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    I hate this economy

    I'm a 23 year old college grad (associates degree) and current college student (went back just to do something). I went to my states university for two years and left because my family couldn't afford its tuition hikes and plus I was just an undecided. I've been in college since I was 19. After graduating high school I took sometime off and went back to my home state to visit family and friends I haven't seen since I moved to my current state. My last job was when I was in high school working at my local grocery store as a courtesy clerk making an awesome $5.50 an hour at the time.

    So for these last five years I've had nothing but trouble finding work. It was either time constraints from being a full time student (five classes a semester. I practically was on campus from 7am till 7pm mon - fri) at my university for two years and employers around here wanting nothing but flexible employees or due to the economy crashing and no one was hiring in general unless you were over qualified to hard to pass up.

    I remember when I was 20 my local hotel had a position open for a dishwasher. Figured why not and applied. When I went back to hand in the application the manager there instantly turned it around to look at my job history. When he noticed the last time I worked was, at the time, two and a half years ago he tossed my application into the trash.

    A month ago I got called in for an interview at my local game store. It was a group interview and he really liked me. He focused on me the most and asked me the most questions. He turned me down because he was looking for someone to work the afternoon shifts, which I couldn't do since I had classes in the afternoon..

    A week ago I applied at my local domino's. I filled out the application, did their online interview, and waited to see if they would call. They didn't call but instead sent me an email telling me polity, in context, I wasn't qualified enough. I sat here baffled. I'm a college student and apparently I'm not qualified enough to sprinkle cheese on a pizza or pick up a phone to take an order. I didn't know you had to be highly skilled to do that.

    Now I sit here not knowing what to do. I see one of my old friend who has gotten fired twice this year keep getting new jobs instantly and I'm just baffled. I simply hate this economy.
    Last edited by muffinss; 2012-11-21 at 05:13 AM.

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    what is your degree in?

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    This may be nitpicky, but taking 5 classes a semester doesn't mean you can't work. I often took 18 credits (6 classes) in a semester and worked 30-40 hours a week while I was in college. Just keep applying places. Go into every restaurant you see and apply. Restaurants are good because waiters/bartenders make good money and the hours often work pretty well for college students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve View Post
    This may be nitpicky, but taking 5 classes a semester doesn't mean you can't work. I often took 18 credits (6 classes) in a semester and worked 30-40 hours a week while I was in college. Just keep applying places. Go into every restaurant you see and apply. Restaurants are good because waiters/bartenders make good money and the hours often work pretty well for college students.
    I did apply when I was a full time student. I applied everywhere I could. No one hired me and when they did tell me why not it was because I wasn't flexible enough with my hours. Which I understood because if they need someone one day to work from 1pm to 7pm and 9am to 8pm the next I couldn't work those shifts since I had class during those hours.

    And I have applied to some of my local restaurants and still have been waiting for any response back.. When I call they just say they are still looking, positions filled, or haven't gotten around to looking at the applications yet.
    Last edited by muffinss; 2012-11-21 at 05:08 AM.

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    Let me get this straight. You applied and/or worked at the following places:

    grocery store
    game store
    domino's pizza

    That's your problem. You're not motivated enough. Stop blaming your laziness on the economy and your school work. There are people who take way more classes (18 to 21 credits) than you do and still work 30 to 40 hours per week. You can't apply to three places and expect someone to hire you because you're in college / a college graduate.

    If you really wanted a job, you would have applied to hundreds (yes, hundreds) of places and instead of sitting here whining you would be working. Stop being lazy and stop blaming it on the economy. It's obvious that you don't really want a job.

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    Dude you can get a job if you're really motivated.

    Walmart
    McDonalds
    Burger King
    Any retail or restaurant.

    If all else fails check out http://www.manpower.com and give them a call, they'll find something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tierbook View Post
    what is your degree in?
    I got my degree in general applied science. Took classes to work in the IT field being a junior linux admin. Went back again for general networking and my cisco cert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffinss View Post
    I got my degree in general applied science. Took classes to work in the IT field being a junior linux admin. Went back again for general networking and my cisco cert.
    in that case your simply not trying hard enough.... most Domino's have little use for a guy with a degree in General Applied Science

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laize View Post
    Dude you can get a job if you're really motivated.

