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What to do if nobody wil hire?

 
 
Sam560
 
Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2018 10:53 pm
So I've been unemployed for a few years now. I used to work a summer job as a cashier but then when I hit 18 and need an official job, nobody will hire me.

Does anybody have any idea what I should do? I've applied to so many places and I either never get a response, OR I get called to an interview and they never call back.

I know someone will ask if I'm qualified for the jobs I apply to, and if I'm on good behavior during interviews and if my resume is on spot, and the answer is yes, yes, and yes.

I just have no idea what to do. I'm in my early 20's now and I'm dead broke. I've been wanting to go to college and do so many things but I can't because I'm broke. And it's very intimidating to try to look for jobs nowadays because 100% of the time it's in vain and I never get a chance, and nobody will hire.

Does anybody have any idea what I should do, or if there's any way I can have some sort of income? I'm just completely broke and I'm afraid I won't know what to do anymore the longer this goes on.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 06:11 am
Move.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 08:37 am
@Sam560,
Then do something else for a while. I temped for years. Or work in fast food or retail and make some cash. These will all put lines on your resume, too.

If you want an office job (for instance), saying you worked in fast food is still perfectly okay. It shows you're diligent, you're hard-working, and willing to do what it takes.

For local jobs, dress the part and deliver your resume in person. That still works, because so few people do that. Don't spray your shots. Want to work in engineering? Then figure out which kind of engineering and apply only to those places, etc.

Another idea is to essentially be an apprentice/intern. In the engineering example, you can help with design if that's a talent. For an office, try to work in low-level clerical (the good old mail room). For medicine, yes, you can be a hospital volunteer. Some of these pay, many of them don't. But if you're not making any money now, then at least be doing something to enhance your prospects.

As for college, look for inexpensive close-to-home solutions. That means community college or an accredited school online.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 08:52 am
Also check with schools and see if you can get financial aid - if you really are broke, you might get your school paid for. If you do go to a local community college - meet with them - see what they might be able to do for and if you do start classes, they might also help you get a job on campus or even off campus

Another thought - do you have someone you can trust that might be more experienced at finding and obtaining jobs? Have them look at your resume, have them go over interview skills with you so you are better prepared in interviewing, write a cover letter as well with your resume, send thank you notes. Do an internet search prior to applying and see what you can find that can help you brush up your resume/prepare you better for an interview at the place/industry you are interviewing for - practice the interview.

Maybe it is something you are doing wrong or not doing that holds you back from getting hired. It is difficult for us to comment without knowing how you are approaching these things. But from a high level - you need to do something that makes you stand out from others. (this would be doing something that shows you care, have initiative, are reliable, etc. - not just saying you have these skills but using an example that proves/supports this).
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 10:26 am
@Sam560,
You haven't stated whether you graduated from high school or gotten your GED. Prospective employees tend to really discriminate those who have neither. I suspect they also look down on those who just have a GED or high school degree and nothing else.

Your profile says that you live in Colorado. You should take pride out of the equation and utilize your state's resources to help you.

•Register with a Workforce Center
Jobs & Training
Goodwill Industries has a great job program that helped me get my current job (after being 6 months unemployed back in 2010). Check if Colorado has any equivalent programs.

Also, you might be able to volunteer for the Peace Corp. Get paid (not much) plus experience, etc....

OR if you're of sound mind and body... enlist in one of the armed forces branches.
Sam560
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 02:45 pm
@tsarstepan,
Yes, sorry I forgot to mention. I did in fact graduate high school and plan on college soon maybe.

The goodwill industries job program sounds greate, if they helped you get employed again.
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Sam560
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 02:56 pm
@Linkat,
My college is paid for in full. Thanks to my grandparents. It's just the commute and other small day-to-day expenses I'd have trouble with.

As far as interviews go, I do the best I can. I'm a pretty shy/quiet person and I simply don't know how to be social or enthusiastic.

I've tried therapy for this but to no avail. It runs in my family unfortunately. But I do my best to present myself as a worthy candidate.

I don't have a perfect resume, but I've got volunteer experience on it that really helps, and it helped get me noticed after being ignored for a while. After I got the volunteer experience on my resume, I wasn't rejected out of hand like I was before.

It just gets very intimidating, that's all. A lot of my peers from high school all have it going, but I'm still sort of stuck :/
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Agent1741
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2018 11:22 pm
try to impart that an employer cannot afford not to hire you because you are that good!!
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 06:37 pm
@Sam560,
Your other post says you ARE in college. "So for a while now I've been really down feeling since I met someone at college months ago." I have to ask what you consider an "official" job since any job that pays you to be there and work seems to meet the criteria of "official" status.

Maybe you don't interview well, in which case try practicing interview skills with others or video yourself and look at the results. But I think the majority of your issue is you're applying for positions you THINK you are qualified for, but aren't. Scale back, there's no shame in working in fast food or fuel stations if looking for a paycheck is your basic need.

