transition

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2003
transition
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Fri, 08-22-2003 - 1:35pm
need input on this one!!!!

I've been trying to get a job, but a number of prospective employers have told me that I'm not employable due to to the fact that when my children were small I stayed at home and took care of them... my youngest child is 14 years old, and I did go back to work quite a few years ago, but that was when I was living in a different area, and now that I'm in this one particular location where 'the rule of the day' is daycare for all, I'm told that my long-ago history of taking care of my own kids has left me as a very poor employment risk...

anyone have some input or advice on this?



p.s. my screen name is Heart_of_fire, not heart of fir!!!! :)

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Registered: 05-28-2003
In reply to: heart_of_fire
Fri, 08-22-2003 - 2:39pm
"employment risk" as in "they're afraid you'll quit your job to SAH?" If your youngest is 14 then you probably aren't looking to work just few months then quit. You can argue that point with the prospective employer perhaps.

OR is it more like "you've been out of the field for over 10 years so they don't see you as qualified?" If that's the case then you would need to show them in some way that you *are* as qualified as the next applicant. I guess a lot may depend on the field of work you're going for. What area are you in (job-wise)?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: heart_of_fire
Fri, 08-22-2003 - 8:28pm
Try volunteering or getting an internship and maybe take some classes in your field.

good luck.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: heart_of_fire
Fri, 08-22-2003 - 9:56pm
It's easier to find a job when you have a job. Don't be afraid to take something beneath you to prove you're going to stick with working. Employers are likely concerned that you'll quit and don't want to invest the effort into training someone who they feel is likely to quit. Find something and THEN start looking for what you want.