How Can I Get a Job?

Updated on October 20, 2016
J.C. asks from Woodbridge, NJ
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Ok. I am in my early 50s. I have been at home raising my kids. I never received a degree from college. When I was younger school was difficult. What am in qualified to do. My husband owns his own business. I want to do on my prove i can do it.

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answers from Norfolk on

Try working for the school system - janitor or food service.
I'm doing food service in high school right now.
My son's a senior this year and it works well with his schedule.
When school is closed due to weather - we both have the day off.
It's 5 hrs a day (30 min lunch to eat before we serve the kids) - and it's a work out.

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answers from Portland on

Our community college has courses designed for women like you. A student learns how to get started towards finding a job/career. Students learn skills to find a focus in areas which they already have some skills and interests on which to build. They learn how to get prepared for work by developing skills.

Make an appointment with a guidance counselor to see if something like this is available in your community.

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answers from Abilene on

You might think about interviewing with a temporary agency. They can help you with skills and there would be a variety of work available.

The very best job I had was offered to me after I had been there for a little while through a temp agency. It's a nice way to get your feet wet, build confidence and sharpen skills. There were several jobs I took as a temp that I didn't like. It was easy to tell them it wasn't a good fit and move on to something else.

Going back to school is always a good option. You are capable of whatever you decide to do.

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

What do you want to do? Going back to school is a good option to get training in a field you are interested in.

What are you good at? What are your interests?

Don't sell yourself short. I'm sure you can find something you like. Many plavesveill be hiring seasonal employees right now,you could try out retail!

Another good option to find what you like is working through a temp agency. Accept different positions to see what fits you best.

We don't know what your qualifications are because we don't know you. Look within yourself and go find what you are looking for.

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answers from Washington DC on

well, you don't mention what you know, what you've done, what your interests are, what you're passionate about, or what skills you have.
so i guess you just go about it generically.
go to community college and take a few refresher courses. look in the papers and online. network with your friends and acquaintances. volunteer.
i mean, what else is there?

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answers from Houston on

Its hard to say with your post. I have no idea what your skills are or what you are interested in. Until then, I really can't help.

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answers from Los Angeles on

What would you like to do? What hours are you available to work? Do you think you would like to work with children? Entry level positions in daycares and nursery schools usually require minimal qualifications. Jobs in retail can be flexible and rewarding. If you get a job as a cashier at a grocery store you not only earn a paycheck, but often get discounts on your groceries.

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answers from Boston on

What are your skills? What volunteer work have you done that may translate into a workplace? Have you organized things at the school, done projects for church, run a Scout troop, planned plays or recitals, helped out at a nursing home or senior center? Make a list of your skills (organization, fundraising, publicity for events, data entry for school rosters or similar, budgeting, meal preparation for more than your family, carpool organization (more than just your own kids). Then sit down with 3 friends and get them to make a list of your skills and attributes.

Look at resume templates and ways to do a skills-based resume rather than a chronological employer-based resume. There are lots of people who consult on this sort of work - I have a friend who does it, for example, and her big selling point is that she has a 95% "success rate" (meaning she gets 95% of her clients into an interview, so that means their resumes got noticed. She also does interview prep. There are a lot of HR people who do this, and also life coaches who specialize in this work. You have to be willing to invest a little money in this, but it's usually deductible and you'll make it up on the other end.

Do you still have kids at home and do you need a school calendar-based job? Start with a job at the school (even cafeteria worker) or bus driver. If not, look at temp agencies - lots of companies will do a temp-to-permanent trial period.

You should also figure out your goals - do you want a salary, or do you want to prove yourself with your own business? I wasn't clear from your last sentence what your aspirations are.

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answers from Washington DC on


Welcome to mamapedia!

You came here - so you have the ability to search on the internet.

First thing you need to do is get your resume today. Since you've been home raising your kids, are you responsible for balancing the family budget? Keeping costs down? Think of what you did to make your family move forward and put it down on paper.

Figure out what you WANT to do. You HAVE to be happy doing what you do or you will NOT like getting up and going to work each day.

Why not go back to school and get a certification or a degree so you know what you want to do? Have you EVER worked? If so, what did you do?

Why can't you work for your husband's business? Just because you're working for his business doesn't mean you can't do it on your own.

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answers from Santa Fe on

Raising kids has given you tons of skills! You just need to spin it that way. But really, I'm sure you are qualified for many things. My mom got a job when she was about age 63 working as a helper in a large office. She had not worked in years. She files things and does other mundane tasks that pile up. She calls herself a "girl friday" and she loves it. You could probably work at a grocery/box store service center. You could work in retail. You could work as a vet assistant. You could work the front desk of many businesses who just want a greeter. The front desk of a doctor's office to check people in. You could work at a museum checking people in. You could work checking people into a gym. You could work at a library. You could work at a university...they need many admin people. You could work as a recess monitor at an elementary school. One way to start is to volunteer. Over the years I have volunteered at the vet, fish and wildlife, the library, the environmental center (this was fun), museums, and helping graduate students with their field work.

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answers from Sacramento on

It's all about your current skills. Employers want candidates who are current in the skills needed for their openings. One thought is to pursue entry-level temporary administrative jobs. They won't pay a lot, but you'll get recent experience for your resume and a current reference. You'll also build your network.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I have an undergraduate degree in marketing and my MBA and I am in the same boat as you. I've been out of work for almost 14 years. Fortunately, I do not have to work but some times think the extra income would be nice. My husband was self employed for over 10 years but the last year was really tough and he recently went back to working for a company. Best of luck!!!



answers from Chicago on

lunch lady at schools, bank teller, library, temp agency, cashier, daycare

Places are starting to hire for seasonal workers right now. Also, volunteering could be very satisfying since you don't 'need' to work.



answers from Oklahoma City on

You will probably have to take a job that isn't a great paying. You could gain experience and eventually might decide to go to college for a degree. If your business is successful you might still be able to get some financial aid or loans. Go full time and get a degree in something you love. Then you could have 15-20 years into a career and enjoy making some good money.

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