Looking for a job after being out of the workforce for several years...

@patgalca (11965)
Canada
May 18, 2007 4:32pm CST
I have been out of the workforce for over 10 years since I gave birth to my last daughter and subsquently developed fibromyalgia. Since my health has improved somewhat over the last couple of years I feel I might be able to work part-time. I have been looking for a job for awhile now. This week there was an ad in the paper for a job. I ripped it out and set it aside. I woke up this morning and knocked myself on the head. Publishing company? Why am I hesitating on that? So I typed up a covering letter today. Here is where the hard part comes in. They want resumes sent in with references. Usually one just puts "references available upon request" on the resume and then worries about it later. Today I have had to come up with references to submit with my resume. Where am I going to get references? Is it possible to find someone I worked with 10 years ago who would be considered a reliable reference? I mean, sure I was wonderful 10 years ago when I worked in their office, but they know nothing of me today. For my first reference I have used a member of my writing group. Since I act as secretary for the group we both thought it would be helpful. I did get in contact with a co-worker from 10 years ago and got his information. We had a nice chat. It was nice talking to him again. But what will his word be worth? The other reference I used is, believe it or not, my Avon representative. I worked briefly for her making phone calls. What do you all think? How does one come up with references after being out of the work force for a long time?
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• United States
18 May 07
From organizations you have done volunteer work for. Don't sell yourself short. At home mom's who do volunteer work show that they have stayed engaged with the world and have been learning new skills and have a variety of experiences. It helped me get my first job coming back to work after 15 years.
@patgalca (11965)
• Canada
18 May 07
My only problem with this is the only volunteer work I have done is through the church. I don't want to bring religion into it because you never know who you are applying to. It may not go over big if I, as a Catholic, were to be applying for a job with a guy who is an atheist or Jewish. Some people are sensitive about that so I need to stay away from that area, unfortunately.
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• United States
18 May 07
That is exactly where I did all my volunteer work. It helped me.
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• United States
18 May 07
Maybe you can use a neighbor to help you verify that you have been a stay at home mom etc... If you know the neighbor well enough. But i think you did right on using the ones you did. And like it was said above use your church references. Jobs can't discriminate against religion. So that volunteering will definately help you out also.
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@BarBaraPrz (14258)
• Hamilton, Ontario
19 May 07
What about Regal? Any leads there? But I think you've got enough refs to start with... after all, you've been a sahm for 15 years. They'll take that into account. Good luck!
@patgalca (11965)
• Canada
19 May 07
You think I should use my former Regal customers as references? I couldn't think who to use as so many of them are a bunch of old ladies. LOL!