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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.

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