Q: I am a 56-year-old single woman. I lost my part-time $10/hr job which offered no health care. I'm losing my condo which I owned more than eight years, in two to three months, losing more than $65,000. I have three college degrees and more than 25 years of professional work experience. Since moving to Sacramento in 2012 I have been laid off three times and had to resign from a job in 2008 due to illness. I obtained a degree in paralegal studies in 2010. I researched the career opportunities in this field prior to enrolling in a local college program. I received a full scholarship and completed my degree in October 2010. Seven months later I obtained an internship which paid no salary. I was grateful to receive a $10.50 an hour job. I'd like some advice as I job search for the fourth time in 12 years. I am considering relocation back to Portland OR as its job market and economy are better. Your thoughts?? Daisy- Sacramento, CA
A: There are three things I would suggest you check into. The first is Sacramento Professional Network. The group supports professionals seeking employment through education, career development and networking. For more information, schedule of events and weekly meetings, visit their website.
The second is CareerGPS.com, a one-of-a-kind website providing detailed information about which jobs are in high demand in the Sacramento region and how much they pay.
The third is visit a One Stop Career Center and meet with a career coach and have them review your résumé. You may need to change up your format and have different résumés depending on your career focus. You may want to take a résumé and interview workshop. All services are free at the Career Center. For more information visit Sacramentoworks.org.
If you are considering relocating to Portland, Oregon, I would definitely seek employment and apply for jobs before moving. For more information on Portland's job market, visit the state's employment department website, Worksource, which provides employment resources, job openings, information on state jobs and much more.