Re-entering the workforce
I am mid 50's with an AA, and 20+ years experience in tech support and customer service. I have worked for large companies such as Starbucks corporate in Seattle and smaller businesses such as myself. I provide in home computer support - mostly setups, upgrades, virus elimination, etc. But I also provide tutoring to senior citizens on using electronic devices (home computers, printers, tablets, smartphones). I absolutely LOVE what I do and have been doing this for about 5 years, but I'm looking to get back into a corporate and structured setting. I feel as though the senior community is an enormous demographic of people that are being overlooked when it comes to technology and I want to reach as many seniors as possible to show them how they can use technology to their advantage and how it can enhance their daily activities such as general communication with others via social media, video chat, texting, etc. Can anyone recommend a company (companies) that are investing their time and resources in enhancing the lives of seniors through technology? So many companies are so "young" and there are so many seniors that are going back to work either out of necessity or boredom and they don't have the technological skills needed, thus forcing them into positions in which may not be gratifying. I am so passionate about teaching basic to intermediate computer skills to our seniors because the need and the desire is there. Any feedback is welcome. This is my first post. Thank you!
Look at your local Agency on Aging and see if there are any opportunities there. They don't pay much but it's a start.
Have you no interest in starting your own business? If not, find a local 501 to partner with and write a grant to fund a position for yourself. I LOVE what you are doing.
Two communities in our area have each given grants to the local high school for a "Senior Genius Bar" program, which takes place after school on Fridays. Seniors can come for tech support and help with their devices, and the kids get their community service hours. There are also many classes taught at our local community center, which has a specific segment of classes and social activities for seniors. Your idea sounds great, perhaps you could find grant money to start your own program, and house it at a local community center or school with a computer lab to begin with.
I am really struggling to find a new position in the procurement sector. I am open to relocation, from Chicago, but I feel like I am going about my search the wrong way. I have worked with a career coach and had both my resume and LinkedIn profile written by an expert. How do you go about getting responses for job applications and finding a good recruiter? I know about networking, but I still feel like I am missing the boat.
Any advice for someone searching for work during their first trimester of pregnancy? I currently work with a temp agency for income and am applying for my next role. From what I've read on the boards, it seems that most women are firmly established at their companies but I was forced to look for a new role outside of my former company due to a health condition. They were unwilling to move me to a different role within the company. Any suggestions on how to navigate the next 4-6 months before giving birth?
I worked at my employer for 7 months and then had 3 months maternity leave. I know things have changed since I left to have my baby, but I'm wonder if my employer is obligated to have my previous job for me. What happens if they lay me off?
Hello all, A year ago, I moved to a new state with my family. I struggled to find work for the first three months after moving until I found a position as a marketing assistant/listing coordinator at a local real estate company. Unfortunately, the owner of the company decided to sell it and I was laid off after just one month of working there. I struggled again to find work for another five months after that before I found a job at a print shop as a graphic designer (I earned my BFA in graphic design a little over two years ago). In all honesty, I can say that I do not enjoy doing graphic design where I currently work, and I think I would rather it be more of a hobby and less of something that I do full-time professionally. I went to school thinking this would be a good option for me, but I quickly found out after graduating that it's just not what I thought it would be. I worked as an administrative assistant for three years while I went to school, and I've found that I really enjoy having more responsibility like that. I enjoy helping others, working with clients, and providing general support. After college, I worked as an office and account manager for a small start-up company where I assisted clients, handled billing, and provided general administrative support to the CEO, sales team, and software development team for two years before moving. I recently applied for a job as an administrative assistant at another local real estate company, and I have an introductory phone interview tomorrow. From reading the job description, I know I would really love having the job. I really wanted my previous real estate job to be something that would be long- lasting and I'm looking for something similar. I became more interested in real estate and received a limited amount of real-estate specific training too. I'm nervous about my interview for several reasons, and I am seeking advice and answers to some of my interview-related questions: 1. I've had job interviews for office manager/administrative assistant positions recently, and the employers have all expressed concern that I will leave the position very shortly after being hired in order to pursue a career in graphic design. This is frustrating because it seems that nobody will give me a chance because of this. How can I make it clear that I would rather not do graphic design full-time any longer? 2. Should I even tell the interviewer that I'm currently working as a graphic designer where I started my job in October? (when I applied for the administrative assistant job, I left my current position off of my resume) If I do tell the interviewer that I am currently working, what should I tell her if she asks me why I am leaving a position after only working there for four months? 3. My current job as a designer is very boring. I often spend the majority of my day changing names and numbers on pre-designed business cards, not really designing anything. I also cannot give my clients the quality and creativity that I would like to due to time constraints. I really enjoy taking on more administrative duties, such as handling invoices, payments, scheduling, answering questions, preparing documents and reports, and supporting a team. I enjoy multi-tasking and I enjoy the challenges that roles like the one I am interviewing for present. How can I possibly explain these things to my interviewer and really get the point across that I would love to have the position I applied for and would fully intend stay with their company for a very long time? If anyone can give me advice on how to answer some of these questions, I would greatly appreciate it! In addition to the fact that I will enjoy the variety job duties more, the job I am interviewing for will also pay more and will offer more benefits than what I currently make. I really want to stand out and make an impression, and also ease any concerns regarding my past experiences that my interviewer might have. Thank you so much for reading!
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