catering is a great one. find a temp agency that specialized in it and you are golden. it's hard, hot, long work, but the pay is good, you usually get to nosh on the food at the end of the night, and you also can meet some fun people.
Last edited by toxigal; 04-23-2010 at 12:11 PM.
keep at it day and don't lose heart. Its not easy. Its not easy for anyone. I started working at restaurants as dishwashers at 14 and have been working since. Got my engineering degree in college.. and moved up since.. In this economy take anything. Like others have said. Dress well and fill out apps very carefully when you are looking for a job. You want the employer to remember you when you come in and that will help. Dont give up my friend. I do not envy you starting out..
I would go apply for the job Adam posted it it's walking distance to your house. Even if your not a power tool pro like he said it won't take long to get up to speed. Just tell them you've used tools around the house and also sometimes when working at the Coast Guard Reserve.
It's full time 7-3:30 and they want someone who will work those hours but if you can schedule your classes in the evening (and do summer ones as well) and do your Auxiliary stuff on the weekends and after work you will be set.
While this job may seem unrelated to your goals there are probably many many skills that will be useful to you being on a boat as well as to the Coast Guard that you can pick up in a manufacturing/machine shop environment.
Your english is great, you can use a tape measure and do basic math, you'll figure out the power tools quick, you can walk to work and probably get a decent check. Most schools offer tons of evening classes to accommodate working people so that will work itself out. You might have to miss an Auxiliary opportunity or two but in the long run a full time job even for a few years before you might need to leave to finish your requirements that might only be offered during the day (and at that point hopefully the company will value you enough to maybe let you only work 3 days and still stay onboard) will go a long way in getting you to all your goals.
Don't think about it ... get a resume together as Becky suggested and get on over to the job NOW. Nothing worth doing is worth waiting to do.
"I'm stuck in New Jersey
I don't expect too much
If the world ended today
I would adjust"
I'm compiling a resume now.
I feel like a whore for making writing for an internet forum's magazine "volunteer experience"
However school does come first. If I can make a good enough impression maybe they'll let me come in after my classes or something. I dunno, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Last edited by Dayman; 04-23-2010 at 01:19 PM.
Are you any good at spray tanning? Wiping sweat?
People accuse me of being overly competitive. I'm not. I'm the most non-competitive person in the world. No one even comes close.
Depends who I'm wiping sweat off of
Give this site a look...it's all entry-level, internship jobs. You should be able to search by either state or city.
Although you are not a college grad, it might help to network with companies that do hire college grads.
One Day, One Job
Also, selling "gear" ='s selling drugs.
"I love inside jokes. I'd like to be a part of one some day." - Michael Scott
1617 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I know this because my office is near their old location. We get some real idiots knocking on our door looking for Express. Dayman from your post I think you might be too smart for this company.
Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but why not try one of the local temp. agencies?
You said that you don't have any real job experience, but you're in school right now, so I would imagine that you're able to handle a computer. I saw that you wanted to move around while you're working and that's fine also. There are many kinds of temp jobs from office work to janitorial services and I'm sure they'll start you off with more than you'll make at Target.
I know that the Lowe's across from my job in Dresher, is hiring.
Qualifications Brief Will Make Your Resume Stand Out) and the where after that. Basically, anything you've done can be turned into "experience." I once saw a resume from a woman who'd been a housewife for 20+ years. She'd organized the kids' activities, managed the household budget etc. *That's* what she focused on. You didn't realize it until the very end of the resume when she said something about above experience gained in 20 years of raising 3 kids and managing a household of 5 people.
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are. -- B. Banzai
Watch your language, dress well, and act like a professional. Goddam it , and hell won't cut it.
Acting casually, or the way people act in the street, is fine for home or the street. However, the working world is different, and our language, dress, and demeanor are held up to different standards. Someone who presents himself or herself with a good attitude certainly will have an advantage over someone who comes in surly, disheveled, or inarticulate.
Good luck to you.
related to how you present yourself in person, take a few minuts and see how you present yourself virtually.
google your real name and see what happens. make sure you are presenting yourself in a good light online.
edited to add: go register at linkedin. it's a professional networking site. it will show up near the top of your search listings.
Also, re: UPS - the big facility on Oregon Ave (I think) is always hiring for overnights. Good money, physical work - my students (who don't even have high school diplomas) can get employed there, so you should be able to if it's something you're interested in.
I might stop in tomorrow. We'll see.
And regarding UPS, that's a long haul late at night for someone with no car. If I had a car, it'd be different.
LinkedIn is a great idea. Do not assume that because you don't have a "professional" job already you can't use it. Also, let everyone you know, run into, have a passing acquaintance with, know that you are looking for a job. You'd be surprised what those encounters can reveal.
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are. -- B. Banzai
Let me give you some advice from an employer's perspective. I was recently hiring for an entry level part time position. I posted the position on craigslist and within 24 hours, I had over 500 applicants for only one opening. That gives you some idea what the market is like. With that kind of competition, you need to be able to separate yourself from the competition.
The easiest way to separate yourself from the competition is very simple. Take every opportunity you can to present yourself to an employer in person. And when you do present yourself in person, have a professional resume in hand (regardless of your experience level), and be sure to dress professionally!!!
I can tell you that you've got about five seconds to make a good impression. From what I've seen, the overwhelming majority of the people applying for entry level jobs make the fatal mistake of not dressing appropriately when dropping off a resume. That works in your favor. You can immediately eliminate 90% of your competition by just looking like you're somebody who is serious about getting a job.
Unless you are applying for a job where a certain image is important (e.g, a trendy urban retail store), you will need to dress conservatively. I've hired hundreds of people over the years. The only way someone is getting considered for a job with me is if they show up at my business looking like this:
1) clean, pressed, dress pants only - no jeans or sweats
2) a clean, pressed collared dress shirt. Do not leave the shirt hanging out. Tuck it in. A jacket and tie is not required, but it sure can't hurt.
3) Facial hair is OK as long as it is neatly trimmed, but clean shaven is better.
4) No ear rings. period.
5) if you've got tattoos, cover them. If you have tattoos that can't be covered, like neck tattoos or tattoos on your hands, don't bother applying for a job with me. I wish you luck elsewhere.
6) clean, polished dress shoes
It's Ok to dress however you want in your personal life. But if you follow these dress/grooming guidelines when introducing yourself to a potential employer, most employers will immediately see that you are taking your job search seriously which means you will probably take your job seriously.
Even if you are pounding the pavement and just filling out applications or dropping off resumes, be sure to dress to impress!
Not sure if you found a job yet...I know you mentioned social anxiety used to be an issue for you...not sure if you would qualify for OVR (Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) but its worth a shot to look over and possibly call
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation