Do You Think ‘Blogger’ Qualifies as Previous Employment?

Color me crazy, but I’m looking for a j-o-b! An actually bring in da money, bring in da funk j-o-b.

There’s only one slight problem. This is what my résumé will look like.

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I haven’t worked in the traditional sense of going to an office and earning a paycheck since I don’t know when, long long ago, but I keep thinking that I’m still somehow employable, despite the obvious lack of W2 forms.

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Writing implements last time I held down a job! 

I DO have an abundance of marketable skills, probably way more than your average 67 year old. There’s nothing average about me, but try telling that to a potential employer, if I even get to an interview.

What’s my cover letter going to say?011

I’ve been trying to think what kind of job I’d be best suited for. I can do just about anything – from organizing to writing to speaking to planning to overseeing to delegating. I’m extraordinarily computer savvy too. I play well in the sandbox so I’d have no trouble working in a group.

So how about this job?

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I tripped across it last week and thought I COULD do this job. The question is, would Stop & Shop even consider me?

I figure if I’m going to work, I want to bring home a fat paycheck. I’m not looking to be a sales clerk in a Bedford boutique and earn nothing. It’s go big or don’t go at all.

I’m working on my résumé and cover letter today, trying to keep a straight face. I imagine this is an exercise in futility, although I will say, if someone did hire me, they’d get an amazing employee. Really. It’s just getting in the front door that’s going to be the huge hurdle.

 

 

 

27 thoughts on “Do You Think ‘Blogger’ Qualifies as Previous Employment?

    1. A reasonable question.

      I’ve felt for a long time my skills were not being put to use. It’s been a thorn in my side for a long time, that I am smart and capable yet never put my skills to the test in the real world. It’s also about the money. It’s never a bad thing to keep earning the almighty dollar. The kids are long gone from the house. Blogging is fun but it doesn’t pay the property taxes. I don’t know, I think it’s my time.

  1. My dad wants to get back in the workforce after a forced early retirement after the investment company he worked for went under. He’s your age and all the applications he’s put in have not even been met with a thank you but no thank you response. I hate to burst your bubble but I doubt any corporation is going to hire you, based on your age alone. They’ll want to know you can put quite a few years into the position. I’m not saying you aren’t qualified. My dad is too, way better than the average nitwit millenial applying. Ageism exists.

    1. No. The people who have made money have parlayed the blog into a marketing bonanza, with books and tv shows. Think Pioneer Woman. She started out with a simple food and photography blog. She’s an empire now. So, no.

      1. If you believe it, you will see it! I don’t see why you couldn’t turn your blog profitable. You don’t have to lead it into a tv show. There must be many books at the library about blogging for dollars. Pick up on e on manifestation while you’re there😉

        I cannot imagine having to go back to work and it’s only been 13 or so years–but I was mainly my own boss. Could you sell real estate? Or turn pro photog? Lots of ideas in the library about that, too. Xoxo

        1. I want $$$$, not $$. Blogging would only make me a fortune if I had an unusual blog, or a different enough one that would stand out. I don’t.
          As for working: a real estate job for me is buying houses. That’s why I need to have a real job! Plus, I want to prove to myself I am hireable. Last year I applied to and got in law school. Not Harvard, but a decent enough one that I was pleased. I always wanted to be a bad ass prosecutor but when push came to shove, shelling out so much dough to go to law school seemed setting me backwards. So a job, a real at-an-office job is what I want.

  2. You do realize that your potential employer will read this excerpt on your blog when he/she googles you?
    This whole internet thing has made Santa’s job of separating naughty and nice a lot easier.

    1. Last I read, there’s a mega lawsuit going on re the negatives. No surprise since they are worth millions. She was an odd duck, especially that she was a nanny. Not exactly warm and nurturing but certainly a phenomenal eye for photos.

  3. Why not do some serious volunteer work? It’s not all sorting books for the annual tent sale at the library or whatever. Museums, land conservancies, hospitals, etc. I have a relative who’s gone through extensive training to volunteer with the Coast Guard, for example. I get that it’s nice to make money, but if you’ve made it to 67 splitting time between Bedford and Rhode Island, I can’t imagine you need it. I think you’d have an easier time finding fulfilling, challenging work if, well, you do it for free.

