Landing a Job after Self-Employment

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When you’ve been self-employed for a while, it’s difficult to wrap your mind around getting back into the structured environment of a “real” job. Not only that, but I’ve found that I’m also a hard sell to employers. Folks that have never been self-employed don’t usually seem to  understand how difficult it is to stay focused and have enough self discipline to make a sole proprietorship work. So Landing a Job after Self-employment may prove to be problematic.

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Recently, I decided to get back into the job market, because my self employment just wasn’t bringing in enough money. I’ve applied to several ads and received a few invitations to interview. However, no one wants to take my word for the experience I’ve gained from being self employed. So who do I give as a reference?

I haven’t yet given up my business, and if I use my clients as references, they will know I may not be available to them in the very near future. Do you think they will continue doing business with me, knowing that I may not be there for them the next time they call? I DON’T THINK SO! Guess what . . . I’m between the proverbial rock and the hard place. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve had a real employer, and my prospective employer wants to talk to SOMEBODY about my recent work experience.

Taking a huge chance, I called my client (it’s been pretty slim pickin’s here lately) and asked if he would mind giving me a reference. He was very pleasant and said that he was sorry to hear that I might not be available in the future. And, of course, he would give me a good reference. So I gave the prospective employer the clients name and phone number. Unfortunately, the employer has decided getting info about me is just too troublesome and offered the position to someone else.

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To top all this off, my client sent me an e-mail a couple weeks later saying that he has decided to take my work in house, and he has hired a full-time person for that position! What a fantastic mess! Now, I not only don’t have a job, but I also don’t have any income from my business. What in the world am I gonna do now?

I guess I should have given the prospective employer my client’s info right from the beginning. What do you think?

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