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Posted 3/17/15
So I'm taking a break from schooling in favor of getting some more actual work experience and some extra cash. I'm sending in applications online left and right but I can't even get a rejection email to save my life, much less an actual appointment for an interview. This is to be expected as admittedly I don't have much to write on my flimsy resume.

Under my belt I got:
- High school Diploma
- A few semesters of College
- Few months working as a Sales Clerk
- and the full use of all my limbs.

That's pretty much me in a nutshell. Anybody else trying to get their foot in the door? Any advice you can offer? I'm all ears, man.
Posted 3/17/15 , edited 3/17/15
Im not one to give advice on these type of things usually, but ill toss in my 2 cents.

Janitor
Fast Food
Dish Washer
convenience stores
Temp Work
Grocery Clerk

Bar all of that theres usually help wanted for stuff like help move furniture or the likes under the table type work.

If you can get volunteer work on occasion that goes a long ways for resumes and whatnot.
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Posted 3/17/15
Don't do online applications. It's way better to ask in person. At least for smaller retail type places. Wear a collared shirt, look clean cut, and make an impression by being outgoing and friendly.

The only online application I ever got called back on was for the home department/garden center at Fred Meyer/Kroger. I assume that was due to my greenhouse experience during high school though.
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I agree with the above post, talking to the manager and making a good impression will give you a much better chance. Plenty of other people probably apply for the same job online and you won't really stand out, especially when you don't have anything impressive on your resume.
Posted 3/19/15
I think work on your resumes.

make it clear and concise. and write a good cover letter. there are tons of examples on google. they are different for different jobs...

apply for casual jobs as well... because if they see you're a hardworker, they might hire you as permanent... and um... don't give up, I suppose...


if someone like me can find a job, anybody can find one. Seriously, I'm the most socially awkward person on this planet.
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Posted 3/21/15 , edited 3/21/15
Try applying at a call center they're always hiring.
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BrutaloclesVonSlaughterHousen wrote:

So I'm taking a break from schooling in favor of getting some more actual work experience and some extra cash. I'm sending in applications online left and right but I can't even get a rejection email to save my life, much less an actual appointment for an interview. This is to be expected as admittedly I don't have much to write on my flimsy resume.

Under my belt I got:
- High school Diploma
- A few semesters of College
- Few months working as a Sales Clerk
- and the full use of all my limbs.

That's pretty much me in a nutshell. Anybody else trying to get their foot in the door? Any advice you can offer? I'm all ears, man.


1. Get a good resume together. Don't just throw everything you've done/are good at on it, if it doesn't pertain to the job you're trying to get, don't bother with it. Try and fit everything that does/you feel is important onto 1 page. If you're unsure on good resume layouts, there are plenty of examples online. 95% of the people that look at you're resume are going to decide within the first 3-5 seconds if they're going to keep reading, if nothing grabs them, it'll get tossed.

2. Go directly to the places you want to apply to, apply online too if you can, but don't JUST apply online.

3. Dress appropriately, not just shorts and a t-shirt. A nice buttoned down shirt tucked in with a belt, rolled sleeves is fine. Jeans are fine, just make sure they're not shaggy. No holes or tears. Sneakers are fine too, just make sure they're not falling apart and are somewhat clean. This isn't an interview yet, just applications.

4. DON'T go during their busiest hours. When you get there ask if there's a manager that you can speak with. There should always be a manager on duty, but if there isn't, just ask for an application. If there is, be polite, introduce yourself and tell them you were looking to get a job there. If they aren't hiring, just ask them if you can give them a copy of your resume for the future. Remember, you're going to be trying to SELL yourself to this place eventually, and this'll be the first time they're meeting you!

5. FOLLOW UP. After about a day, you really should call the places you've submitted applications to. Ask them if they've had a chance to look at your application. If they haven't, just try again the next day, if they still haven't, chances are they won't be. If they have an email for you, Send them a thank you letter! Just tell them thanks for taking the time to talk with you, and that you look forward to hearing from them. I've gotten interviews just by sending a thank you to the person that talked with me about a job there.

6. DON'T get discouraged! Let's be honest, the job market sucks right now. Keep at it, and be optimistic. There is someone that WILL hire you.

That's about all I can think of for you about applying to places! Let me know if you land an interview, I'd be glad to give you some helpful tips. Good luck!
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