How can I get an office job after 17 years at home?

I've done a few odd and end jobs but basically have been home (SAHM) for 17 years. I have applied for office jobs but now they are all looking for Excel or Word or some other kind of expertise but not the same for all jobs. I feel like I was just thawed from a deep freeze! Any suggestions on how I can become more computer savy to an employer regardless of what programs they work with?

Asked By: capecodscrapper - 11/5/2007
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You can go to local Staffing Agencies, and they will find the ones that fit your profile. Honestly excel and word are so easy you can learn them online at or click the links below for tutorials. they do take some time but its well worth it if your looking for a job that requires it.
Answered By: holly m - 11/5/2007
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look up the web and try your best to get into it. all u need is ambittion
Answered By: Raquel M - 11/5/2007
Check out your local community college for classes. You WILL need to know these programs, and most companies will not take the time to teach you how to use them.
Answered By: Stacy - 11/5/2007
Since your skills are rusty, I would try a temp agency for now, so they can place you somewhere. Then, I would look at local community colleges or learning centers to find classes/certifications to update your skills.
Answered By: berkshire1043 - 11/5/2007
most of the time local colleges offer refresher courses for people who need to be brought up to speed with the latest computer programs. you can speak with someone at the college and they'll point you in the right direction as to which classes you would benefit from most.
Answered By: **STARR** - 11/5/2007
Getting back into the work environment after a 17 year absence is tough but not impossible. You will need to determine what skills are in demand and take training in them. As an office worker, that usually means lots of computer skills such as Microsoft Office and so on. Take some computer training courses at a local... More
Answered By: almcneilcan - 11/5/2007
When I changed career tracks after the computer revolution, I took free courses in Word and Excel at the nearby employment office. Our town also received a technology grant to teach citizens Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. I reviewed the first two, and added the second two to my arsenal and resume. There was no... More
Answered By: reap100 - 11/5/2007
For office work today, you will need to learn Word and probably Excel. You can find classes in those - check with your school district to see if they have any adult ed programs, or your local community college. Once you know Word, if the company you apply to uses some other word processor you'd be able to pick it up... More
Answered By: Judy - 11/5/2007
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