    Walmart
    McDonalds
    Burger King
    Any retail or restaurant.

    If all else fails check out http://www.manpower.com and give them a call, they'll find something.
    The last five months I applied for both my walmarts in my town twice. Even my local sams club. I've applied to so many places I literately have forgotten most that I have I applied to. My town surprisingly only has a couple of fast food joints and they rarely ever hire. When they do, its always high school kids. Both of sonic's are piratically ran by high school kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laize View Post
    Dude you can get a job if you're really motivated.
    That's his problem. He's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tierbook View Post
    in that case your simply not trying hard enough.... most Domino's have little use for a guy with a degree in General Applied Science
    What degree do you need to sprinkle cheese on a pizza or pick up a phone to say "Hello! Thanks for calling Domino's. How can I assit you today. Oh! Today's specials are two large, one topping pizza for $11 each!" What experience in general do you honestly need to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffinss View Post
    The last five months I applied for both my walmarts in my town twice. Even my local sams club. I've applied to so many places I literately have forgotten most that I have I applied to. My town surprisingly only has a couple of fast food joints and they rarely ever hire. When they do, its always high school kids. Both of sonic's are piratically ran by high school kids.
    The go to Manpower.

    They'll hook you up with a job with exactly the hours you need. That's what they get paid (by the companies, not you) to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffinss View Post
    The last five months I applied for both my walmarts in my town twice. Even my local sams club. I've applied to so many places I literately have forgotten most that I have I applied to. My town surprisingly only has a couple of fast food joints and they rarely ever hire. When they do, its always high school kids. Both of sonic's are piratically ran by high school kids.
    Oh wow, both walmarts twice? That changes everything... /s

    Seriously, apply to hundreds of places and come back to us. Also, when was the last time you applied somewhere? Last week? Last month?

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    I went through interview after interview after interview and filled out an unreasonable amount of job applications, but I got a job to help pay for school that didn't involve working at a fast food joint. If your wrist (or fingers) isn't sore from filling out applications, you haven't filled out enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tierbook View Post
    in that case your simply not trying hard enough.... most Domino's have little use for a guy with a degree in General Applied Science
    You don't even need a degree to work at Dominos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Furosuto View Post
    That's his problem. He's not.
    I'm not yet these last three months I applied for every single retail store in my city? I applied and called in to three of my five groceries stores here in town seeing if they read my application and be told they haven't gotten around to it or already reviewed and hired other people for those positions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digglett View Post
    You don't even need a degree to work at Dominos.
    It's actually a disadvantage to have any kind of degree, or even be in school. Employers know that you see the job as only something to help get you by, and you have no intention of working there for a long period of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furosuto View Post
    Oh wow, both walmarts twice? That changes everything... /s

    Seriously, apply to hundreds of places and come back to us. Also, when was the last time you applied somewhere? Last week? Last month?
    Yesterday I applied for both blockbusters in my town since they just started accepting applications which they denied me last march when they were looking last because I wasn't qualified enough due to my lack of work experience. Its what they told me.

    I also went through three interview's for best buy for geek squad and got denied because the manager didn't trust me due to my lack of work experience and said that made me risky last month. Even though the first two managers loved me and said I should have no trouble getting hired. So instead they promoted a cashier they had to the job. No joke.

    Edit:

    I also applied, again, to the three drug stores in my town, two grocery's stores, and one grocery store that I worked at in high school again, which I've applied to every single month for the last year. Went in countless of times to talk to the manager. He either tells me they are doing a hiring freeze, just got done hiring, or hasn't checked yet. They always go through high school kids like crazy.. Practically all they hire.
    Last edited by muffinss; 2012-11-21 at 05:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badpaladin View Post
    It's actually a disadvantage to have any kind of degree, or even be in school. Employers know that you see the job as only something to help get you by, and you have no intention of working there for a long period of time.
    Yeah, I could easily see that happening.


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    Go for an A+ certificate.. If you are smart and study hard you get can those easily. With those you should be able to get most IT jobs (especially if you are willing to relocate)

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