• About the Author: Kathryn Sollmann

    Kathryn Sollmann is the founder and managing partner of 9 Lives for Women, a women's initiatives consultancy and multi-channel blog site, www.9livesforwomen.com, focused on nine distinct stages of lif…

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28 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
20 Years Out of the Workforce & Into A Great Job: 4 Lessons Learned
When you use the “connect the dots” approach for a job at any level, you widen your career possibilities to the nth degree. The fact is that it’s easier for employers to settle into default mode and hire cookie-cutter candidates who all have the same background and experience. The trick is to remind employers that quick studies can learn the language of a new industry.

25 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
Don’t Rent…Buy-In to a Professional Career
When it comes to your career are you a buyer or a renter? Over a lifetim e— both in and out of the workforce — it’s important to buy-in to a professional portfolio that builds on your core skills and experience.

01 Dec. 2015 | Comments (0)
You Can Change Industries When You Connect the Dots
From my recruiting days, I know that even senior-level candidates who want to transfer their skills to new industries rarely go through this exercise of connecting the dots. They assume (often with some measure of indignance and exasperation), for example, that marketing skills are marketing skills in any industry.

01 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Jane’s Journey Back to Work: The Linkedin Profile
In a related blog post I told the story of Jane from California, a 56-year-old woman who is looking to return to permanent work after raising her two children. Initially I asked her to send me three things: her resume, Linkedin profile and a “60 second elevator speech” that describes her professional experience and the kind of work she is pursuing at this life stage.

09 Jul. 2015 | Comments (0)
7 Reasons Why Your Job Search Never Ends
If you tell me you’re lost in a seemingly unending job search, I probably won’t say, “it’s a really tough job market”. Instead, I’ll try to find out if you’re engaged in a tenacious, strategic search generated by a powerful networking engine.

12 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
10 Tips to Keep Your Job Search Moving in the Summer Months
Summer is a key time to keep your job search moving. Though it is vacation season, your networking and recruiter connections are not out of the office. There is a tremendous amount of recruiter search activity in the early fall, so you want to have your ducks in a row before the summer winds down.

18 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
A Day in the Life of A Savvy Job Seeker
Whenever I hear about a recent college grad or a seasoned professional who has “searched and searched for a job” to no avail, I immediately wonder: “Does this person know that finding a job is a full-time sales job?”

28 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
HR Pro Says Women & Girls Need Skills to Close Gender Gap
wondered how a senior Human Resources professional—one who helps women assert themselves in leadership roles—could be so reticent about speaking up for herself. When I dug deeper, I found some realities about the gender pay gap.

07 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
Be A One-Minute Mentor
Women need to keep their ears open and mentor each other–in the course of their daily routines–about work+life options and opportunities. When I read about the fact that “Millennial Women Are Closing the Wage Gap”, I thought about how women in every demographic need to mentor these young women.

16 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
That Grass is Not Necessarily Greener on the Other Company’s Side
Sweeping generalizations run rampant about companies of every shape and size — but there’s some level of dysfunction is in every office suite. It can be shortsighted to write off all those companies that are known as sweatshops, dictatorships and denizens of ruthless scramblers to the top.

12 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
How to Advance Your Career: 15 Doses of “Vitamin C” for Confidence
For working women at all ages and stages, the stress of growing friendships, family and career can often cause a deficiency of what I call “Vitamin C” or Confidence. To get ahead without leaving your best self behind, here are 15 healthy doses of Vitamin “C” for 2015.

08 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Solve Women’s Issues Through Gender Segregation…And Integration
Those who are trying to solve the pay gap for women and get more women to the top ranks are often single voices – and women. Women are only half the equation, though – they can’t solve the problems alone.

06 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
When Flexibility is the Other “F” Word
I believe that everyone’s work life should include flexibility. It’s the only way that I want to work. But a lot of the people who are fortunate to work flexibly have no idea what it’s like to manage a team that is coming and going all hours of the day.

30 Sep. 2014 | Comments (0)
Are Men Really the Bad Guys Holding Women Back?
I believe women are held back by the misperception that they are not welcomed or valued by male colleagues — and by the universal lack of understanding about gender differences, complementary work styles and diversity.

