It’s not often that I review non-fiction here on Joyful Antidotes. That’s because, in all honesty, it is hard for me to find a non-fiction book that I really enjoy. But when I do find one, I love to share it everywhere. Like today’s review.
She’s Back: Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan hones in on women in the workplace. Whether you are coming back after a break, or looking to ramp up a level, this book is an essential guide and helps you succeed. You’ll learn the truth about how the recruitment market really works; how to craft a narrative that explains your value; mobilise a network to support your ambitions and find work that will work for you. Examples of real women’s struggles and winning strategies provide inspiration and will enthuse you about how to make your own comeback.
I mean, there is not much else to say about this book other than it it absolutely fantastic. Just to see such an important topic being brought to the forefront was enough to make me smile.
Just because the title says that this book is for women returning to the workplace, it doesn’t mean that all women can’t benefit from it. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many things I learned from reading She’s Back, including:
- Women have it damn hard returning to work
- Skills I’ve learned in every day life (how to run a household budget, juggle responsibilities, etc.) can all be used to sell myself in an interview
- It can be easier than first imagined to change careers once you know how to sell your skills
- Networking is key
- There are some amazing women out there who have set up wonderful organizations that help women return to the workplace
And, if I doubted that the above things can help and provide pathways for women to return not only to the workplace, but to sometimes new and even better positions they had in the past, the real life examples included in the book prove that to me.
Now, my review might make it seem like the book sets up the reader to believe that re-entry into the workforce is easy. It’s not, and She’s Back shows that. Not all the stories included women who got a job, and the position they wanted, right off the bat. Some women were job hunting and/or working in jobs that weren’t their ideal for some time before their dream job was found. These stories were again testament to the fact that the advice in this book works.
And besides all that, She’s Back does the very important job of highlighting just how difficult it can be for women to return to work. If you don’t read this book for anything else, read it for that.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.