- 5 years ago
I am 20, I graduated from high school in 2010, and I’ve had 4 jobs.
-The first one was at a diner right after I graduated and I was laid off when the manager cut back hours for winter.
-The second one was at Target and I quit when I moved 3 hours away.
-The third one was at Starbucks after I moved and I was let go because “it wasn’t the right job for me.”
-The fourth one was a house cleaning job after I moved back, and I was let go when my car broke down, I could no longer drive to work, I couldn’t afford to get my car fixed, and no one could give me a ride because it was 40 miles away. That was a year ago.
Whenever I tell people I’m looking for a job, they think I’m looking for a “real” job or that I want a job that pays well, and they say, “Why don’t you just apply for retail/restaurant jobs?” I have applied for a few receptionist, customer service, etc. jobs, but since I know I’m probably competing with people with degrees and experience for those jobs, I have mostly been applying to retail and food service jobs.
In fact, I’ve applied (with both online and paper apps) to every retail and food service job I can think of within a 40-mile radius of where I live AND followed up to the point of being obnoxious. I am always confident and friendly when I talk to prospective employers.
I applied at a golf club where my Boyfriend or Best Friend used to work and have followed up in person 4 times so far; the manager seemed to like me and said he would definitely call me back when someone quit, but he hasn’t. I thought he would have called me months ago when they started to increase hours for summer. A friend from church just gave my number to a man who was looking for someone to hire, and he has not called me either.
I’ve gotten almost every job I’ve interviewed for; my problem is getting interviews in the first place. Literally hundreds of people know I’m looking for a job. I reapply at Target every 60 days. I’ve even applied at McDonald’s and Walmart, for crying out loud. I’ve tried to get call center jobs, lawn mowing jobs, and petsitting jobs. I’m doing everything I “should” be doing to find a job. I feel like such a failure, and like this can’t be normal. Has anyone else taken this long just to find a crappy minimum-wage job? I’m not really looking for advice (though if you have any, that would be nice), I just wanted to vent.