President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
We all know that it can be quite difficult to reenter the workforce after putting your career on hold. Whether you decided to leave your job to care for your children, an ailing parent or a debilitating illness, the thought of going back to work may be nerve-wracking. Your administrative skills may be rusty. You may have forgotten how to be a productive employee. You, then, may be a bit hesitant and unsure about how and where to begin.
If this is the case for you, consider a returnship.
A returnship is a higher-level internship for career professionals who have taken some time off from work and are looking to rejoin the workforce. Similar to an internship, a returnship is short-term or temporary employment. However, unlike many internships, you are compensated for your time worked. Your compensation is commensurate with your experience and skills set.
During your returnship, you may freshen up on administrative skills or receptionist skills and learn new computer software to make an easier transition to the market place. Perhaps you also can freshen up on clerical skills. You may be supervised by the Office Manager who can help you acclimate back to the office setting.
If you are looking to jump back into the job market, consider a returnship. It will help you to keep abreast on today’s ever-changing employment and tech culture. It will also help to refresh and improve skills that may have been out of practice during your time off from your career. Additionally, it affords you the opportunity to be trained, mentored and re-acclimated into the current workforce and job environment.
Although a returnship is technically a contract position with no guarantee of permanent employment at the end, it should be an employment option to consider to get your foot back in the door. Think of it as a stepping-stone or helping hand to learn new technology and methodologies. It is also a great way to boost your resume portfolio.
If you have any questions about returning to work, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.