Help…How do I go about getting a "crappy" job?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Tutor.  Do you care about health insurance?  If you can get a job tutoring college students to get into business school, you can make a killing.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  They’ll still hire you if you’re overqualified, most definitely. In fact, they’ll be thrilled to be getting a quality worker for so cheap.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I highly, highly doubt it. When I was bartending, I used to do the interviews when people would come in asking for a job. Never in a million years did I care about any details other than 1) did they have a car 2) did they seem eager to be there.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPanda99:  i think most sectors of the service industry know that they have a high turnover and are okay with that. i’ve always served in between jobs and never had a problem getting hired. my suggestion would be (if you want to serve) to apply to higher end places. a lot of them might have management tracks and you could work that in your favour, even if that isn’t what you actually want to do long term. but most places i’ve interviewed have been okay knowing that it is a short term thing. OR you could always tell them you want to work part time once you get a full time job… a little bit of white lying never hurt anyone 🙂  you gotta look out for yourself first and foremost.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s summer. Lots of places will be hiring temporary summer staff. Try any kind of touristy/hotel job. Are there any museums, art galleries, amusement parks in your area? Try something fun and out of the office for a change!

 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I would be very tentative about devulging too much about your current living situation.  if I were interviewing you, I would think that this is your “hobby job” and that you might not stick around or take it seriously.  to be clear, I’m not hating on that- my job is more or less a hobby job (it was a “serious” job when I got it but now that we’re getting married soon it’s more something for me to have my own money, not something I NEED to have,) but it would be tough to interview like that.

 

I will say (from experience) that if you’re relatively honest once you get into the interview things might be easier than you think.  I started my current job after taking 4 years off from the industry, and I interviewed for a position I was WAY WAY overqualified for. Then the VP asked me why the hell I wanted that job, I told her the truth: I had been out of the game for a while, and that high-level position wasn’t what I wanted for my life anymore. I wanted something lower-stress, less hours and no travel in a better, more positive and casual environment.  They printed my offer letter on the spot (for a position they created for me at 10k more than I interviewed for.)  So it can be done.  I’m enjoying this job more than any job I’ve had in the 15 years I’ve been working!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@badabing88:  When I did hiring for Old Navy, we had to turn down a few “overqualified” applicants. Not all, but usually their expectations were far too high for pay, and we had to keep our pay per person under a certain number. (Lame, I know). 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@StephieBee:  I can see that 100% with people living off of hourly, but as a server/bartender in TX, you get $2.13/hour whether you walk in homeless or you’re Bill Gates, because of tips 😉

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

TBH, the economy in most places is such crap right now that your resume probably won’t stick out as much as you think it will.  Plenty of MBA’s are working crappy jobs because they have to. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have several friends who have been deemed overqualified for things in the service industry due to their MAs/MBAs/MScs/PhDs – even though the job market has been so dismal that many very well-educated people have been scrambling for employment.

One possibility (other than tutoring which is a good suggestion) is to look for short-term positions, like filling in for someone during maternity leave. It would buy you some time to look for a more permanent position while still making money, with the expectation on both sides that it will have an end date. A friend of mine got her current position by taking over someone’s mat leave position (in finance, I think), as it gave her some new networking possibilities that she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to find otherwise.

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