Finding a workable entry level job ASAP, Seattle.
February 7, 2014 9:15 AM Subscribe
I need to find an entry level job in the Seattle area. My resume looks like sludge and I need at least half my rent at the end of this month. I'm a smart friendly drug free person who's punctual and hates to leave work unfinished, but I'm also an incredibly inexperienced introvert who doesn't drive and is currently anxious. I need financial security. What do I do and where can I go to get a workable job ASAP?
posted by a mous named nony to Work & Money (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I excelled as a liberal arts college student, but upon graduating: major recession, major depression, and dealing with the same and worse happening to family and closest friends for five+ years. The end result is I'm a man in my late twenties, have a decidedly translucent resume containing artsy stuff, have few close friends, and am technically in the red on credit. I've been thinking about a long term career in the abstract end of design, but what I need now is the security of a stable job that will keep me alive long enough to let me think about those longer plans.
I went to a nice temp agency last month and was immediately shoved into a receptionist/office gig where someone had unexpectedly quit. It was scary for an introvert but a learning experience. Now the temp agency says they're looking for something more suited to me, but it's been two weeks and I care less about a good fit and more about staying alive. Now it's the 7th and I have to find work. Addressing this head on makes me very anxious, and as a result I procrastinate when I should be trying to find work. That I've never really gone through a formal job hiring process before doesn't help. So I need some wise practical external help. What I want from you all is either miracle advice on place/s that I can go to right now for work, or general advice on the best ways to definitely find work within the next few days.
40/week 11$/hr and up would be best (can't currently afford to move to cheaper digs, and besides, it's Seattle. Minimum wage 9.19). Rent is due at the end of the month, but I can supplement for this month with some money borrowed from a friend. I don't drive (never learned) so I'd prefer no more than a dependable hour-per-direction bus/LINK commute from Downtown/Capitol Hill area. Besides inexperience, quietness/introversion and (currently) a bit of self doubt, I don't believe I have any relevant hangups: for example I'm punctual, friendly and kind, don't do drugs, and inherently like work getting done and want it to be done well. I have a taste for office work now, and I figure those skills are semi-relevant to my future. Low-interaction work like night-stocker or night security sounds relaxing and fine and would be a dream. Manufacturing sounds OK. Telephone sounds incredibly nerve wracking but may be doable. Cleaning/care sounds terrible but if they're hiring tomorrow... Ask or memail me for any more relevant details.