I Need a Job!
May 25, 2004 11:08 PM Subscribe
I have a serious problem. I've managed to screw up rather badly, and have lost a $10,000 scholarship. I don't have a job and my rent/food/everything money is from student loans and is carefully budgeted to run out with the end of the spring semester. I need a job but I live in a city where the largest employer is the post office. I have 5/8ths of a BA in English. My resume is none-existent. The last paying job I had was almost two years ago. I worked at a McDonald's for the federal minimum wage. Between now and the end of August I need to either earn $13,000 ($3k to live on, the rest for school), or find a career that has long-term security. I'm quite frightened, actually. I have several skills but no evidence—references, resume, awards, etc.—to prove it. Short of committing a crime, which I will not do, does anyone have any practical advice? A brief list of skills I possess are inside.
posted by Grod to Work & Money (30 answers total)
By far my greatest skill is reading speed/comprehension. I get what I read instantly. I'm not a bad writer, although I need an editor. This suggests a few highly unlikely possibilities to me. The first would be to write a book. Another would be to write freelance. Slightly more realistic, I think, would be to work for a publisher reading through the slush.
My next skill is computer literacy. Tech support, maybe? I don't know how to get a job like that and, considering where I live (Baltimore) and my lack of transportation, I don't know how realistic it is.
I'm competent to proficient in the use of a wide variety of commercial applications. Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, InDesign, etc. An entry level position with a design firm? Besides where I live and the previously mentioned lack of transportation, the market is still poor. Oh, and there are two colleges in the area that offer degrees in computer graphics and graphic design.
And finally, I can build webpages. Problem with that is that most job listings I've seen have required both experience and knowledge of Dreamweaver or some other app, and more and more they also require experience with perl or php or asp. While I've picked up enough of each to get by, that's like saying I know enough French to avoid ordering horse. What I can do is write clean, standards compliant xhtml and css. And then break it so it works with IE.
I can do a wide variety of other things, but again, I have little to no real-world experience.