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You can't afford to do it forever, but one way to learn new skills and add some accomplishments is volunteer work in the community.

No, it shouldn't take precedence over the job hunt. But charities and community organizations often have influential board members -- and there's nothing wrong with introducing yourself while contributing to society.

Another option is signing up to work for a temp agency. Holmes did exactly that 30 years ago. Not all temps end up vice presidents like she did, but her experience actually isn't all that unique. Each year, Manpower sees 30 percent to 40 percent of its temps hired permanently by clients.

"One of the challenges for mature workers is getting an interview," Holmes says. By working as a temp first, "they know you and they know your work ethic."




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