Surely the economy isn't this terrible!
January 21, 2011 1:28 PM Subscribe
Pardon my naiveté, but what's the best way to go about job searching for an entry-level/retail job for a person who doesn't have a degree beyond high school? They never taught me this in school.
posted by mccarty.tim to work & money (24 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've been giving an application to nearly every place that will give me one/has online applications, but I just don't seem to be getting any interviews or offers. No place is too cheap or "beneath" me. I'm not just applying to retail positions at places that seem like they'd be "fun." I really want some income, because I want to move out of my house and be somewhat independent, and I'm tired of hearing daily about how I'm a real problem for household finances from my mother. However, I think I'm a bit naive about job searching.
I'm 22 years old, and eager to work. I don't really have any qualifications towards retail (weird home-life meant I couldn't get a ride to get a job while I was in high school or even back when the economy was good). I'm currently a college student at community college, and I'm studying towards an associates in computer science. I have a decent grasp on Java and I've played around in AS3 before. I'm also almost A+ certified, I'm passing the practice exams but don't really have the money for the certification test. I've worked for a financial planner's office before doing PC repair, but he lately hasn't had any jobs for me. If it matters, I have taken a good 5 years of French, and I'm confident I could translate most simple written documents.
I don't really have any spiffy connections or anything to pull (my mom's a financial planner and all my friends are college students, none of whom seem to have any clout at their jobs).
I tried signing up for the state job exchange, Monster.com, and applying all over the place. Is there something I'm missing, or is it just a factor of a bad economy?
Failing finding work near me, I might, just might, be able to convince my mom to pay me a little money to move elsewhere in the country if it means me being independent. Anywhere in America that has a better economy for a person starting out than NJ?
Honestly, I'd even settle for odd jobs right now (filing, shoveling snow, etc), if it meant at least building up some savings and not sponging off of my mom for every sort of luxury. Any tips for getting those?
(Crosspost from Reddit.com/r/Jobs)