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How Two Ambitious Women Make Job Sharing—and Life—Work

Alix Apfelberg and Sharon Blender share talent and technology to succeed in fast-paced Silicon Valley

“The nature of the jobs we take and design result in really complex roles. And what we bring to those jobs is more than what one person alone could bring.”

I was working like crazy. I had no time.

Before we decided to job share at a Fortune 100 technology company, Sharon and I worked together almost every day for two-and-a-half years. Sharon had come from a computer hardware company, where she had job shared for four years. I was feeling very burned out in my finance position and ready to work on something new. We happened to be carpooling to a women’s leadership conference, and Sharon was talking to another person in the car about her old job share partner. I was all ears! “What’s a job share? I’ve never heard of that before.”

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molly | August 16, 2011 | Automation, Finance, Women, Working Mother | 1

The Hopeful Job Seeker

Former claims rep Bonnie Edwards comes to terms with a job loss and strives to start over

"I was fired in August 2009. How can you target someone who’s been able to do a job for twenty-one years and suddenly say they can’t do the job?"

“As a Human Resources executive for over twenty years, I have seen my fair share of resumes. Sometimes we get so caught up in ‘key word matches’ and ‘job fit’ that we forget each and every resume represents a real person out there with hopes and desires for a happy and productive life. Bonnie’s story helped me remember this. She started in the automobile insurance industry right out of college and after twenty-two years at the same company was fired from her job. She is actively seeking new employment and, in our conversation, describes feeling grateful, at peace, and more hopeful about the future. At her request, we’ve used a pseudonym.”

- Chronicler Sherry Jordana

I’ve got the perfect job for you

I graduated from Rutgers University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and intended to go into social work. But I would have had to work over a year without health care benefits, and since I was just out college and really needed health benefits, I decided not to pursue social work. I ended up going to an employment agency. The agency person went through her files and told me, “I’ve got the perfect job for you!”

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molly | November 06, 2010 | Automation, Insurance, Job Search, Unemployment | 8

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