Dear Experts, I’ve been out of the workforce for 21 years. I earned my BA in English two years ago. I have sent out some 70 resumes. I’ve only been given one interview (last November) that didn’t pan out. Kind have given up. However, I’ve recently tapped into online freelance sites. I can’t get anything there (so far). The problem is my lack of network/references/experience. The three jobs I successfully held prior to my having children have all gone out of business. I don’t have a huge circle of friends to tap into. I’ve been rather isolated due to being the only at-home mom in my neighborhood. I’m not a member of any organizations/clubs (Huge mistake, I now know). I have a vast number of abilities (Administrative, writing, research, organization). I have consulted briefly (as a volunteer) for three non-profit organizations. I’d almost say I’m a “Jacqueline of all trades,” kind of person. I feel lost and scattered at the same time. However, my favorite activity is to proofread documents (I prefer business over academic). I haven’t figured out how to tap into that thus far. I’m sorry I’m dumping so much out here (and probably have more), but I would greatly appreciate how to proceed with my job search. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: @juliaerickson Q#153 Try 2 get job 2 dev habit of wkg, get info re what u like/don't; ID ideal job, target as othrs say. @juliaerickson Q#153 Wkg w/woman returng 2 wk aftr 20 yrs; big shift; lookg @ past to ID skills/talents: http://julieannerickson.blogspot.com/ @beneubanks Q#153 I do plenty of freelance writing online, & it's not 2 hard 2 start. Check Demand Studios. Good luck! @jtodonnell Q#153 Go to a temp agency & try to get admin work so you can get recent work experience. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
June 08, 2009