Tommie Maxwell
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Following a dream or money......

I have been drudging through the trenches of factory life for the past 10 years. I saw earlier in life that I enjoyed office work. I love teaching and helping people. I have recently come to the conclusion that I need to be in an office, or tutoring, or something. The question I have is with a record and not being there for so long (yes, I have done secretarial and customer service work), how can I get into this? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Tommie Maxwell ! I would say the first thing you need to do is update your resume. If you want to begin working in a specific field then make sure to highlight those qualifications.

The important thing to remember is you don't ever lose the skills, experience, or the education you have gained! You just take those things and transfer them into your next desired role. You may seem like you're not the perfect fit for the role at first, but don't panic!

Here are some things you can do:

Check the job description If you’re not sure which skills you should include for a particular role check the job description and see what they are looking for! Add any of the skills you have gained along the way that matches the job description to your resume ASAP. Below are a few examples of skills that you can transfer, but feel free to check out more [here] (https://www.utoledo.edu/success/career/pdfs/transferable_skills_checklist.pdf). -Leadership -Motivation -Time management -Delegation -Communication -Research

Show proof Make sure once you add a skill to your resume that you show how you performed it at your previous job in the experience section. Take a look at the example below: -You have: "Leadership skills." -You prove it: "Excellent leadership skills, demonstrated when I successfully managed a small team of individuals over the course of a three-day event." Don't just tell them what you did but how.

Make a list of your job duties Create a list of your current (if applicable) and recent past job duties that pertain to the new role. Think about what you were responsible for on a daily basis. Which tasks and duties did you perform and also which ones did you fulfill that were outside what you were hired for? Give yourself some time and write it ALL down.

Record your accomplishments Make sure to highlight the results you achieved in your past positions. Particularly when you're changing industries, prospective employers will care more about what you actually accomplished, and less about how you specifically did it. Did your boss recognize you at some point? Did you save a colleague time by helping he or she complete a project? Did you boost sales at your last job? Think of achievements that are both large and small. They ALL matter to your next employer! Bonus points if you have numbers to back it up.

Wishing you the best!

Let me know how else I can help.

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Olivia Mitchell
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Iam not fully understanding you when yo mention the question i have is with a record. And if you enjoy office work and working with others starting finding places that you can assist other and trust me factory work can get crazy at times but in the mean time start looking around and apply for tutoring maybe you can help children at the boys and girls club these children needs assisting to with their homework and etc. And maybe while you are there you may can look into office work as well because many places like that do need help. GOOD LUCK IN FINDING IN WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

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Patricia Jasper
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I don't really know how but you could start with a temp agency I think.

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Christopher Thompson
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I'd start with getting some sort of formal education, certification, etc., to make your self more marketable to be employed in an admin position. Your experience as a factory worker, training and certification in administrative takings, and your determination may help you land the position you desire.

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Susan Kissinger
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What’s your record. Felony or misdemeanor and for what specifically. How old is the conviction and what state do you live in? The reason I am asking is because late in 2018 in many states the rules around background checks for jobs have changed greatly and are more favorable for people with criminal convictions based the conviction itself and how old the conviction was and whether it was a felony or misdemeanor. In a lot of states since this new law background checks will not show felonies that are older than 7 years and misdemeanor based on what it was won’t show up at all .

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Mickey Preston
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Office temp companies or job fairs

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