What am I supposed to do now?

Being unemployed for 2 1/2 months after working 11 years as a hotel manager and now searching for work has left me emotionally drained and riddled with self doubt. At first I had a hard time believing that virtually EVERYONE needs you to p*e in a cup - I don't really care, it's their dime. After receiving a few job offers that weren't worth the time , I decided to go register at a temp service after seeing an ad in the paper for a well paying factory job. Took the online test - passed - shceduled the interview. Went to the "interview" and sat there with about 8 other people to take timed tests which entailed putting dots in triangles and check marks in boxes, which concluded with "if you qualified, we'll be in touch in 2-3 weeks - if you need work before then, call one of our offices". I'm sure we all had the same look on our faces judging by the look on the instructor's face. So I call these offices and got "sorry, we don't have anything right now". I can't seem to get an office job, even though I have 11 years in management because I'm not proficient in Microsoft Office (we didn't use that software in the hotel industry) and I can't even get a response from places like Wal-Mart (my 18 yr.old son got hired) or Lowes (2 clerks who worked for me at the hotel did) . WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?? Should I dummy-down my resume for retail jobs? I am 38 yrs.old and have a solid work history and great references. I was saving temp agencies for a last resort and have now hit a dead end with them too. I live in a mid-size town and am about 30 miles from any big city - I'm willing to work for entry level pay but who can afford to drive that far for minimum wage ($6.85/hr in Ohio) I can't believe that alot of these places make you fill out stupid questionaires and take "quizzes" instead of conducting a real interview. Have I become that out of touch in 11 years? What should I do? I'll be OK for another month or two, but I'm getting concerned about losing my entire savings and maybe ultimately my house. Sorry, I know this is more of a rant than a question, but I'm really needing some advice, suggestions, or a fresh perspective to keep myself from totally falling apart here.

Asked By: CamilleYun - 8/11/2008
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Look for help from a staffing company not a temp agency. I worked with Kforce about a year ago. They helped me revise my resume, and helped prepare me for interviews. They can help you speak to your strengths in ways you never realized you could. I got a job offer within 2 weeks although the recruiter I worked with... More
Answered By: Almost Brazilian - 8/11/2008
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How do you feel about working with seniors, managing a retirement community? Holiday Retirement Corp has over 300 facilities across the U.S. Check them out!
Answered By: no1id - 8/11/2008
post your resume on as many job sites as you can find. try and yahoo jobs and google for other places. and there are tutorials you can get to learn the basics of microsoft office. google that too!
Answered By: boo - 8/11/2008
I know that your preference is to work in where you have experience and your mindset is used to do so. so mindset is huge to overcome of any hard situation. setting up the correct mindset to your present is main... More
Answered By: whispergt - 8/11/2008
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