Post # 1
So I really hate talking about my lack of a job, but it’s really bothering me at this point. I’ve spent the last few years in college, so I couldn’t work 3 full-time jobs at a time like people seem to expect around here. I wanted to focus on school, and could have if my financial aid hadn’t dried up unexpectedly. Problem is, the job market sucks, and I don’t have any work history.
It’s not that I’ve never had a job. I’ve done baby-sitting and I worked at a fast food restaurant… that no longer exists. So I can’t put baby-sitting down, since I was mostly doing it for neighbors and relatives, and well… that fast food restaurant has been closed for years now. I really don’t know what to put on applications, since it just looks like I haven’t been doing anything, when I have. What do I do? I can’t put down extra-curricular activities either because of the religious/political bent of a lot of them! So everyone’s acting like I’m freeloading when I’ve been looking for a real job for a long time! But my applications and my resume just really suck… what do I do!?
Post # 3
Start volunteering in the meantime, or use your professors/mentors as references … Everyone has to start somewhere!
Post # 4
You can still put those jobs on a resume, you just have to try and put a spin on it that makes it sound relevant to what you want to do. It’s really just that you can’t use them as references anymore. Make sure you have other references that can attest to how well you work, etc.
Did you do any volunteer work or research at undergrad that you could list as relevant experience? What did you do over summer breaks? Any internships or summer jobs? You don’t have to work 3 full time jobs to get relevant experience for your resume in college, there are plenty of other options for that.
Post # 5
@kittyfinn: I was in your same situation. All I had were personal refrences and volunteer #’s (church related) went on some interviews and finally got a call back 2 weeks ago. Make sure when you fill out applications, talk to the manager, tell them your name, and that you are excited to hear back from them. If you apply online call the store and speak to the manger or go in. It took alot of patience and I went through 3 pens just writing/typing info down. Look for something that will teach you skills and experience like using a cash register and selling products ( non-commission retail). Then apply to more jobs as you gain confidence!
Do not be intimidated 🙂 good luck!!!
Post # 6
You can still list those jobs, you’re just unable to use the employers as references. You can always ask professors to write references for you, and you can always list the skills you have used in your studies such as time management, working towards a deadline, etc. Volunteering would help boost your resume too