Post # 1
This is kind of long, and I apologize. I have been job hunting for what feels like ages, and have ended up nowhere. I’ve tweaked my resume, had it looked over by resume experts, made sure I was completely professional both in appearance and manner, and even have tried follow-ups for applied jobs. I’ve been on the hunt for months now with no luck, searching the same old customer service related jobs, and getting diddly squat for my efforts. Boo.
So I’ve decided to start researching ‘alternative’ careers and see what else is out there besides the usual secretary/grocery stocker/cashier/front office drone jobs that apparently are always hiring but not actually hiring. I’m over it. Time to look into other career options (and no, I don’t want to have to go to college for it).
Any Bees out there have an alternative or unique job? Anything from personal shopper to hand/foot/body part model, to food taster. How did you get started in that job? Is the pay worth it? Any advice for someone trying to get hired in that type of job field?
Post # 3
This may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but in college I did a lot of online work – I answered questions for ChaCha, and I did website testing through usertesting.com. While it would be difficult to support yourself on either of those (I think ChaCha pays 50 cents per question correctly answered, and User Testing pays $10 per test), I definitely made a good amount of spending money.
Post # 4
I have friends who are personal shoppers at Nordstrom. They had to climb up the ladder just like in a traditional job. They started in sales, in a specific dept, and got moved up into personal shopping.
Post # 5
I’ve always had a regular job (went from journalism/news to nonprofit marketing) but up until recently, I’ve always had a “unique” job on the side. I was a bartender throughout college and for a few years after. I made decent money, but the hours and standing on my feet were grueling, especially after being at work all day. I also modeled for full figured agencies and got some pretty decent gigs (Lane Bryant, Torrid, etc) that didn’t pay so well but it was great spending money. There were times when my “side hustles” made more money than my regular job! I’d definitely look in food/bar service if I were you.
Post # 6
My husband is a background actor for tv and movies. He used to have a desk job as an insurance agent and then was laid off, so he decided to try something new.
I don’t know how many tv shows film in your state, but casting networks is the website he uses for work. The pay isn’t great unless you get into SAG, but it could be fun for spending money. Even if you don’t consider yourself an actor, some roles just require you to spend the day on the beach :p
Post # 7
@QuirkySocialite: I’ve looked into the food industry. I have zero experience working a bar, so not likely to get hired on anywhere LOL
@littlemisst08: So personal shoppers would originate as a position at a department store?
@StL.Ashley: Thank you. I’ve tried doing surveys/quizzes online, but never got paid for them (yay, I got scammed). : I will check out ChaCha though!
At this rate, I’ve even considered being a PSO. Yeah, it’s not a typical job, and not really all that comfortable putting that on a resume, but if it’ pays, it pays.
Post # 8
@Sweet_Tea: Did you look at temp agencies? They are usually good with short term contracts.
Post # 9
@MrsPanda99: I have, it didn’t work out. I’d prefer something long-term anyways. I don’t like short term jobs, makes me feel cheap, if that makes any sense?
Post # 10
@Sweet_Tea: I agree, I hate contracts. But it’s a good way to get some money for now, add experience to your resume, and potentially turn into something long term 🙂
Post # 11
I’ve had a few different “unique” jobs while in school. I worked as a office girl for a tattoo place; I did small animal care at a zoo (basically just walking reptiles and running those programs they have for kids about the animals); I worked for a dress shop; I did tutoring for high school kids; and I’ve done tons of online based work.
Post # 12
I’m a dog walker/pet sitter. Obviously you have to like animals but other than that there’s not much to it. It’s a lot of driving around and a lot of walking (good exercise thought!). I have to work some evenings and weekends and holidays. It can really really suck if you don’t work for a good company. The one I work for now is fantastic. And you get to play with cute puppies without having to worry about your house being distroyed because they don’t live with you!
Post # 13
@Sweet_Tea: I took a year off from being a nurse and worked as a model. It was awesome! The instability of trying to constantly find work was awful. You constantly have to hustle. It’s fun to try though if you’re young, have no children and have a flexible schedule, and willing to take work literally at any time it is presented!
I’m 10000x happier I went back to a stable job with guaranteed stable pay.