Returning to the work force – Guidance Please

I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past 10 years and it’s time for me to return to the work force again. I have some obstacles I need some guidance with though so I’d appreciate all the help I can get.

Prior to being a SAHM, I worked as an administrative assistant for which I had attended two years of college. I have 10 years experience but having been out of it for so long, I have no references left since many of them have either retired or moved on to where I can’t find them. I have done my best to stay current on as much computer software and I can but might still need refreshers for some minor things.

So where do I even start? Is there an agency or something in Edmonton that works with people like me? Do I just start sending out resumes and hope for the best? I can’t afford to pay for upgrading classes or courses right now either.

Any help or direction is greatly appreciated!



7 Responses

  1. Try They have lots of tutorials for word and excel etc to brush up on your skills and you can get a 30 day free trial.

    Alberta works also offers free workshops for resume writing and interview skills. They are offered through BGS enterprises and you can sign up on their website.

    As for experience have you done any volunteering at your kids school? Or with their sports teams or clubs?

    I would also contact some of the temp agencies. They may be able to help as well. Good luck!

  2. Marion Clark Marion Clark says:

    How about working for a temp agency for a bit to get back into it.

  3. Karo Li Na Karo Li Na says:

    Just go for it, I’m currently on the same boat. Start from something entry lever to get your foot in the door and get back into the grove. After while you could always upgrade your education take courses to be more up to date. Good luck !

  4. There are some courses in linkin that could be beneficial to you.

  5. Temp agency for sure, it’ll get your face out there and many times if a company really likes you they will hire you after your job with them

  6. I’ve been an admin for 22 years and I love it. Temp agencies are great as you’ll get experience in a variety of areas and it helps get you back into routine too. Or, as mentioned above, just get in there and do it. Have confidence in yourself and if they ask for references be honest. You can always give them personal references.


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