The problems I am encountering are 1) being out of the workforce, 2) having done contract work and not a "real job" (though working 40+ hours at the contracts doesn't seem to qualify as "real work" to employers) and 3) their concern that my skills are not up to date. Even the local children's hospital won't consider me b/c I've been home with my child (note the irony there). I do accounting/finance work. I've taken a few classes towards my graduate degree so even though I have not worked, I feel my skills are up to date.
I have contacted two local temp agencies and neither will call me back. Even the one I worked with for five years won't call me back. We parted ways on good terms. My one year contract ended and I decided to stay home. I've tried to follow up with both numerous times.
I constantly get rejections from online applications. I really don't know many people around here to network with. I have an updated resume that I have had a number of people look at for proofreading and advice. I am just at a loss on how to even get a foot in the door. I'm certainly willing to start at a slightly lower level than I left at to prove myself but I cannot even get to that stage. Anyone have advice? My classes have been online so I haven't had much in-person interaction with other students/professors.