How do I get a job in San Francisco with a paper-thin resume?
January 18, 2013 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'll try to make this brief. I recently turned 23, and due to a combination of drugs and depression since getting out of high school I have essentially no work experience. This makes responding to job postings very frustrating and humiliating as my resume feels like a complete joke.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The only work I've done is give piano lessons to a few students from 2010 to the middle of last year, and I worked as one of those sign waving people over the summer but got fired after a few weeks, so I feel like putting such a short stint on my resume is more of a liability than an asset. I don't have many references either, unless I ask some people to completely lie for me. But I hate lying, not because I'm some especially moral and virtuous person; I'm just lazy and it's hard to keep track of lies, and I find being honest to be more easy, but I can't help but feel sometimes that being honest is for suckers. It sucks because yeah, I made some unwise decisions and kinda dicked around for a while but now I'm really trying to become a productive member of society and it seems no one is willing to take a chance on someone like me. But I digress...
I guess I'll list some of my skills/assets:
I can play piano pretty well, and I gave lessons for a while but as I mentioned previously, based on the lack of responses to the applications I send out being self-employed doesn't mean a whole lot to HR people.
I completed just about two years of community college (focusing on music), no degree though.
So many job postings I see require a year, two years minimum experience, so in a nutshell my question for the hive mind is, besides just outright lying about having a degree, previous jobs, etc, how can I get a job (or 'how can I get income' is what I suppose I'm really asking) without any workplace experience? I haven't done any volunteering either, and no exhortations to see a therapist, please. I don't have a car so I can't easily travel very far outside the city either.