Frances P. on May 28, 2016
Resume Building and Writing,
I was a director-level marketing professional for 25 years when I was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in 2012. I separated from my job in order to fully focus on recovery after surgeries and chemo. I am now cancer free and feel like I am finally ready to get back into the workforce. Unfortunately, in the last 4 years, marketing has changed significantly due to the insurgence of digital marketing. I have been freelancing with sporadic jobs but the accounts are small and the businesses are small. Now that I am trying to get back into a corporate job, I am unable to get past the first face to face interview. My resume gets my foot in the door and I am able to respond well to the recruiter's questions, but when they start to dig into the details, I am unable to come up with the answers. I need updated training or real world experience in the new digital marketing realm but since I am on disability, am unable to pay for training. Do you have any recommendations on how I may be able to attain the career training in order to get up to speed on current practices? I don't think I can take on a high-stress position like I used to have. I understand that stress may have contributed to my cancer diagnosis and now am aware of how it affects my body. In addition, I definitely look older and I don't feel as sharp as I used to be. I feel like I am at a crossroad and maybe I should be looking in a different direction. Maybe I just need someone to talk to and help me with my career direction. I am open to suggestions. Thank you very much!