31 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
Don’t Put Your Job Search Cart Before the Horse
Looking to make a change to your work-life status? It’s important not to put the cart before the horse. As I coach women who are in all industries and at the administrative to the executive levels, I see most making quick—often unfounded–assumptions about their job search fate.

18 Jun. 2014 | Comments (0)
Could that Roadblock in Your Work+Life…Be You?
In my older and wiser years I’ve realized that even those who appear to live a fairytale existence struggle with at least one big challenge. Indeed, no one escapes life’s twists and turns. TBICO is a good reminder that we can’t choose our fate, but we can choose how we respond—and take action.

07 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
College Graduates: Follow Your Heart and Your Wallet
It’s college graduation season, and as many college seniors you know are donning cap and gown, I’m adding my advice for young women, especially, as they venture forth into the “real world”.

11 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
What Women Need to Work at Home
Looking for the ultimate in work flexibility? If you’re starting your own business or considering a career as a “telecommuter”, here are a dozen things that women need for home office success.

03 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Choose Your Work + Life Path Based on Fit, Not Fear
Facebook and Twitter are cluttered with pithy quotes, and “thoughts of the day”. With so much to read I often skip over these motivational mantras—but one attributed to Cathie Black made me stop and stare: “How Wide a Frame Can You Put Around Your Future?”

16 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
A Winning Pitch for Work Flexibility
For the last decade+, I have thought about work flexibility and I was happy to discover an excellent take-away from the 85 Broads “Jam Session” designed to help women “Get the Flexibility You Want”.

18 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Minimum Wage, Maximum Benefit
Too many kids today are being compromised by a trend toward unpaid work. It’s not only “volun-tourism” (as is coined in the editorial)—it’s also the virtual epidemic of unpaid internships sponsored by companies that can well afford to pay minimum wage.

09 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Don’t Go Hitching Your Workhorse to the Wrong Wagon
When I listened to a great 85 Broads presentation, “The Flexible Workplace: How Leaders Can Retain the Keys to Success and Avoid Giving Away the Keys to the Kingdom”, I read some statistics that led me to say that perhaps many women are working for or interviewing with the wrong companies.

01 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Don’t Work Hard…Work Smart
An interesting Harvard Business Review article, “Why Men Work So Many Hours,” points to an “hours problem” as the reason that more women do not advance to the top of organizations. What I have observed is that few recognize the difference between working hard and working smart.

31 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Returning to Work? Find a Young Mentor
When you hear the word “mentor”, you immediately think of someone older and wiser, but with digital media you want a “reverse mentor” who is at least a decade or two younger in age.

15 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Close the Wage Gap at the Starting Gate
All reporting on the wage gap makes it sound like companies have one pay scale for women and another for men. Though many things in Corporate America aren’t “fair”, I’m sure this is not true.

05 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Make Your Job Search A Business, Not A Hobby
It’s getting close to graduation time when thousands of job search newbies will start life after college. For most, the objective will be to find paid work–and if you are in this category, know that finding a job is a full-time job.

26 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Network While You Live Your Life
When you’re graduating from college everyone tells you to “network” to find your first job. For many young people networking is a foreign concept. Call the few people you worked for in summer jobs and internships? Write a note to friends of your parents? Sign up for Linkedin?

20 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Date Your Reinvention Dreams
Harvard Business Review blogger Whitney Johnson caught my attention when she tweeted her concept of “dating your dreams”. This makes sense to me because reinvention is so often making a dream happen.

15 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
So the Pay Gap is Self-Inflicted?
For years I’ve been confused about the pay gap for women. I know it exists, but I’ve never fully understood how it happens.

08 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
7 Reasons Why Jane Has No Job
Today I had a coaching session with a bright and accomplished 2011 college grad who has not yet found a job. After our conversation I found 7 reasons why her job search has stalled—and the difficult economy and job market are not on the list!