    If you are committed to being paid, you need to identify a particular skill or interest you have and determine what industry or job it would best fit — not just apply to jobs because you think your general skill set might fit it. You’ll have fewer jobs to apply to, but a greater chance of success and a better ability to make a case for why YOU instead of someone 40 years younger or with a superior work and educational background.

    1. I have spent all my adult years volunteering. And I mean serious heavyweight volunteering. I’ve sat on town boards and corporate boards. I’ve created websites for not-for-profits. I’ve orchestrated a county wide food drive. I was the president of a food pantry. Ran a half-million dollar charity auction. Church. Schools. Town. County. I’ve given a jillion hours and I loved each and every task. My skillset is wide ranging.

      You are 10000% correct in advising me to identify a particular skill first. Because my skills are far-ranging (not to brag) it’s hard to refine them down to one type of company where I could work well.

  4. I can see it: the minute you land that big-ass position, no more blog, no more great pictures, no more quizzes, no more blueberry pie, no more anything – where does that leave us?

    1. Given that I haven’t worked for a living for 24 years, many of my thoughts are of negligible value.

      But of this much I am 1000% confident: Anything of a “big bucks” nature will have to be entrepreneurial or sales oriented. In other words, you cannot be overhead (even quality overhead). You have to be an investor and/or a producer from the get-go. And the payoff will likely take a while.

      Forget job listings. You need to generate your own fishing expeditions. The growth of your blog is likely your best self promotion tool … and that’s not because it’s a blog per se … it’s because

      ***you made something out of nothing***.

      Making Something Out of Nothing is what gets attention. As it should! It will need to be explained in different ways in different contexts, but it’s the heart of the opportunity.

      1. I always appreciate your common sense approach to life.
        I suspect in the end what I’ll do is hang my own shingle, create a consulting company and get myself hired out on a sub-contractor basis. Per diem or by the job. That’ll give me income as I want and the flexibility to still commute to RI etc.
        Of course, the million dollar question is what shingle to hang.
        My personal opinion is that my blogging skills are not unique enough to take it another level, even though I understand the “made something out of nothing”.
        I suspect there will be plenty of opportunity for the family to chime in on this subject over Christmas.

      2. Sorry I am late to the discussion, but my thoughts are very much along the lines of Little Rock. Forget about job boards and emailing resumes, that will be a waste of your time. You need to focus on situations where you eat what you kill. Start networking!

        I bought a business 10 years ago at age 54 when I realized I’d aged out in corporate America. It has worked out very well for me. So my two cents is if you can’t find a consulting gig that works, consider starting a business or buying a business. However, this will severely impact your freedom as you will have to be involved on a pretty regular basis. And don’t fall for the ‘absentee owner, business has a good manager and runs itself.’ I call BS on that; no one is going to care as much about your money/business/investment as you!

        1. Excellent advice. I appreciate your comments. My dad started his own company in his late 60s after leaving the more traditional corporate life. I’m not sure I have the staying power to both work and own. As you said, it takes a 100000% commitment.
          It’s a tough decision. I know enough people that networking is easy. I even know a lot of CEOs who would get me in the front door of a company for an interview but I’m too chicken to ask them for help.

        2. Ah, you don’t ask them for help (or a job) you ask them for ADVICE. That doesn’t put them on the spot or put them in the position of disappointing you and jeopardizing your relationship. You tell them what you are trying to do and ask their advice, and if they can think of anyone you should speak with. I suspect that would open some doors. And remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. A salesman deals with the inevitable rejection by understanding people are not rejecting him, they are rejecting his product (even in our case where the product is maybe us).

          I was in a marketing seminar once where an ex-IBM salesman described making a list of 100 prospects, calling all of them, maybe 15 had any interest whatsoever in his product, and of these, 2-3 actually bought. Then he made another list.

          So if you are serious about this, make a list and start calling. And good luck!

        3. Lots to learn. I took a chance for a job at IBM and sent in my rèsumé and got a response already to schedule an interview. The job is pretty much that, a job, 9-5er, likely darn right boring, but it’s a good thing that first application gets a call. Onward. As you said, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
          My personality is such that I probably won’t ask my friends for advice. I want to prove to myself I can do this on my own. Stubborn Aires.

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