How can I assist my girlfriend in finding a decent job in a difficult college town?
September 11, 2007 12:55 AM Subscribe
How can I assist my girlfriend in finding a decent job in a difficult college town job market?
posted by Anthony84 to Work & Money (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend, who is currently attending school for a bachelor's degree, moved in with me a little over a year ago. Ever since (yes, for over a year), she has been looking at least weekly at jobs, and she must have applied to well over 100 at this point, but has found not a single decent job offer. That is unless you really think fast food is a great career! Needless to say, she's been in fast food for about a year as well.
I know what you're thinking, there must be something wrong with her or what she's doing. As far as I can tell though, she is doing nothing wrong. In fact, I assisted her in building a resume that is about as good as it can get (and I was able to get a pretty good job with mine). She is also very intelligent and personable as well as bilingual. The only negative to her resume is that she did not hold either of her 2 previous jobs for very long, and of course, she has a high school education.
The strangest part is that maybe only 5% of the places she applies to even bother responding (even stranger that she keeps on top of the job sites and applies before most people get a chance). I am starting to think it's the town (Davis, CA) that's the problem. College kids everywhere filling in positions as fast as possible would make some sense to me. We also don't know very many people here, which is probably a factor. We have seen several jobs go to less qualified people for seemingly little reason. Of course, she has no car either, so looking in other towns or in Sacramento has little point for her. I have started considering moving into Sacramento just so that she can have a decent job at some point, but that solution seems a bit extreme.
This has been drawn out for too long and the problem is taking its toll on my girlfriend. Minimum wage and terrible management and hours are soon going to force her out of her current job. Are there any methods I can use to cheer her up or make finding a job easier? Perhaps we should give up on Davis and try for public transportation? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)