amazon.com or in pdf format direct from the RES website: https://www.rightexecutivesearch.com/women-returners.


About RES: A woman-owned and woman-staffed boutique executive search firm, RES provides candidate search and recruitment services for corporate clients across a wide variety of industries and careers, with particular specialty in the financial services and financial technology (fintech) industries. Members of the RES staff all come from corporate backgrounds, with years of hands-on experience as hiring managers. The company has been in business for nearly 10 years, offering both retained and contingency recruiting. It primarily serves corporate clients located in the New York-New Jersey metro market, but by client referral also handles professional opportunities across the U.S.


The company has grown and expanded its secondary services for individual job-seekers. In 2013, RES began offering individual career coaching and resume-writing services. Last year, RES added career-exploration testing in order to assist returners, students and recent college graduates in identifying their core competencies and ideal job-target categories.

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