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“I was looking to talk to other women who are in the same situation or went through the same thing that I'm in now.  I've been a stay at home mom for 15years ( w/an independent consultant jewelry biz on the side for 6yrs). I need to get a job, preferably part time at a time when everyone needs a job. How do I make up a resume when I haven't worked in 15 yrs? I'm not up on my computer programs so is there free classes for that? Do I even know what I want to do as a job? etc, etc. These are the kinds of questions I was hoping to get other womens opinions on this matter.”

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      Maryann Rhodey wrote Feb 28, 2010
    • Even though you haven’t had a “job” outside of your home, you have so many skills that make you more than marketable.  You have organized people, led them as a team, taken care of money and budgeted the income, kept a home, while doing all of the above not to mention, cooking, menu planning, cleaning, laundry and you know how the list goes on.  What I’m trying to say is that you can take those skills and list them, maybe using a more sophisticated wording, as skills that you have a lot of experience.  You have also run your own business and include all of the skills you needed to run that business.  You took orders, money management, organizing orders and parties, whatever you did, list it in a description about your business.  

      As far as the type of job you want, think of what you like to do.  Do you enjoy working on the computer?  Are you more artistic?  Do you have a special place in your heart for older individuals or children?  Think of all the things you like to do and see if you can find a niche where you would be able to use your skills and love of that activity and either turn it into a new business or look for work in that area.  

      As far as computer skills, you can always check with your local adult education center.  If there is a community center near by check and see if they offer any classes.  If there is a community college in your area, they will sometimes offer courses for a small fee.  Some high schools will also offer parent courses in the evenings.  

      Whatever you do, know that you have some wonderful skills that are important in the working world just from the biggest job you ever had, being a mother.  

      Best to you.




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      Mz. Queen wrote Feb 28, 2010
    • Everything Greengirl59 said, I agree with. You are highly skilled you just need to find the right terminology. Housekeeping, domestic engineering, financial consultant and the list goes on. Travel agent. Consider do you really want to be confined to an office. Check out home based businesses. Check out her site and mine.




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      Karyn Olson wrote Feb 28, 2010
    • Volunteering is also a good one too add...just because someone doesn’t get paid...does not mean it isn’t a job...you still are working and learning new skills...good luck in your job search...happy




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      Beebizzynjafra wrote Feb 28, 2010
    • The Employment Development Dept. in your area probabely has classes and they usually have resume building. I have seen resume classes at the local libraries as well. Assitinally, Junior Colleges has a back to work program for Adults. where you get trained for free and gets your skills up to date.
      blessings,
      beebizzynjafra
      myjafra.com/mcuriel




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      Trisha wrote Feb 28, 2010
    • Thanks to all of you for your great advice. I really appreciate it. I have done what a lot of you have suggested when filling out applications, like watching my terminology and putting my volunteer work down, etc. I guess I was just feeling a little defeated knowing that I’m looking for a job after being out of the work place ( as far as most employers are concerned) for 15 years at a time when so many other people are looking for a job as well except they’ve been in the work force for the last 15 years. Just have to keep submitting applications and we’ll see. Thanks again.




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      Paris Mano wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • When I was looking for work after 18 years of not working outside the home, I started with a temp agency. A lot of times they can be temp to permanent. Also the census bureau is hiring right now. They pay very good money. We have testing in our area every weekend and I am sure they must have something in your area. It would be a good way to start bringing in some income until you get a position that you really want. They pay from $15-16 an hour. Wish you the best in your journey!




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      Karyn Olson wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Good one Paris...I never thought of that one too...I have worked temp and gotten hired permanently...also good for getting references.




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      Trisha wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Thanks Ladies. My son and I were laughing this morning after evaluating it some more. I’m looking for part time, something like 9-2pm so we were roughly averaging it out to 25 hours a week. We were saying that I would be lucky to get $10.00 and hour at this point and after filling my car up twice a week ( because I already fill it up once a week now and don’t really go anywhere)at $130.00, that leaves me with $120.00 a week BEFORE taxes. My son jokingly tells me I’ll be bringing home $50.00 a week. He’s not that far off :) So we evaluate full time and I’m in the same boat except now I have to pay for ofter school childcare for my daughter. Do you think I can find a job out there that will be willing to pay me $20.00 an hour ( besides stripping, ha, ha) I say this all light heartedly of course. I know it will work out.




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      Yana Berlin wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Trisha, are you good in sales? There are plenty of opportunities with Bank of America, and Wells Fargo bank. My son worked there for a year, he made a bit over 15 dollars an hour, but he was just a kid




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      Trisha wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Yana, Thank you. I will definitely look into that.




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