I hear you. I left my last "real" job in 2002. I've done a lot since then, but for the most part have been self employed for the last 10 years. I'll apply for seasonal jobs to supplement income during the holidays. I sometimes feel that if I had no job history at all, I would have a better shot. What I try to do during the interview process is focus on what I have done recently that may be relevant to the role (volunteer work, personal projects, consulting work, school, etc.).