6 Ways to Keep Family From Derailing Your Career

New research by Sylvia Ann Hewlett suggests how to keep a time-out from being permanent.

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6. If you do "off-ramp," stay involved. High-profile volunteer activities, for example, can demonstrate transferable skills that are valued in the paid workplace. "Then it doesn't look like you have a hole in your resume," says Hewlett.