No posts since January. Want to know why? I’ve been working!! Yabbadabbadoo! I’ve had several J-O-B-S where I get paid to work, think, contribute, and negotiate despite the fact that I have been in and out of the workforce since the days way back when, when Madonna was the reigning Lady Gaga.
- Apply to every flippin’ job you find. If the ad by any measure offers a potentially income generating possibility, apply. And don’t expect a response. Ever. Hit Craigslist, and every online job generator in your geographical location. Apply again and again and write a cover letter/note each and every time. Someone will eventually bite. You will not get a response from 99% of the ads you apply to, but those you do get — I’m talking about the rejections — are potential future contacts. Save them, and write them again to see how their hire is working out.
- Adjust your resume for each job you apply to. They want a classroom aide? Crow about your years as room mother, scout leader, playground supervisor. Get references from friends and colleagues that have seen you at your best. They want a chef? Create a completely different resume with your culinary and service staff skills highlighted. They want a writer? Every comment on every blog, forum, discussion; every PTO newsletter, letter to the editor, and petition drive counts. Get references applicable to each. But for goodness sakes, send the right resume and reference to the right job.
- Tell everyone you know you’re looking for work. Long before Facebook and LinkedIn, women have networked support groups. People know people, and word gets out. It’s what we women have done forever, and when job hunting, networking takes precedence over everything else.
- Whatever the job is, you can do it. Perhaps the hardest lesson is to lie. When prospective employers asked if you have certain skill set, if you have even remotedly heard of it, lie. “Why, I’m a bit rusty, but yes I do.” Then google and yahoo every freebie forum to learn the basics. Or asked one of your kids to teach you. It will get your foot in the door so you can win them over with your tried and true skills.