Vermilion Blog

  • By: Michel Gunn
  • Posted: June 18, 2018

Challenges of Getting a Job During Summer Break: How to Stay Motivated Even Though Employers Have “Checked Out”

Summer break comes and goes so much faster when you are at the receiving end of an interested employer. But what do you do when all employers seem to have “checked out”?

  • By: Debbie Zingg
  • Posted: June 4, 2018

Overcoming Fear - Taking My First Phone Interview

Debbie Zingg, Vermilion member and Career Angel, is celebrating a "first." Her first phone interview after a 10 year career break. She set aside her fear, prepared and took the risk. And so continues her journey of discovering the next chapter of her career.

  • By: Jess Geevarghese
  • Posted: April 30, 2018

What does Surfing have to do with a Career Transition?

Mindfulness teacher Jess Geevarghese explores how mindfulness and meditation are necessary especially during times of change, such as a career transition.

  • By: Scarlett De Bease
  • Posted: April 3, 2018

Rebooting your Dress Code

If you thought making the decision to get back into the workforce and landing a job was hard, wait until you have to choose what to wear. After having been away from the office for a number of years, dress codes have undergone major changes, and odds are so have you.

  • By: Anju Kurian
  • Posted: March 22, 2018

Get off that Hamster Wheel

Why is it that we moms put ourselves last? I am including myself in this category.Whether it’s about our health, careers, friendships – we put kids, errands, even laundry ahead of taking a moment to breathe and focus on ourselves. Yes, even laundry! Makes me feel like that proverbial hamster on a wheel.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: March 15, 2018

Meet Samar Abbas

Meet Samar Abbas, finance professional and mom of 2. Samar returned to work after a 5 year career break. Samar is an investmentment research associate and reflects on her journey back to work.

  • By: Luisa Baldini
  • Posted: March 5, 2018

Is an Elevator Pitch a Verbal Resume?

When you’re preparing your Elevator Pitch, just imagine your listener has a remote control and can switch you off if they’re not interested. t sounds harsh, but it works.

  • By: Sarah Baker Andrus
  • Posted: February 5, 2018

Overcoming the Job Hunt Jitters

“My skills are outdated.” “What I want isn’t out there.” “I don’t think I’ll do well in an interview, it’s been a long time.” If you’re thinking about a job search, then there’s a good chance at least one of these thoughts has entered your mind. Changing jobs, transferring our skills to a new career, or reentering the workforce is one of the most significant life changes we can make. It’s natural to have doubts about everything from our qualifications to how a change may impact our routines, our families, and our self-image. These doubts can lead to very real physical symptoms – queasiness, heart palpitations, sweating. Oh my!

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: January 5, 2018

Meet Catherine Testorf

It's all about the story and this is a great one to share! We had a chance to meet up with Catherine Testorf, mom of 2, art dealer, former finance executive, and native of Switzerland. Her path back to the paid workforce was via entrepreneurship, an opportunity to combine her skills in relationship building and passion for art.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: December 4, 2017

The Interview Diaries

Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn once said, “Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.” This perfectly captures how I felt as I prepared for my first job interview after more than 10 years.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: October 26, 2017

The Culture Connection

When it comes to finding the right work culture, it’s all about feeling like you fit in and are connected to those around you. A place where you can be yourself and where you are free to contribute and create. All sounds great, right? You'd think evaluating "work culture" would definitely be a top priority for each of us.

  • By: Anne-Barbara Lemmens
  • Posted: September 28, 2017

Making Decisions and Moving Forward

We are faced with decisions every day, some minor and other that can change everything. One day, my husband came home and asked me if we should relocate to NY for his job. This was an easy one for us; I immediately answered “yes, of course!”

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: September 5, 2017

Is a Career Change in Your Future?

This time of year can be a bit bittersweet. Letting go of the freedom that summer brings is tough. On the bright side, any new season opens a window - a chance to think about you and the next chapter of your career.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: August 2, 2017

Are You at a Career Crossroads?

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • By: Mary Wallace Jaensch
  • Posted: July 27, 2017

Entrepreneurship: The Opportunity to Create Your Next Big Gig

Have you ever found yourself hoping for something or someone to change your life, for something to shake you out of what you expect or for a way to create your perfect new professional opportunity? It’s like waiting for a bus … if you just wait long enough, one is bound to come along and whisk you away to a new place, a better place.

  • By: Sheila Crowley
  • Posted: July 17, 2017

Meet Sheilah Crowley: Guiding Aspiring Entrepeneurs

We had the pleasure of getting to know Sheilah Crowley, founder and CEO of The Summit, a women owned business designed to create expedient, breakthrough results. Sheilah specializes in working with aspiring and current entrepreneurs to move from stuck and unclear to a place of authority around where she’s going and why, in record time.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: July 10, 2017

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

Summer is officially on. We hope you are relishing the slower pace, the chance to play, and the company of friends and family. A favorite summer treat for us is catching up on movies and this summer's blockbuster is undoubtedly Wonder Woman, currently reported to be the highest-grossing movie in the DC Extended Universe in the US. 

