Q. I am looking to reenter the job market after being a stay-at-home mom for five years. My problem is that I don’t know which jobs I should target. I worked construction before I left the job market. I am 47 years old and haven’t been on an interview for over 15 years. I need resources to help me interview, write my resume, and find the right job.
A. Welcome to the job market of today, which has changed immensely since your last visit. Technology has had a serious impact on how to go about a job search, and some basics can help you get started.
Assessing your skills is the best way to determine what to target. The best assessments start with strengths.
Since you were in construction, I encourage you to review the opportunities available in that industry. Large-scale construction firms, architectural and design companies, and facility management at large institutions might find your work experience interesting enough to give you an interview.
If you have volunteer experiences, look at related industries that might be interested in what you have to offer.
Consider the resources available to you through the state. For general information, you can call the Division of Career Services, at 617-626-5300, or go to www.MassRESOURCES.org .
Also, there are 34 Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers offering a wide range of services for job seekers. The centers have job listings, career counseling services, workshops, and other employment-related services. You can access resume writing software, attend an interview preparation workshop, and get guidance about job opportunities.
This is also a great place to find out more about training programs. You might consider an apprenticeship, which combines on-the-job learning while being compensated.
The process takes time, commitment, and energy. Using the many resources available dramatically increases your chances of success.
Elaine Varelas is managing partner at Keystone Partners, a career management firm in Boston, and serves on the board of Career Partners International.