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RHU skull 2From: Finder Queen

Ok guys been quite some time since I posted I know. However I recently find myself without employment. I'll post the stories another date because the reason is so damned silly to lose a job over.

That being said i find myself needing to find a job ASAP. My lease is about to end, just put a deposit down for my new apartment then boom fired. So I need ideas on how to brush up my resume, job industries to apply for.

I can do cashiering, sales floor, customer services, security, jewelry, and other things related to those. I just need something NOW so I can not worry about paying my rent for my new place and not end up homeless.

--Finder Queen


From: Ilia

For handling interview questions, visit this link: Common And Unusual Job Interview Questions And Their Answers

For brushing up your resume, we have: Resume Advice For Finding A Better Job

There are also job search websites you can use.

Jason skull hug is one of the best.

I will warn you: for the love of Thrognar, unless you want to sell insurance door to do, stay AWAY from or yahoo hot jobs!

I made a profile saying that I was looking for medical administrative job only. I was then was solicited once a week by companies who wanted me to sell insurance door-to-door for them. In order to do so, you first had to take a $1,500 class to learn how, and IF (I cannot emphasis the "If" enough) they decided you were worthy of hiring, they would waive the cost of the class.

Otherwise you still had no job and were in debt for the $1,500.

They kept promising me that it would be soooo easy to become a manager if I did a good job, and how MUCH money I could potentially make. They kept trying to sweep the cost of the class under the rug and downplay it, and when I told them that unless they had a job in my field, that they were wasting my time, they got sulky.

I was wise enough not to take the bait, but in the end, the "insurance company" was the ONLY contact I ever got using those sites.

RHU, if you have any further advice, please share it!





For retail, I'd do the "physically go to the mall and walk around filling out paper applications" thing. Pick a time it's likely to be slow, so the manager on duty might have time to talk to you for a minute. If you have a laptop, bring it with you so you can go to the food court and fill in the applications that are only online for stores you've visited in person, then let them know you just submitted them. For restaurant work, go between 3 and 5:00pm to have a shot of talking to a manager.

What worked for me longer-term was temp agencies- it helped me switch to office work which is a bit more stable long-term, I eventually got hired permanently by one of the places I temped. Find a few in your area, sign up with them and check in at least once a week so they know you're available and eager. They should assign you a "recruiter" contact, so that's the person to get in touch with- phone is usually good for this, but follow their lead. Make a skills-based resume that lists what you can do at the top (Manage multi-line phone systems, provide great customer service, juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced environment, etc.), and brief descriptions of your relevant work (like in a typical resume) at the bottom, and translate into the right jargon for the industry you want (I translated "customer" into "client" for example, when I was trying to switch from service industry into office work.)

Temp agencies can also help with extra money if you can do brief assignments around your other work- give them your schedule and say when you're available for extra work. I once did a couple overnight data-entry assignments that went from 10pm-4am or so because it had to be done when the business' network was down, and that couldn't be during the work day. It was a pain, but it was only a few days, and made me a little extra cash.

Good luck, and don't get discouraged. Job hunting sucks, but you can handle the service industry= you can handle anything.


Oh- and always have a few questions prepared for the end of the interview. When they ask if you have any questions, "no" is the wrong answer. Something like "How would you describe the work culture here?" is good, or even better follow up on something they mentioned during the interview, and ask for more information about that item.

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