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: June 15, 2017

Spotlight on Maricella Herrera, Director of Global Membership, Ellevate Network

Maricella Herrera is the Director of Global Membership at Ellevate Network. She is originally from El Salvador and was working in finance in Mexico before making her way to NYC. She discusses how her own career path has surprised her and the upcoming Ellevate Global Mobilize Women's Summit on June 21 in NYC.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: June 6, 2017

Time To Strengthen Your Weak Ties

It's June - warm weather, the promise of summer, and lots of chances to get social. In other words, its time to "network", a word many are averse to. Although this may be a departure from your norm, it's a necessity to propel yourself into the next phase of your career.

  • By: Ken Bambace
  • Posted: May 9, 2017

Mindfulness, An Ally During Career Transition

Imagine what it would be like if we had some control over Nature. Envision the power we would possess if we could recharge or even increase the energy of our inner battery. Try to sense how, in your body, it would feel if we had even just a little more space or objectivity in reactive situations where we normally get triggered, tense up and contract.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: May 2, 2017

A Mindful Approach to Career Transition

Its May and we are being mindful - present with our thoughts, our intentions, and our actions. This is inherent to each of us, it just get buried given our harried lives. With this, we bring our attention to thinking about about the life we want to create. What does this look like? A big part of this is the work we choose in the next chapter of our careers.

  • By: Jeanette Gisbert
  • Posted: April 10, 2017

Benefits of Volunteering While Looking for Your Next Job

Jeanette Gisbert, Deputy Executive Director of Volunteer New York, shares her experience on how strategic volunteering can be a vehicle to re-enter the workforce after a career break or even to explore a career change. Volunteer New York! is a one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester and its surrounding communities.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: April 7, 2017

Faces of Vermilion: Kapila's Success Story

Lawyer and mother of 2, Kapila Juthani transitioned from being a stay at home to working part-time and is now the Assistant Director of Career Counselor at Pace University Law School. She shares her journey, important tips on interviewing, and her advice for the Vermilion Talent community.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: April 6, 2017

Mastering the Interview

This month we are highlighting interviewing, the art and science of selling yourself to a perfect stranger in 30 minutes. How do you communicate your core values, skills and abilities with confidence? Most of us cringe at the thought of this, but again, preparation is the key to mastery.

  • By: Jocelyn Greenky
  • Posted: March 13, 2017

7 Essentials For Building Your Personal Brand and Getting Back in the Game of Work

Office Culture and Politics Expert, Jocelyn Greenky, shares her perspective on how to build a personal brand and get back to your career. Relevant for those stepping back in to the workforce after a career break as well as those ready to pivot and transition into a new career.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: February 6, 2017

Tips & Tricks: Communicating with Confidence through your Personal Style

For those in the midst of a career transition, re-examining your personal style and curating a professional wardrobe is part of the process.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: January 27, 2017

Spotlight on Wendy Sachs, Author & Content Strategist

Wendy Sachs recently published her book, Fearless & Free, How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers. After many pivots in her own career, Wendy shares her journey through the world of politics, media, and advertising.

  • By: Alison Sheehy
  • Posted: December 2, 2016

Tips & Tricks: Getting a Great Professional Headshot

Photographer Alison Sheehy shares her advice on how to get a great headshot.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: November 18, 2016

Spotlight on Sarah Hanawi, TED Resident, Executive Director of Purpl

Sarah Hinawi is a TED Resident and Executive Director of Purpl, where she directs and manages the operations of a 2+ million dollar trust devoted to personal and professional development.

  • By: Janet Krusche, Director of Human Resources at REIS
  • Posted: October 21, 2016

Tips & Tricks: How to Network Effectively

Networking is a key activity for anyone who wants to accomplish something. Just look at the popularity of Meetup, the online social networking portal, and you will see how important connecting with others is in all areas of our lives.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: September 16, 2016

Tips & Tricks: How to Highlight your Volunteer Experience

During a career break, many women contribute their skills, knowledge, and time to volunteering. We find that many women hesitate in counting volunteer activities as a job. We'll say it again, whether it is paid or un-paid, work is work, yielding experience, skill development, and achievements.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: September 2, 2016

Ready to Reclaim your Career? 8 Re-Entry Tips to Get you Back to Work

We hear many stories of why women find themselves in the midst of a career break, ranging from the irresistible lure of motherhood, unexpected health issues, relocation, downsizing, to caring for elderly parents.

  • By: Vermilion Talent
  • Posted: August 19, 2016

Spotlight on Leslie Bouchard, Senior Director Human Resources, Ethan Allen Global Inc.

We had the pleasure of getting to know Leslie and wanted to share her perspective on talent, the job market and getting back in.