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    Question It's just about time for me to re-enter the workforce after a VERY LONG TIME - Resume

    DH and I have been talking over the last few days and have decided that if I go back to work we will be able to leave here (which I'm sure most of you have at some stage or another read my threads about how unhappy we are here). So here is my dilemma - What do I put on my resume? I mean for the last 6 years I have been a SAHM (I went back to work when DS1 was 7 months old for a year) and before that a SAHM for about another 18 months. I have ZERO current or recent work experience. I have done NOTHING So I have been trying to contact old employers today for references and they have either moved on, sold up, or died. So what do I do? There is an awesome job advertised that would suit me down to the ground and is 4 hours away in the next major town (still only 3000 perople there but DH and I think we could do well there). How do I put an application for this position if I haven't got the faintest idea how to do my resume? I have nothing to put on it My last position was an office manager for a wholesaler. Has anyone else been through this and sucessfully re-entered the workforce? Has anyone got any templates that I could take a look at? Thankyou in advance

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    Could you try one of the places that write up resumes for you? They should know how to word it and what to do about references etc. Good luck.

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    First of all you haven't done nothing, you have raised children (which is work in itself). Raising children involves skills like time management, patience etc - be a bit creative and try to think of things you could add to your resume that you have done as a SAHM that are relevant to the job.
    I would also suggest possibly volunteering, obviously this doesn't help money wise but you could gain some valuable references and also have something extra to add to a resume. Studying could also help with this, although it would mean taking a bit longer to get into the workforce.
    I think often getting a job is more who you know, not what you know so ask around - ask everyone you know if they know of a job. If you know someone who can put in a good word for you that can go a long way.
    Seeking professional help with a resume is a good idea also.
    Good luck.

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    I would refresh your skills if need be, ie. take some intermediate and advanced courses in Microsoft Word and Excel because it has changed A LOT since I left work 7 years ago, I would do this before applying for office based work again.

    Good luck.

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    I reckon showing up in person to submit resumes would help also, as you can chat about things. I probably wouldn't expect to get THE job to start off with. I'd expect to get something really basic first, and work my way back to where I was.

    Good luck!


 

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