You can also apply for management training programs at other retailers in your area. Most retailers recognize the value of hiring mature workers: You're patient with customers, you're not likely to leave after a short period of time, and you're reliable and punctual. Obviously, this doesn't apply to everyone, but it's a general view of your generation in that line of work, which I hope gives you some confidence about your prospects.
Finally, meet with the University of Phoenix job placement specialists. They have a very aggressive program to convince people to enroll in their programs with promises of better career opportunities upon graduation. You must hold them to that promise so it's more than a marketing gimmick. Ask them what support they can provide -- from resume development and interview skills to developing leads and landing an offer.
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