what would you do if you havnt worked in 7 years

United States
September 20, 2007 12:30pm CST
and now you are bored and want to get back in the work field but you dont have any current job refrences and dont know about the old ones because again its been so long. To add to the problem you moved from one state to another and dont have any current personal refrences either. Im in this situation The last time i worked was in 2001 and that was in the state of colorado well we moved to missouri in 2002 and i have lost all my friends from colorado. I dont have any friends other then those i have talked to online. But because i was a house wife and my youngest just started school full time i havent worked. any ideas on how to stick my foot in the door would be great appreciated
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Updating your resume with your Life Skills and activities that you have learned over the last seven years is the first step... Providing references from friends, as well as letter's of recommendation from your friends who do work, especially those who are in supervisory or executive positions is another step. Check Out The Journal Of Employment Counseling: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go2161 And sign up for a free employment service that will allow to know what available in you own area and field of interest: http://www.tinyurl.com/profk Keep your spirits up- and stay positive! Nothing about employment NOW is exactly the same as it was seven years ago... and that's a Good Thing! :) Here's some inspiration for you: http://www.prettygirl.youaremighty.com Enjoy your day and Happy Hunting! :)
• United States
21 Sep 07
your links are great thank you for helping me out when i thought all is lost
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@anuj291 (575)
• India
20 Sep 07
well i am still a student and will be workin from next yr,,so i dont no wht i will do but i think its very difficult to sit at home or not be workin and if u say 7 yrs then ...i cant find a word...!!!! thnkx
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
20 Sep 07
I think there are several ways you could approach this. One would be to send out a resume including the fact that you stayed home with your kids and are now returning to the workforce, then listing your skills. There is probably a section on monster.com or one of the other job websites explaining how to convey this in your resume. You could also try just going after a part time retail job - many of these places are just looking for people who will show up on time and be polite to customers for the holiday season. This can get your foot in the door, at least garnering you a reference. If you used to work in a tech position, you might take some courses to upgrade your skills. You could then possibly use your instructor as a reference. I'd just go for it. You have nothing to lose just by trying a bunch of different things.
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@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
20 Sep 07
I would go for it! What do you have to lose?
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• United States
20 Sep 07
your right but i have put in applications all over and finally last week decided to try mc donalds because mc donalds known to hire just about any one. well i had an interview and no call back. kind of makes me feel worthless
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
Hi pretty. My first job was at the age of 38 so don't feel discouraged. I didn't have anything under my belt except for maturity and life experience..I raised both my children and am proud of it. They are great adults and I am proud of that too!! Hopefully McD's will contact you...Keep filling out applications.. I am praying for you and think of you every day...It will work out...Try not to think about it and it will happen...HUGS
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
I know it would be hard but it doesn't mean you cannot find a job, just keep on trying.send out as many resumes as you can. Browse the internet and you know one day your patience will be paid off. You'll get one I'm sure. :) keep your jopes up!
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
20 Sep 07
I'm in a similar situation. I'm in the process of going back to my original profession, physical therapy, something which I haven't practiced for 9 years! So I'm doing volunteer work so that "it will all come back to me" mentally and also to gain some credentials/references. Good luck!
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
Depending on what sort of work that you want to do..Maybe do a refresher course, to look keen to get back into the workforce...
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@rachsal4 (391)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I would take some time and do some kind of course for something, that way you have something to show them when you go in for the job. Actually I haven't worked in four years, I'm planning on going back in two more when my youngest son gets in school full time. I'm going to start classes now for Medical Transcribing so that way when I do go back I can get the job I want. Thats always been one of my fears is trying to get a job, after not working for so long. I wish you all the luck!!
@SViswan (12072)
• India
20 Sep 07
What kind of a job are you looking for? I would suggest starting out part-time so that you can ease yourself into it. Mothers taking time off work for the family isn't frowned upon. I started working again when my older son started full time school. I started out volunteering at school and then moved on to another school. NOw that I have my second to look after, I've quit and am at home full time. You might consider a refresher course in whatever you plan to take up as a career (just to give you the confidence boost)