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I'm never going to be able to get a job

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MeFour Fri 05-Oct-12 13:01:48

I'm supposed to be writing my cv
Dh is nagging me (nicely)
I want to because I want to get some work (part time retail or something)
I haven't worked for over ten years
I haven't worked since I was in my very early twenties and only have few bitty years of experience
I don't have any qualifications (stopped at reasonable GCSEs)
And everything I do write makes me sound like a knob
I'm rubbish at this kind of thing and have ended up in tears of frustration again
If I can't even do this how on earth am I going to be able to get a job.

(woe is me, or dim is me really)

elportodelgato Fri 05-Oct-12 13:10:11

think: what have you been doing in the 10 years you haven't been working? have you done any volunteering eg: at your kid's school? any training? have you been caring for someone (child, parent)?
You will definitely have gained some skills in that time (multi-tasking? budgeting for the household? childcare experience?) which you could put on your CV

Also, could you think about doing some training or volunteering now so you have something current to put on your CV? even if it's just brushing up some basic computer skills and doing something with the PTA it will make you look like you have been busy and are capable.

Hopefully someone else will be along with better advice, but I'm sure you're not alone in this dilemma. GOOD LUCK

MeFour Fri 05-Oct-12 13:13:59

You did help smile
It reminded me of a couple of things and also it was nice to have an ear
So thank you

Mosman Fri 05-Oct-12 13:18:45

You need a confidence boost, how about volunteering for six months, just getting a reference Tom somebody who will vouch for you dragging your arse out of bed every morning is incredibly helpful. Good luck

sleepyhead Fri 05-Oct-12 13:30:10

WRVS or similar would be good experience and boost your confidence smile

Inge2012 Fri 05-Oct-12 14:08:24

Of course you have worked! Just not in a paid job. But you know what responsibility is, you know what deadlines are, you now how to motivate and convince people, you are flexible and can multitask. Would you hire yourself in retail? Yes, then why... and write that in your CV. No? Then why not. What would you need that would make you hire yourself? E.g. a reference (go volunteering in a charity shop, lots of retail experience), computerskills (go do a 3-4 week course), etc. What have you got that your 22 year old self didn't have? How would this be of benefit to your future employer? Write that in your CV too. No need to make things up, but 'I haven't got any experience' certainly can't be the truth either. Go, go, go!

MeFour Sun 07-Oct-12 10:22:56

Wanted to say thank you.
The kick up the arse was good. I mange to get my head around it and according to the two people I showed seemed to have managed a corker of a cv considering my lack of content. I feel so good smile

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 07-Oct-12 10:25:44

Ah well done!. smile

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