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Old 01-23-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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You say you have a good resume.

I've never met someone who wasn't at least in a Master's program that had a well designed resume before they got help with it.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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The office temping suggestion is a really good one. It helps get you actual office experience, for one, and for two, you never know when you'll make valuable connections. I have several friends who got permanently hired as a result of temping at different companies. The temp assignments can be a week or they can be months -- and the pay usually is pretty good, especially for age 20 with (I'm assuming) no college degree. I'd start there.

Have you tried connecting with recruiters, such as Robert Half and the like?

What about friends and family with full-time jobs? Any connections there? "Knowing someone" doesn't guarantee you a job, but it can at least help you get a foot in the door.

Beyond that, start sending tons of applications to all types of retail/call center positions. 30+ applications in 2 months is about 1 application every other day, which is a decent volume, but could and should be a lot higher.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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Get a CDL? Construction?

Apply to way more than 30 jobs over a two month period. Landing a retail job is a numbers game. In two months you should be able to put out over 250 applications if you only do 4/day.
the number of applications also depends on the number of jobs available which varies around the country
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:22 AM
 
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I've been looking for menial jobs for years with no luck. It doesn't matter how many applicaitons I fill out I just never get a call. When I call them I get brushed off or scoffed at. I get close sometimes as far as interviews, and that's it. They promise to let me know and don't. Things have just radically changed since 2008. No common courtesy. No respect. No understanding. Limited jobs to apply for. It's damaged me mentally and psychologically.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:48 PM
 
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I've been looking for menial jobs for years with no luck. It doesn't matter how many applicaitons I fill out I just never get a call. When I call them I get brushed off or scoffed at. I get close sometimes as far as interviews, and that's it. They promise to let me know and don't. Things have just radically changed since 2008. No common courtesy. No respect. No understanding. Limited jobs to apply for. It's damaged me mentally and psychologically.
I am sure it is.

I remember when I was looking a friend and myself would check the obituaries.......

BTW....applications....spelling counts when looking.......
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: GA
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You seem to have disqualified yourself from anything other than a narrow field of retail but what about waiting tables? What about learning how to bartend? There are probably you tube videos on that, prepare for when you are 21. What about sales for like a cell phone company? Young people can make some money doing that, I've met a few.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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I'm 20, and due to my lack of skills and experience, I am only qualified for retail/customer service jobs. My last job was in November working in a retail store, and it was a seasonal position, but after 3 weeks I was informed that I was no longer needed, and since then I've been unemployed again. It's been about 2 months, I've applied to about 30+ positions, and attended 2 open houses, and still haven't received a single call back, It's really discouraging. Since I'm only qualified for retail my options are quite limited, and believe me, I have experience, I have a good resume, I dress presentably, yet I'm still not getting any calls back for interviews. I'm growing discouraged, but I won't lose hope because I know I need a job and I'm determined to find one. I just feel like I don't know the right approach anymore? I'm just not getting contacted for interviews despite applying to so many stores, and I feel like I could be out there working and having a job, but instead I'm forced to sit home and waste away unemployed, and feeling useless? There has to be more to life than this, I'm sure? I want a job, I'm ready to work, I'm ready to offer my skills to someone, but nobody is willing to hire me, so instead I'm stuck in this position and it totally sucks.
Here's something crazy that I learned when I was about your age. It is possible to over-dress for some of these unskilled jobs. I showed up for a group interview for package handlers at the local UPS office and I was, in my shirt, tie, and dress pants, BY FAR the most dressed-up dude there. Half of the guys at the interviewing session looked like they'd just come from the local homeless shelter. When the manager was talking about some of the quirks of the job, he looked straight at me most of the time as though to say "you probably want something better than this".

So make sure that you look the part. If you want to find something, you might want to look outside the retail box. There is plenty of opportunity for someone who wants a job and doesn't care what he's paid or if he's full time.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:16 PM
 
Location: SC
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Go back to those who did not hire you (actually writing is better) and tell those that you interviewed with that you are having a hard time finding a job and in as friendly, respectfully, and politely as possible ask for a one sentence feedback as to what they thought you were laking.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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I'm 20, and due to my lack of skills and experience, I am only qualified for retail/customer service jobs. My last job was in November working in a retail store, and it was a seasonal position, but after 3 weeks I was informed that I was no longer needed, and since then I've been unemployed again. It's been about 2 months, I've applied to about 30+ positions, and attended 2 open houses, and still haven't received a single call back, It's really discouraging. Since I'm only qualified for retail my options are quite limited, and believe me, I have experience, I have a good resume, I dress presentably, yet I'm still not getting any calls back for interviews. I'm growing discouraged, but I won't lose hope because I know I need a job and I'm determined to find one. I just feel like I don't know the right approach anymore? I'm just not getting contacted for interviews despite applying to so many stores, and I feel like I could be out there working and having a job, but instead I'm forced to sit home and waste away unemployed, and feeling useless? There has to be more to life than this, I'm sure? I want a job, I'm ready to work, I'm ready to offer my skills to someone, but nobody is willing to hire me, so instead I'm stuck in this position and it totally sucks.
You describe your lack of experience and lack of skills, but then say you have experience and skills.....!!

You're young, obviously literate, so why all this about being restricted to retail? Retail is a dead end. I recommend you take an entry level job or job training with a future. Police, skilled trades, job skills that can be used to start a small business. I regret that I didn't start a small business in my youth. But the right one--not a likely loser like a restaurant. Public employment pays well and has good retirement/medical benefits, and often fairly early retirement.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I'm 20, and due to my lack of skills and experience, I am only qualified for retail/customer service jobs. My last job was in November working in a retail store, and it was a seasonal position, but after 3 weeks I was informed that I was no longer needed, and since then I've been unemployed again. It's been about 2 months, I've applied to about 30+ positions, and attended 2 open houses, and still haven't received a single call back, It's really discouraging. Since I'm only qualified for retail my options are quite limited, and believe me, I have experience, I have a good resume, I dress presentably, yet I'm still not getting any calls back for interviews. I'm growing discouraged, but I won't lose hope because I know I need a job and I'm determined to find one. I just feel like I don't know the right approach anymore? I'm just not getting contacted for interviews despite applying to so many stores, and I feel like I could be out there working and having a job, but instead I'm forced to sit home and waste away unemployed, and feeling useless? There has to be more to life than this, I'm sure? I want a job, I'm ready to work, I'm ready to offer my skills to someone, but nobody is willing to hire me, so instead I'm stuck in this position and it totally sucks.
Get an education, get an apprenticeship, join the military. This is how you help prevent dead end jobs.
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