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Can't get ANY job

Postby Jeremy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:50 am

I'm educated and able bodied, yet no one will hire me. Not even McDonald's. Despite applying to countless job postings over the past couple months, the furthest I've gotten is the second round of interviews for a barista position. Unfortunately, they hired one of the other eight candidates. It's crazy how getting a minimum wage job nowadays is like being on X-Factor.

If it weren't for my parents, I'd be licking lichen off a cave wall right now.
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Postby zacb » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:00 am

I can relate. it is even worse for me, since I have Asperger's, thus it is harder for me with simple tasks that make up many menial jobs. I have applied for ten positions, and none on any of them. Am I overqualified or something XD ? It seems like there are not many areas to save up to visit. Perhaps we should stick closer to home? ie Canada and Mexico?
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Postby djfourmoney » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:14 am

zacb wrote:I can relate. it is even worse for me, since I have Asperger's, thus it is harder for me with simple tasks that make up many menial jobs. I have applied for ten positions, and none on any of them. Am I overqualified or something XD ? It seems like there are not many areas to save up to visit. Perhaps we should stick closer to home? ie Canada and Mexico?


In Germany some companies are looking for people with certain mental issues.

That won't help you now I don't think but the solution if nobody will give you a job, give yourself one (self-employed).

Have you tried DirecTV installer? Afraid of heights, dark spaces?

Are you an expert at something?

How about becoming a DJ? Weddings pay extremely well ($700-$1500 a gig) and you can pepper that with club gigs in the off-season for weddings and to give you something to do during the week.

Equipment has never been cheaper and can be carried in a compact car -

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFlgJsBkNTc[/youtube]

Got a compact car; What about becoming a delivery driver/courier?

Is it REALLY that hard? You can come out here and pick veggies and fruit if you REALLY want too. There are also food processing plants everywhere.
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Postby HouseMD » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:26 am

Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?
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Postby Jeremy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:04 am

HouseMD wrote:Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?


Vancouver, Canada. 6'2.75", 143 lbs., white, about a 5 facially. Normal social skills.

I don't think it's a character flaw or anything like that; I was able to find full time work pretty easily before the economy collapsed.
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Postby HouseMD » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:10 am

Jeremy wrote:
HouseMD wrote:Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?


Vancouver, Canada. 6'2.75", 143 lbs., white, about a 5 facially. Normal social skills.

I don't think it's a character flaw or anything like that; I was able to find full time work pretty easily before the economy collapsed.

Is it possible that you give the impression that the jobs you are working are beneath you? Or that you don't seem genuinely interested in them as more than a stepping stone? It is also tough to get a low end job once you have an education and are "overqualified". Given the choice between the kid that has a high school diploma and no options that might stick around and the kid with some college education that will book the first time something better opens up, it just makes sense to take the former. Shit jobs aren't looking for a good employee, they are looking for lifers.
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Postby Jeremy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:35 am

HouseMD wrote:
Jeremy wrote:
HouseMD wrote:Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?


Vancouver, Canada. 6'2.75", 143 lbs., white, about a 5 facially. Normal social skills.

I don't think it's a character flaw or anything like that; I was able to find full time work pretty easily before the economy collapsed.

Is it possible that you give the impression that the jobs you are working are beneath you? Or that you don't seem genuinely interested in them as more than a stepping stone? It is also tough to get a low end job once you have an education and are "overqualified". Given the choice between the kid that has a high school diploma and no options that might stick around and the kid with some college education that will book the first time something better opens up, it just makes sense to take the former. Shit jobs aren't looking for a good employee, they are looking for lifers.


It's possible. I try to come off as genuine, but maybe I'm just not a good enough actor.

I should also mention I have landed a few of those shit jobs in the past few years. But they never lasted more than a month, and it always took a long time to find another one.
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Postby HouseMD » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:47 am

Jeremy wrote:
HouseMD wrote:
Jeremy wrote:
HouseMD wrote:Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?


Vancouver, Canada. 6'2.75", 143 lbs., white, about a 5 facially. Normal social skills.

I don't think it's a character flaw or anything like that; I was able to find full time work pretty easily before the economy collapsed.

Is it possible that you give the impression that the jobs you are working are beneath you? Or that you don't seem genuinely interested in them as more than a stepping stone? It is also tough to get a low end job once you have an education and are "overqualified". Given the choice between the kid that has a high school diploma and no options that might stick around and the kid with some college education that will book the first time something better opens up, it just makes sense to take the former. Shit jobs aren't looking for a good employee, they are looking for lifers.


It's possible. I try to come off as genuine, but maybe I'm just not a good enough actor.

I should also mention I have landed a few of those shit jobs in the past few years. But they never lasted more than a month, and it always took a long time to find another one.

