Send Your Economic Questions to Tory

State what you're looking to get out of this, which is current, hands-on experience to use on your resume to leverage into a full-time opportunity in this field. Explain that this should be thought of as an internship for professionals.

Just like an internship, there's absolutely no promise of a paid job at the end of it, but it's certainly understood by both parties that you're looking to network, build your contacts and then have the experience to help you land a paid position. The goal is to position this as a win-win for them and for you.

Given that so many employers have cut back resources, this could be a welcome offer for them. You'll have better luck with small and medium sized employers than giants because of their built-in bureaucracy.

Should I think about accepting a job with a very low salary and hope things get better soon?

If you're in need of the income, which is true for most people, then yes, you should accept the position. There's a danger of running out of money if you hold out too long for the perfect job instead of looking for the silver lining in the job you're being offered. That silver lining might be the ability to make new connections and leverage the experience toward something bigger and better as things turn around.

I had to quit my job after my baby was born. Now, I feel that I have to get some money from a flexible job (work at home). It is VERY hard to find something honest, scam-free. Any suggestion?

This is the most common question I'm asked because many people must stay home and must also work. The majority of home-based ads are scams, so you're right to scrutinize everything you see. There are not easy jobs from home; all will require substantial effort for reasonable compensation.

I've created this section of resources on my Web site: http://www.womenforhire.com/work_from_home Take some time to review the options because each require different skills, experience and even home office equipment.

Once our military return home from Afghanistan and Iraq, where are they going to find jobs to support their families?

There are now several nonprofits and government resources to help ex-military to return to work. Look at local resources in your area since in-person assistance is usually most valuable. The returning base can also offer local resources.

When creating a resume and thinking about what direction to pursue, focus on transferable and relatable skills. I've seen many resumes filled with exemplary military experience, but it's not clear how the experience translates into the civilian workplace.

Look at employers such as the federal government, which is hiring, as well as aerospace and defense, which are also hiring now. There are also employers such as Home Depot, among others, with programs designed specifically for men and women returning from military service.

Tory Johnson is the CEO of Women for Hire and the workplace contributor on ABC's "Good Morning America." Visit her Web site at www.womenforhire.com and follow her at Twitter.com/ToryJohnson.

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