You can also look on campus for student employment for food service, transportation service or clerking for various departments. You won't get rich but a steady work history can be beneficial.

Seasonal employment is another option. Life guarding, babysitting and lawn maintenance can be extremely lucrative this time of year. It's the end of June and most positions have already been filled. Set yourself up for employment by having a game plan for fall/winter in sales, snow removal or pickup/delivery.
Sam560
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 07:56 pm
@neptuneblue,
Yeah I have tried applying to jobs like you mentioned, such as fast food, grocery/gas stations, all sorts of jobs that don't require experience or training, but I seem to always be rejected. And I am absolutely applying to jobs I'm qualified for. Either that, or I apply to jobs that don't require experience or any specific qualifications.

As for college, I hang out with friends at my local community college and I do some sports occasionally and I'm in a few clubs, as they allow non-students to join, but I haven't been able to commit to any full time classes yet. I took one class for a short while but had to stop because the commute was too expensive.

I also DID in fact look for employment opportunities on campus(which is an excellent idea), and most of them either didn't require experience or provided training, but as my luck would have it none of them would give me a chance (hire)

It just seems like I'm having bad luck, because jobs that say they'll provide training and there is no prior work/experience needed never give me a chance. I don't understand why this keeps happening.

PS: and by 'official job' I meant one that had my work history recorded. I had a summer job a while ago but I was paid under the table.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 09:40 pm
@Sam560,
Oh.

So you lied.

"This time I don't want to get depressed or anything, because it could affect my school/career. "

There's no school or no career. What about grandparents paying for your college? I seem to have misplaced that quote somehow...
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 09:59 pm
@neptuneblue,
Yes, here it is, on this post...

"My college is paid for in full. Thanks to my grandparents. It's just the commute and other small day-to-day expenses I'd have trouble with. "
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Kolyo
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 10:08 pm
@neptuneblue,
neptuneblue wrote:

So you lied.


I don't see any evidence of that. Just the usual thing that one usually sees with shy people, where they give you bits and pieces of the story.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 10:43 pm
@Kolyo,
I'm having trouble discerning the truth from fantasy.

Please clarify how going to college and having stepped INSIDE a college is the same thing.
Kolyo
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 10:55 pm
@neptuneblue,
neptuneblue wrote:

I'm having trouble discerning the truth from fantasy.

Please clarify how going to college and having stepped INSIDE a college is the same thing.


No thanks. This isn't some blunder of trump's that it's appropriate to debate into the wee hours. This is a kid, asking for advice. I don't have time for petty quarrels about whether she's honest or not. It's rude to debate people's character in front of them as though they weren't there.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 11:01 pm
@Kolyo,
At 23, this isn't a "kid", an adult knows whether they attend college or not, Semantics aside, OP has issues working for a living. In which case, any job is better than non-employment.
Kolyo
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 11:05 pm
@neptuneblue,
neptuneblue wrote:

any job is better than non-employment.


Not a job with an abusive manager.

Especially a manager who would accuse her of lying when she's making an effort to explain herself.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 11:10 pm
@Kolyo,
Wheb OP gets a job, then that would be appropriate,
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Sam560
 
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Reply Sun 24 Jun, 2018 03:24 am
@neptuneblue,
I had taken a class not long ago, but I had to drop out as I stated already. Sorry if my wording is inconsistent, I just haven't been doing well since the beginning of this year.

I was refering to a *possible* career I might've had when I made the post you're referring to. But I never ended up getting that career.

I don't keep tabs on old posts.

I was just hoping for some answers as to why everybody goes dark on me and is never willing to hire, even for jobs that require no experience whatsoever. Jobs a high school student could do.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sun 24 Jun, 2018 05:58 am
@Sam560,
First things first, take a look at your resume. Emphasize your Education section by listing classes you took that correlate with the position you're applying for. If you're applying for a cashier job, list any business classes like Typing or Accounting. List classes that you did well in and highlight your GPA if it's over 3.0 but don't list it if it's not. Tailor your resume for different types of positions.

Next, be prepared for an interview. Make sure you know yourself by answering these types of questions from Monster.com:

Basic interview questions:
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why do you want this job?
Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
What's your ideal company?
What attracted you to this company?
Why should we hire you?
What did you like least about your last job?
When were you most satisfied in your job?
What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
What were the responsibilities of your last position?
Why are you leaving your present job?
What do you know about this industry?
What do you know about our company?
Are you willing to relocate?
Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral interview questions:
What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?
Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
How do you handle working with people who annoy you?
If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

Once you've had your interview, make sure you get the person's contact information to send a follow up Thank You email or letter. Make it a point to send it the day of your interview. If you haven't heard anything in a few days, call the hiring person and ask about the status of your application.

If you don't receive an offer of employment, it's ok to contact the hiring person one last time to inquire how you can improve your performance.

It does take time and patience to find a job, so don't give up. The key is to be prepared.
 

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