Depending on how you left your prior jobs, it is also possible you have been put on an HR blacklist. A lot of retail hiring managers use them to sift out people that tend to quit explosively or without notice after short periods of employment, as past behavior is the best indicator of future performance.
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Postby Ghost » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:15 pm

I had a really shit job back in the States for close to two years. Things were poorly run, the management had a group of hostile, moronic sociopaths in it, and the place was just spirit-crushing to be there. A manager finally decided to put me on his shit list, and after harassing me over bullshit twice I just said f**k it and left. No notice, no goodbyes, no explanation. The whole time I had been trying to get a better job, but I realized I was stuck. I quit and 8 months later I came to China, where things are far superior than that shithole.

Nowadays, it doesn't matter what you do. You better know people in high places or get the f**k out of dodge. If you've got a degree, then ESL is the basic fallback plan. Self-employment is also a good idea, but live a minimalist lifestyle as you will have to build up your income.
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Postby Moretorque » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:22 pm

Jeremy wrote:
HouseMD wrote:Jeremy, what part of the country do you live in? Also, what is your height/weight/looks? Are you socially well adjusted? I am looking for your weakness. Once we find that, we can make you a stronger applicant. So be honest with us, what are your greatest weaknesses and faults?


Vancouver, Canada. 6'2.75", 143 lbs., white, about a 5 facially. Normal social skills.

I don't think it's a character flaw or anything like that; I was able to find full time work pretty easily before the economy collapsed.


I suggest you try and get a job in some kind of food service, restaurant, farm, excedra. You definitely need to eat something.
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Postby zacb » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:01 pm

djfourmoney wrote:
zacb wrote:I can relate. it is even worse for me, since I have Asperger's, thus it is harder for me with simple tasks that make up many menial jobs. I have applied for ten positions, and none on any of them. Am I overqualified or something XD ? It seems like there are not many areas to save up to visit. Perhaps we should stick closer to home? ie Canada and Mexico?


In Germany some companies are looking for people with certain mental issues.

That won't help you now I don't think but the solution if nobody will give you a job, give yourself one (self-employed).

Have you tried DirecTV installer? Afraid of heights, dark spaces?

Are you an expert at something?

How about becoming a DJ? Weddings pay extremely well ($700-$1500 a gig) and you can pepper that with club gigs in the off-season for weddings and to give you something to do during the week.

Equipment has never been cheaper and can be carried in a compact car -

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFlgJsBkNTc[/youtube]

Got a compact car; What about becoming a delivery driver/courier?

Is it REALLY that hard? You can come out here and pick veggies and fruit if you REALLY want too. There are also food processing plants everywhere.


At the moment I do not have a license (getting one today actually XD). I have tried selling on ebay, selling ebooks, among other things. Right now I am learning Java, and after that learn Android programming. I am not just sitting idly by. I am still selling on Amazon, but that has been kinda weak. But I appreciate the ideas. I have applied for like ten jobs, and none are a go. Oh well. I will keep trudging. Thanks for the ideas! I am not against working or anything like that, just need to find my niche.
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Postby TruthOrConsequences » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:02 pm

Yeah dude. I'm in the same situation as you.

I'm a male in mid 20's, able-bodied, fit and somewhat educated, yet no one wants to hire me. I've been job searching on and off for the past 5 months. I've been applying for general labor, minimum wage type jobs and for every 20 applications or so I may get like 2 phone calls/invitations to an interview. For every 5-6 interviews I'm lucky if I get that second phone call. And these are piece of shit 8$ in hour cleaning and labor jobs and shit. Like.... Really?!

I think one of the main problems is that most HR managers and recruiters are middle aged Caucasian women, which are very jaded and cynical. Any little thing raises a red flag for them like employment gaps or inconsistent work history. Then pretty much every single job out there expects you to have experience in that same field, which is a catch 22 in itself. And then I guess you're 'supposed' to stay in that same field for the rest of your life.

Big problem number 2 is that most Americans have a lot of relatives and extended family, in-laws and shit. So in most cases people just want to hire their inbred relatives over anybody else... Especially if it's a small business type of place... Locally owned and oriented, you know...

So yeah it's just mainly people being assholes or way too nitpicky about whom they would want to hire..
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Postby Moretorque » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:42 pm

The economy is contracting not growing, we add about 150,000 people a month to the labor force so if the pie is shrinking and we are adding more people to the work force, well ?............. with lower paying jobs being created as well.

The great Henry Kissinger once said " you will be grateful when the UN steps in to restore order in America" we are reaching that point.

Probably the best thing at this point would be to target all cities and metropolitan areas world wide with ICBM's and just start over.
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Re: Can't get ANY job

Postby Rock » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:49 pm

Jeremy wrote:I'm educated and able bodied, yet no one will hire me. Not even McDonald's. Despite applying to countless job postings over the past couple months, the furthest I've gotten is the second round of interviews for a barista position. Unfortunately, they hired one of the other eight candidates. It's crazy how getting a minimum wage job nowadays is like being on X-Factor.

If it weren't for my parents, I'd be licking lichen off a cave wall right now.


I wouldn't hire YOU either lol. If you were in their shoes, you would probably not hire a clone of yourself as well.
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