My totally honest post: What do I do about my 8 year employmentgap.

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    BrightLIght
    BrightLIght
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    I've wasted so much time due to mainly personal issues which I seem to have resolved finally…Please no judgement but I just need some advice on how to start to build my resume again…
    I am serious about passing the CPA exam…My last full-time job in the tax world was from 2008-2011, it was actually for the government and I took education leave for half of it. and then one tax season in 2015 for HR BLock, as well as a 2.5 month A/P clerk gig for a small manufacturing company, in 2014…I guess I should start building a LinkenIn account…can I volunteer somewhere? Definitely plan on doing another tax season at a tax prep giant…

    I can't go into the reasons why I messed up my career path…Religious reasons – thinking being a stay at home mom is God's Will! Which is probably is! Kids need their mom…

    I am 33 and have two kids under the age of 4. I guess being away for 100 hour work weeks is something that I need to get myself ready for.

    I really don't think I will be able to land a job at an accounting firm or anywhere because I barely have any references …I sort of burned a lot of bridges…for many reasons…

    Can't stand LinkedIn by the way…Something about it just annoys me…Anyone can just select a bunch of skills and say that is what they shine in…I don't know how employers can trust it.

    This sucks and I quit
    #2465301
    BrightLIght
    BrightLIght
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    I have to add that I have been told that it is extremely hard to work in private after working for gov't….and I did find that to be true…not because doors wouldn't open, but because I was changed…I think it “spoiled” me in a way…it is so hard to explain…why did I quit? Because I Felt like I was starting to become a zombie…

    This sucks and I quit
    #2465616

    Jimmy Dugan
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    What is your career goal? Last I read, you were hoping to land something with flexible hours and some remote work possibilities. If that's still the case, start out with a small firm. Call around and speak directly to the partners. Tell them you took some time off to start a family. Most folks will understand that.

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    #2465772
    BrightLIght
    BrightLIght
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    Thanks for the encouragement Jimmy…From reading some recent posts on here I panicked thinking I”m not going to be successful at getting employment. Yes I want to find something flexible at first until the kids are adjusted. Which would be for about three years. Ok back to study. THanks again!

    This sucks and I quit
    #2466363
    Recked
    Recked
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    Starting a family is a very legitimate reason to have a Gap. I would not provide any additional details other than that.
    And now you are looking to transition back into the work force as part time, and then full time once the kiddos are all school age.
    I probably would not bring anything religious into the conversation.
    Two things I never discuss with clients (or family). Religion and politics. Everyone has an opinion on those things and you will never convince they that your opinion is better than theirs.
    Avoid at all costs. Nod and smile and move along.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

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    #2466372
    BrightLIght
    BrightLIght
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    Thanks for the encouragemet and the advice. I wouldn't plan on talking about my religious views at all or my philosophical reasons for not pursuing accounting for a while, but knowing me I am just too honest sometimes and can get caught up with just trying to be sincere and say the wrong thing. lol
    It aint easy to pretend to be normal

    This sucks and I quit
    #2466405

    Jazzy87
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    I totally agree with Recked and Jimmy but just to add on about linked in. I agree it is a bit annoying but recruiters LOVE Linkedin and if anything it puts you in a position were you can possibly do temp work just to get your feet wet again and to see what you like. Plus, if you want a temp/contract for just 6 months or just part time work, a lot of recruiters have access to those positions. I think your government tax experience alone will get you a lot of pings (especially if you live in a metro area) so I would give Linkedin a whirl, and worse case if you don't like it, you can delete it.

    I have gotten A LOT of pings on Linkedin from recruiters and have gotten interviews and acceptances from some great companies. I just wasn't ready to leave my previous job (until a move forced me to) now I have reconnected with my recruiter and have a job. If you go the recruiter route on Linkedin, just be ready to make the jump back to work because it was pretty fast for me!

    Best of luck!

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    #2466801

    Lindsey_p87
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    Agree with Jazzy – LinkedIn is the way to go these days for job hunting. I get several messages a week from recruiters, even though I am not actively looking.

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    #2466849
    BrightLIght
    BrightLIght
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    Ok I'll set up the LinkenIn. Thanks guys. I wonder if I need to get in touch with someone from my old job for a reference? It would be a bit wierd since it has been almost ten years…

    This sucks and I quit
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