Review of She’s Back – Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan

Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Claire

What they say: Women’s careers twist and turn. Women step back or step away for so many reasons. Then, let’s face it, returning is tough.

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.

Lisa and Deb draw on years of research across several different sectors and their experience of working with and listening to the stories of thousands of women to provide a fresh, pragmatic and above all useful handbook for today’s fast evolving job market.

What we say: “As someone looking to return to the workplace after 5 years of being at home looking after my daughter, this has been a very useful book to read. It addresses many of the questions that are going through my head. I feel that returning to work is a very daunting aspect but this book breaks the process down into different steps to think about. It looks at the mental process as well as the practical aspects of your return to work and uses real life examples to inspire you.I know that the workplace has changed a lot since I went on maternity leave and She’s Back has helped clarify what my next steps should be:

  • what I need to do in terms of re-writing my CV
  • updating my LinkedIn profile
  • where to look for job opportunities
  • using my network and extending it

I also found the section on job interviews great as it had several exercises that I intend to do, to practice what I should say and how. I am nervous about having what I think are difficult conversations around my career break, flexibility and finances and these are addressed nicely here too.

Overall, a clear guide to returning to work, packed full of examples, questions, data and useful information. Laid out in simple steps, it has made me feel like I am ready to get back on track!”


She’s Back – Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan is available from many good book stores and online from Amazon.

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