I am re-entering the workplace after 20 years of being at home mom, how should I start my job search?

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  • I am re-entering the workplace after 20 years of being at home mom, how should I start my job search?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 05:43
Focus primarily on what you did before you left employment. But also focus on at least getting back into the job market.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 05:45
It is going to depend a great deal on what jobs you are seeking. If you have skills, make sure they are updated for today's workplace--that means knowing and having the ability to use the software and equipment that businesses will be using. If you have education, or a degree, you're going to be competing with those who have more updated knowledge--and that could be a detriment to finding work in your field. You may want to consider taking some refresher courses to become more updated. If you're looking for jobs in the service industry, you can use your organizational abilities as a homemaker and parent to your advantage--but without knowing more, it's difficult to tell you where to begin. There's another factor here--and that is your age. I don't know how old you are, but remember that your job search will be harder than someone who is fresh out of college or schooling, and you may find it difficult to compete with this strata of the employment world. The hardest thing you will do is put together a resume that employers will find attractive--because your experience will be limited to two-decades old experience. You need to find a way to translate your homemaking experiences into workplace experience. Depending on your personal history, that could be difficult, or it could be easy--but without more information, it's very hard to tell. I wish you luck. This employment market is overloaded with people who are taking jobs well-below their level of education and skills. You're coming into it with a distinct disadvantage. That doesn't mean you won't find work--but don't let your ideas become too big for your situation. Start with local businesses first--retail stores, or even fast-food restaurants--who will hire less-experienced people. It may be your only option right now until you get some further updated experience.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 07:23
Create a functional resume by using the skills you've used while being at home: managing finances, running and maintaining a home, hiring service or maintenance people, developing rapport with the school district, teaching your children, prob!em solving to name a few.

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