Unemployed. Any ideas?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee

For retail and customer service positions, it’s often best to go in yourself and don’t rely on the internet. A lot of stores will have needs that they won’t advertise elsewhere.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would also add that you might want to think about adding something in your cover letter to address your situation and why you are looking for a job outside your field…I think even with this economy employers are skeptical of people who are basically only looking for a retail gig until what they really want pans out, and then they’ll leave.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh! And also try the job boards at the mall…I know our local mall posts jobs on their job board…might be a good place to find several different ones to apply for.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

@bebero:  

One word – Networking.  Are you on LinkedIn?  Do you have past clients you can reach out to for a referral?  Have you contacted any headhunters?  Can you afford to have a professional resume writer look over yours?  There’s so much competition that you really need to sell yourself.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@bebero:  I would say apply to each and every place you are interested in, even if they aren’t advertising they are hiring. Give it 2 days at the most, then call the store or go in person and ask to speak with a manager to see if they are interviewing candidates. If so, I would say something like “I sent in my application a few days ago and am interested in an interview if that’s an option at this time.” Chances are, you will surpass the people sitting on their butts waiting for a call. You have to take initiative!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

never discount low-ish paying jobs if they have cash tips involved. Also if you are in a city check out idealist.org, they have a lot of the non-profit jobs listed. 

 

If you have your degree and dont mind kids you can always substitute teach for a while. I know our elementary school here is always looking for subs. 

 

If you are just looking for something to make some cash until you get a few clients try the ‘gigs’ section of craigs list. Sometimes there are easy things you can do to make a little money (Rolling up rugs after an expo, stacking chairs after concerts etc)
What kind of freelance work do you do? Is it something you could advertise and pick up a client or two short term? 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@globalmargaret:  I agree 100%, a job that has tips is where you should go. Forget about looking on those big job boards for this type of work because it’s so expensive to post a job on there so only really large companies do it (and usually only for salaried jobs). Did you try asking around your friends and acquaintances? The first step is to let them know you’re looking for work, as they might know of somewhere that’s hiring. Or do you know of a cool business that you wouldn’t mind working at? Go talk to them!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bebero:  thats a good way to start. Luckily coffee shops and resturants typically have high turnover becuase they mainly employ college students and other young adults. I would stop by two or three of your favorite resturants and just drop off a resume with the owner, ask if they are taking applications. If you have freinds or family who work anywhere like that start there for sure they should be able to tell you who is hiring

 

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