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February 11, 2010 12:53 PM Subscribe
I'm in the position of needing to find a job just of *some* variety that will provide cash for the next 18 months or so. I'm looking to work less than 40 hours a week and have at least one weekday off; accordingly, the sort of retail/restaurant work everybody else hates seems like it would be ideal. How do I convince a company that I'm a great pick when I have a graduate degree?
posted by larkspur to Work & Money (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to do my small business with as little debt as possible... largely because I'm already in a lot of debt and not able to take out more. I need more cash coming in than my business currently provides to make the payments on said debt. I'm okay with working long hours and most of my current don't mind things like meeting in the evenings or Saturdays, but I have one who prefers lunch meetings at some point during the week and would like to have at least one weekday free for that and any future business needs.
So I'd like to get a job working about thirty hours a week, and I'll accept minimum wage although a dollar or two more would be great. Given my debt levels, I'm willing and happy to keep up this side job for about the next year and a half, which I figured should be enough to pay off one of my credit cards and make me look much more solvent from a business perspective.
Problem: I tried applying for retail/restaurants when I was in graduate school and was across the board told I was overqualified for the positions.
When all I have is maybe a brief moment with a manager (or an assistant manager) and a corporate application to fill out, how can I spin myself as their best possible employment choice, especially in these rough economic times? I know that I work hard, learn fast, I'm good with details, and 18 months is longer than a lot of places keep staff, but I don't know how to impress these facts upon the relevant individuals.
Also, suggestions of good places to apply as far as employee treatment, availability of jobs, etc are welcome. I'm in northern Ohio.