A former real estate agent struggles with bills and the job market


I was raised in North Dakota on a small horse farm where I learned the value of hard work and a job well done. I went to college at the University of North Dakota and received a degree in Business Administration.
I am the proud mother of two amazing children. My daughter Chelsea is a sophomore in college and my son Logan is a senior in high school and will start college in the fall. They are my greatest assets.
A large part of my career was selling print yellow page advertising. I was a top producing representative and a member of the Presidents Circle. After that, I owned and managed a small office building and insurance agency with my ex-husband. We were able to take our agency from 37th in the nation to 7th within the first few years. 
Following my divorce, I became a successful real estate agent, selling new homes for a large builder here in Arizona and was able to provide for my children and start college funds for them. 
As the real estate market crashed, I was laid off in 2008 and have been struggling to find a new career path ever since.  I have tried to return to both yellow page advertising and real estate with little success. I have been surviving on my retirement savings and have no health insurance.
The greatest challenge is finding a job. As an older worker, I have struggled to get interviews and often find that I am overqualified and have a pay scale history that makes me unattractive.
My ultimate goal is to find a job with a company that utilizes my skills and provides an opportunity to support myself and my children.