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I need some advice!


I'm thinking about re-entering the workforce after being a stay at home mom for the past 25 years. How ever the jobs that I had before becoming a mom were nothing to write home about and the two main places are no long in business. It's been so long that I can't even remember my manager's names. I worked at the Ponderosa Steakhouse for about a year were I was in change of they're huge salad bar and the other main job I had was at a grocery store. I got hurt at that job and was on
compensation for a few years and while I was off I got my GED. That's also when
I got pregnant with my first son. I never went back to work because my husband
was making enough at that time that anything I would have made the government
would have just taken back at the end of the year. I know being on comp isn't
suppose to even be brought up, or held over my head, but I feel like it will
just be one more thing that will end up holding me back. I also have some
factory experience, but that was so long ago that I'm not sure if it’s even
worth mentioning. I even thought about adding that I've been helping companies
promote their products through the reviews and surveys that I've been doing for
the past 10 years. Than I thought that might look stupid because I'm not paid
to do the reviews and I get paid very little for the surveys. I guess m
biggest question is, am I just dreaming, or is there a way that I can write up
a resume that people will actually read and not just toss it aside?
anyone has been in my situation and were able to return to work, or they just
have some advice they could give me could you please help me. I haven't even sent
my first resume out and I already feel like its hopeless. I know that's not a
good attitude to have, but when I look back on my life it seems sad. Don't get
me wrong, I've loved every minute of the time I was able to spend with my sons
when they were growing up, I know a lot of us don't get that option and I'm
very grateful that I did! I just feel like after all these years and my age
that its left me in a place with no hope of even getting an interview never
mind a job. Any how, please feel free to give me you're honest opinion and any
help you might be able to give me. Thanks ladies. :)

Jan 15, 2018 @ 10:40 am

4 Replies



I became an empty nester and went back to work after 22 years. Granted, having a high school education still only got me a job at a grocery store as a cashier, but I am only wanting part time and its convenient to my home. (Literally across the street.)
You are right, you have a shitty mindset if this is what you want to do.
However, you still seem to want to get a job, so just do it! You have no reason not to.
Change your mindset and change your life. What may start out as a shitty job could become that blessing in disguise.
Good luck!
Jan 15, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

You can do it ☺️ There are lots of people in your position. You are not alone. There’s a lot of people who send in resumes all the time with absolutely NO experience. I have done a lot of hiring in my day and I can tell you that sometimes those who haven’t been in the work force for a while or ever are moldable. You’re not stuck in your previous employers ways. So you are trainable and able to start off fresh with a company. If you were to come into my place of business and ask to speak to the manager so you can give a resume with a great attitude I might hire you off of your positivity and not pay too much mind to the resume.
So here’s what I would do. If you are able to bring your resume into the business (some are online only) do it and ask for a manager or ask when they will be in next. Hand your resume to a manager. It shows you have ambition. Then if they don’t call back in a few days- call them. Call them up and say “Hello there, this is so and so I handed a resume off on Monday and I was wondering if anyone had a chance to review it yet?” Again shows that you really want the job. You will have to be ready for a no if they are not hiring. Yes I would bring it to places you want to work at but have no job posting. Some places don’t need to post for job openings because they get a constant flow of resumes. You calling back and checking in makes your resume stand out even if you have only one or two things on it.

That’s how I would play it if I didn’t have much on my resume. Personality goes further than you think. Just walk in with a great attitude. If you were employed years ago they don’t really need your managers name. Just put down your last couple jobs 6-7 major things that you did for each business. You will be asked why you haven’t had a job in a while, but you have a good answer and it is very acceptable. Stick to what you like and know for jobs you apply for. I hope this helps a little. Just don’t give up. Keep handing the resumes out. Even if you hand it off to the same place twice in a month. It shows you have initiative.
Jan 15, 2018 @ 03:21 pm

Thanks Ladies

I didn't mean to sound like I'm in a bad mindset, but I guess I kind of am. I just felt a little discouraged after reading some things on line that some other women my age have gone through. They all had collage educations and great jobs before leaving to take care of their families, but they couldn't even get people to look at their resumes. That's why I turned to you chicks. I knew someone out there would be able to help me. Most of the trouble I'm running into is just filling out an application for jobs that are posted on line. If you leave something blank, like the companies phone number, it won't let you move on. Like I said I can't remember phone numbers for the companies I worked for and even if I did, they aren't in business any more so it wouldn't matter. I guess looking on line isn't going to help me and I should just do like you said TriciaLove. All I want is something say at a grocery store, or helping out in a kitchen. Just something that will help my husband and I pay the bills and get by.

I have another question for you and you'll probably laugh at me, but what is a cover letter and do you think that might be a better way for me to go? There wasn't such a thing way back when. lol
The Indeed web site that posts jobs has an option for a cover letter before you add your resume. Would that be where I could explain my situation and tell people what I have experience in?

Thank you both for your advice, I'll take all the help I can get. :)
Jan 16, 2018 @ 09:21 am

Text phone app

You can always download textfree plus and u can get calls and make calls and texts so costco can contact you hope this helps
Feb 09, 2018 @ 12:37 am

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