My Stores Have Closed, Now What?

A woman seeks advice about which certificates she should get in order to land a good job.

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Stores Are Closed – What’s Next?

Dear Michele,

I have had my own business in retail, women’s apparel, for the last 20 years, and had to close all the stores this year. I don’t have a resume and am in the job market; could you please help me decide which certifications are best suited for me? I have done project management (started stores from scratch -did hiring, firing, buying, inventory.) I have a one-year diploma in accounting and have a real estate license. I am very comfortable working on the computer, but I have no formal IT training.

— Rag Trade Sally

Dear Sally,

Take a minute and think: Given all my experience opening and owning small businesses, who could use my help? Who needs what I already know? Off the top of my head, I’d say, other people who are opening stores or who are trying to make stores grow. Agree? Then, I know a couple of great places you could start networking to find yourself jobs consulting to people who’d be thrilled to meet you!

First, there’s the National Association of Women Business Owners, a great organization that not only promotes female entrepreneurship, but runs regional programs to foster such businesses. Another great resource is Small Business Development Centers, located on college campuses and elsewhere across the country. Check for the listing of a center near you.

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