14 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
18 Tips for Reinvention or Rebranding
Reinvention can be both exhilarating (when planned well) and exhausting (when executed prematurely). Before you run off in any new direction, consult this 9 Lives for Women New Year’s list of reinvention, rebranding and recycling tips!

03 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
Share A Job and Get A Life
Despite the fact that technology keeps everyone connected from any corner of the world, employers like to know they can walk down the hall and solve a problem face to face. For this reason, a job share (essentially uninterrupted face time) makes a lot of sense.

21 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Busy Student Linkedin Challenge
The holidays are around the corner—and that means the January job search launch for first jobs and internships is looming large. Right now you’re probably up to your ears with schoolwork, so how do you get an easy head start now for the job search sprint ahead?

18 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
Mentors and Monsters
In the work world there are mentors and monsters, and there’s a good chance you can learn from both.

10 Oct. 2012 | Comments (1)
No Age Limit on Learning
I’ve spoken to women in their 40s who say they are too old to work. I’ve spoken to out of work women in their 50s who say no one would hire them in a different industry. And I’ve spoken to a woman who has never stopped finding intellectually stimulating work…past the traditional retirement year.

19 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Social Media: Not Just for Kids
Are you a wallflower in the social media world? If you’re looking to advance your career in any industry, you have to jump in and join the online conversation.

30 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Not All Devils and Prada
Smart college kids know how to have a good time and enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime experience, and they also know how to be strategic and plan ahead. One great example is Cady Lang, a rising college junior who has filled her college experience to the brim.

10 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Back to Work With A Healthy Ego
For 10 years, I helped women return to the workforce—and I found that those who were most successful put their egos aside and accepted the fact that they would need to ramp back up again in terms of title, responsibility and compensation.

06 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Leaders Aren’t Only Bold & Outspoken
You’re just starting out in your career—or working in a summer job or internship to boost your resume and give you an edge after graduation. Either way you’re now on your personal path to leadership—not lost at the bottom of the totem pole.

20 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
C-Suite Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
What are women thinking in the C-Suite? Once they have faced and conquered all the obstacles and reached the corporate pinnacle still so dominated by men, what do they wish they had known or done differently as they were building their careers?

25 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Fill the Gap and Win a Job
Here’s the definition of finding a job: filling a gap for an employer. Employers have needs that aren’t being taken care of by current employees. Your resume has to fill the gap and show an employer where you would fit on their team.

18 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Your Finances. 10 Questions. Know Answers.
Too often we’re focused on today: what we need to do at work to get through this week. Most women don’t spend enough time thinking about whether all the money they earn for all the hours they work will last them all the days of their lives.

11 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
You’re Only As Good As the People Around You
The most successful politicians and CEOs surround themselves with good people. They know the best efforts of the most brilliant leaders can be thwarted by a dysfunctional or mediocre team. Though you may not be at the helm of a company, your success still depends on those around you.

07 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
10 Tips for Returning Professionals
Many times I’ve been asked to speak to women’s groups about how to return to the workforce. After focusing on this phenomenon for the last decade, I’ve got a list of 10 fail-proof tips.

30 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Custom-Fit Your Workplace
My recent blog post, “Who Says There’s Flexibility?” talked about the fact that 1 and 4 working women in America do have some kind of flexibility. Until more women step forward and share their flexibility case studies, The Custom-Fit Workplace is a great book for advice.

20 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
I’m on Linkedin…Now What?
Linkedin members join with the understanding that it’s a place to offer help and get help. In my experience, most people are very accommodating. If you have an interest in a specific company, and Linkedin has led you to a hiring manager or key employee, ask for specific help.

12 Apr. 2012 | Comments (3)
Who Says There’s Flexibility?
Talk to most women who left the workforce in frantic search of work-life balance, and they’ll tell you that employers offer little or no flexibility. Over the last decade when I was trying to find women flexible jobs, they were few and far between.

04 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Hope is Not a Strategy
A smart, humorous and very witty guy I know lost his senior-level job and lived to tell the story. To document the experience he wrote a job seeker’s manifesto called “Hope is Not a Strategy”. I’m sharing some of his job seeking wisdom in this blog.