Jumping Back Into the Job Pool

How should a single mom who was out of the market for four years and now has an MBA sell her skills?

Q: I am a 39-year-old single mother of a three-year-old, and I haven't had many jobs in my lifetime. I used to be married, and work was not an issue. Now, however, things are different.

I was an end-user specialist at my last job (almost four years ago) -- meaning I helped clients learn the software packages my employer had written for them. Our programmers wrote the software, I learned how to use it, and I then instructed our clients.

In order to become more marketable, I returned to school, and I will graduate in May with my MBA. How do you think potential employers will view my lack of work history? Do you have any suggestions?

-- C.C., Jones, Okla.


First of all, bravo on going back to school, especially as a single parent. The move shows you've got initiative, something employers always like to see. "She's not afraid to do something new," says Randy Williams, director of MBA Career Services at the University of California Irvine Graduate School of Management. "Maybe that's something she'll want to talk about in [a job] interview."

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