Is it really supposed to be this hard to find a minimum-wage job?? (vent)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sure it’s nothing to do you with; EVERYONE needs a job right now, and unfortunately there are WAYYY too many people looking for the same job you are. Sadly, the ratio these days is like 100 ppl to each 1 job opening, or worse. Keep it up, but don’t be defeated; it’s not your fault, it’s just how it is right now. Trust me, the employers aren’t trying to be jerks… they can only hire so many people. :/


Post # 4
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissZeppelin: I don’t have any advice. 🙁 I just popped in to let you know I’m sending good vibes your way! I’m looking for a new job as well (I have been for over a year), and everyone keeps telling me “something will come up.” So I’ll pass it on to you. Something will come up. In the meantime, try volunteering somewhere close to your home. It will take your mind off of finding a job, and will keep you from going stir-crazy. Who knows – your volunteer gig might turn into a job!

Good luck!

Post # 6
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissZeppelin:  It might just be the area. I live in Sac too, during the week, and I’m finding more jobs in San Francisco than Sac. Which isn’t a problem for me, since I could just commute there from my mom’s place, which is closer. 

Seriously, the only jobs I’ve ever had, I’ve gotten through connections. I’ve worked with FI at 3 out of my 4 jobs, and he’s always been able to talk to HR on my behalf to look at my resume. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been hired based off of my qualifications, but it really helps if you know someone.

Post # 7
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Let me tell you a story, my co is hiring like crazy (work in health insurance ObamaCare coming in, we are crazy busy) My dept alone is hiring 10 people, however they have made the hiring process so hard. (not my managers but HR) that very few people are even getting in the door for interviews. )

Post # 9
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MissZeppelin:  One thing I’d double check is that all of your online stuff (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is PC because employers look at all of that…


Also, have you thought about going to college or a trade school (beauty, nails, etc.)? If you are having a hard time finding a job that would be one way to make it easier in the future, and it would give you something to do…


Another one would be looking for a union to join (not sure if they’re big in CA but they’re huge in MA). They train you, the wages/benefits are good, and if you ever end up unemployed they actively help you look while you receive unemployment. Carpenters especially like girls because it helps them with metrics in order to win government contracts. It sounds like a crappy job but every carpenter I know is happy, healthy, and makes a lot of money! 

Post # 10
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MissZeppelin:  This is going to seem random, but are there any car dealerships around you?  Not the crappy buy here pay here lots, but decent dealerships?  I work at one and there are constantly positions open for cashier, receptionist, and office workers.

Post # 11
258 posts
Helper bee

@MissZeppelin:  Getting a good paying job without a degree is more about who you know than what. I have a job that pays more than my teching degress i was working on would have made me. 


The only way I got the job was cause I knew someone who i could use as a refrence that works there 

Post # 12
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It might be the area…I used to live an hour north of Sacramento and it took me MONTHS to find a minimum wage job when I had management experience, great references, and a college education. I know that part of CA has one of the top unemployment rates in the country. When the economy first tanked, I was 18 and already had 4 years of retail/food work experience (I grew up in a diff. state) and it took me 9 months to find a retail job. Last year I was 21/22 and it took me 3-4 months of searching, and then the company shut down shortly after I left & moved cross-country.

Post # 13
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  I second that idea – I worked in the service department as a cashier/recpetionist of a Honday dealership while I was in college. That’s actually where I met FI!

Post # 16
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissZeppelin:  I think it’s just hard to find a job PERIOD. I’ve been applying to part-time jobs for about 2 months and just last night had a preliminary interview with Old Navy, that’s right OLD NAVY had a prelim-interview. I had a front desk job at a hotel for 6 1/2 years, a degree, and am working on my masters. I always request minimum wage and never get call-backs, I know that my work refrences are good because I’m still friends with my old GMs and they actually ask me to come back and work when needed. FI is still working on his BFA and hasn’t worked in a year, although before then he was working in retail for 2 and doing seasonal work at UPS. He hasn’t gotten any callbacks either, I honestly don’t think it has anything to do with education, work history, etc but that it’s hard to find jobs right now and the ones that do come open are ususally snatched up by friends of friends/family members etc.

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