Can you reach out to them and explain what you’re trying to do, and see if any of them can connect you to openings? (It also might not go anywhere, so don’t be devastated if this doesn’t lead you anywhere — but it’s well worth trying, because it’ll only take one.) * Temping.This isn’t the fail-safe method it used to be (it doesn’t reliably result in work the way it used to), but if they give you work, it’ll be a great way to get office experience on your resume, which will help tremendously. This too can be a good way to get office experience on your resume.CFL is like a tidal wave of American men in love with Chinese women, with only a rare American woman/Chinese husband surfacing to break the monotony. Several years ago, when my husband enrolled in a New Oriental class in Shanghai for GRE prep, the instructor warned all of the Chinese men: “If you’re going to study abroad, prepare for four lonely years.” The underlying message was, don’t expect to fall in love — but be pleasantly surprised if it happens.There are hardly enough books depicting foreign women with Chinese boyfriends or husbands. When you have a Chinese husband or boyfriend, sometimes you feel as if you belong to a lonely club. One of my dearest e-mail friends, a woman from Germany, once found me on the net because she had a — then — Chinese boyfriend and yearned to find someone to share her experience with.Unfortunately, that probably means the lower-paid jobs — but if you’re willing to do that for a year or so, you might then have an easier time getting the next (hopefully better paid) job.
I can’t afford and don’t have the free time for more education, training, internships, etc.Due to various personal and family issues, I never finished high school.I eventually earned my GED and an associate’s degree in early childhood education (with a 4.0 GPA and honors society membership, though at a technical college).I was promoted to the position three months ago, after six months in a part-time position.I enjoy my job, but it is physically exhausting and the schedule is unpredictable and often requires me to work weekends/early mornings/late evenings.Again, the idea isn’t that you’ll need to do this forever, but that it might make it easier to get the first job, which will then unlock the gates to more. When I’m in China, I tend to turn a lot of heads, especially in the countryside — and that’s not just because I’m a foreigner.Speaking of your resume: It’s going to be really important to find ways to use it to highlight skills from your past work that will be relevant to admin and receptionist work.A resume that just lists off retail or nannying duties won’t position you as well as one that draws out the pieces that are transferable to the jobs you want now — things like handing sensitive information with diplomacy, dealing with challenging personalities, calming upset customers, problem solving, flexibility, working around multiple schedules, and so forth.I would like to eventually move into a more professional setting with a more traditional schedule.My question is, how do you break into a professional setting when you have no experience for it?