Moving my job search from jobs to careers. How to overcome transition?
When I was 16 I moved across the big pond from Germany to the U.S. and never looked back. I was young, ambitious, and wanted to prove that I could take care of myself in a foreign country. Giving away my age, this was now 20 years ago. I wasn’t entirely on my own, as I rented a room from a family member. I was given 3 months to get on my feet and get a job before having to pay rent and it didn’t take me very long to find my first job working at a retail store selling high end kitchen ware and nannying part-time.
In my free time I acquired my Highschool Equivalent Certificate via Independent Study and after a few failed attempts at Community College, I stuck with working 2 to 3 jobs to support myself.
I spent most of my time working as a bartender and server and also had numerous jobs outside the service industry, non of which paid enough to fully say goodbye to food service.
Where the years of jobbing allowed me to travel and entertain opportunities I otherwise would not have been able to pursue, pushing 40 and trying to gear my job search toward a career, all of a sudden has become the most daunting challenge for me yet.
I’ve been writing my resume for over a week now and have not made it past writing the Objective in fear of having to list my Work History and Education.
I’m a hard worker, well traveled, speak two languages fluently, and have great interpersonal communication skills. On the other hand I lack confidence because I believe that I won’t look good to an employer on paper.
Any pointers on how to enter the business world on a career level would be grateful appreciated.