No time left to lose
May 16, 2012 8:34 PM Subscribe
Did nothing for 3 years. Now I need a job again. Am I doomed?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Three years ago, I had a nice job in the computer industry, programming for $$$. I was good but not great and had that job for 2 years. On a whim I quit my job and have spent the last three years failing at things and staring into the abyss. I have nothing to show for it, literally nothing. On my résumé it will look like a vast blank area. No projects, no portfolio, no nothing.
This was not the plan, but this is how it turned out. I'm 42. Now I need $$, so I need to reenter the workforce. I don't think I have the time to start a new career from scratch. I have a degree, I have work experience, but these lost years feel like an unshakeable stigma and my confidence is very low. Who would hire me?
(If you would guess severe depression is in play, you'd be right, but medical care was not involved so I have no paper trail. Should I mention it at all?)
How screwed am I? Is this gap fatal to my career? How should I put it on the résumé?
What expression can I expect on the faces of potential employers? Is there hope?