DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been an entrepreneur for about 10 years, and it has felt like a roller coaster. Some years, I have done well; other years, it has been hard to earn a good dollar. The past two years have been really tough. I am getting up in age, and I think I need to find a job, but I don’t have many skills. What do you think I should do? I need to work and save money for my retirement. Right now, I have pennies. -- Need a Job
DEAR NEED A JOB: Assess your skills so that you can figure out how marketable you are. Create or update your resume. Make it obvious to potential employers what you are looking for and what your qualifications are. Create an online presence that showcases you and your work history. A good place to start is the networking tool LinkedIn.
Consider going to your local unemployment office to find out about job opportunities in your area. For more information, go to: usa.gov/unemployment. Use online search engines to look for work. Some popular ones include Glassdoor.com, Monster.com, LinkedIn, Indeed.com and Careerbuilder.com.
(Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams. You can send questions to email@example.com or c/o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)