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Old 02-19-2013, 12:15 AM
 
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So basically I live with my mom and never had a job before. I never did an interview in my life either. I tried filling out applications for fast food places, grocery stores, retail, back in my early 20's but nothing ever came of it. I got depressed and angry with myself that I just let myself become a basement loser for a few years playing video games all night and sleeping all day.

Now, my mom is in financial trouble and has asked me to get a job to help and to contribute to society, but I feel at this point I could be unemployable. What would an employer even say to me if he knows I never had a job at age 26? Would I even have a slight chance of getting an interview?

 
Old 02-19-2013, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Default Keep on trying.

All I could tell you is...don't give up.

Keep on applying. You might hear from some employer who is willing to hire someone who has "no experience".

I managed to get some part-time job with some employer who was probably really desperate to hire some people...OK, the pay was close to minimum wage. But, I got the valuable experience. When I applied to other jobs, I had something to put down under "work history"...
 
Old 02-19-2013, 01:02 AM
 
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So basically I live with my mom and never had a job before. I never did an interview in my life either. I tried filling out applications for fast food places, grocery stores, retail, back in my early 20's but nothing ever came of it. I got depressed and angry with myself that I just let myself become a basement loser for a few years playing video games all night and sleeping all day.

Now, my mom is in financial trouble and has asked me to get a job to help and to contribute to society, but I feel at this point I could be unemployable. What would an employer even say to me if he knows I never had a job at age 26? Would I even have a slight chance of getting an interview?
First of all I think you have to examine your options.

1. Stay unemployed and a basement loser and play video games all day and let your mom go under and don't worry about anything. In no time you can be saying you're 29 or 34 or 36 and never been employed.

2. Get a job and start doing something with your life.

If you don't see #1 as an acceptable option, then you have to go with #2. Since filling out applications hasn't worked yet for you, you need a new approach. Since you have no job history, you'll have to start at the bottom most likely. Don't just fill out applications, make more of an effort, go into a restaurant and ask to speak to the manager and ask if they are hiring busers or dishwashers or if they will be hiring and tell them you've filled out an application. Or do this at a store or anywhere you are filling applications. Make sure you present yourself well.

Or look around at other kinds of work you haven't considered before. Lawn mowing, yard clean up, housecleaning, car washes -- there are jobs that don't require much experience of any kind. 26 isn't too late but it's getting closer to the point where it could be too late.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 01:27 AM
 
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I don't understand how someone can't have a job by 26 years old. Your just didn't try that hard when you were younger and gave up for awhile and now you actually need a job. What do people do from the age of 18 to 26?

Or your parents thought it was okay to let you live with them and not pay anything even up to the age of 26. They did a HUGE disservice to you. You are way behind. Do as others have said and try to go for the jobs with no experience...mowing lawns, car washes anything at this point.

In 4 years you will be 30 without ever working at a real job in your entire life. Pathetic truthfully if it comes to that.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 04:07 AM
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Do you have anything that'd prevent you from joining the military? If not, I'd get my butt down to the recruiting office and sign up, pronto. No experience needed. And when you've got your first tour in, you have the option of staying on in the military, or getting yourself an education with the government's help.

Just a suggestion.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 04:22 AM
 
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So basically I live with my mom and never had a job before. I never did an interview in my life either. I tried filling out applications for fast food places, grocery stores, retail, back in my early 20's but nothing ever came of it. I got depressed and angry with myself that I just let myself become a basement loser for a few years playing video games all night and sleeping all day.

Now, my mom is in financial trouble and has asked me to get a job to help and to contribute to society, but I feel at this point I could be unemployable. What would an employer even say to me if he knows I never had a job at age 26? Would I even have a slight chance of getting an interview?
Just keep doing what you're doing.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 04:57 AM
 
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I am sure that there are some options if you look hard enough. One idea might be to find a job that you can do online over the internet. Another idea would be to look for a job in construction the way undocumented workers do. Also don't you have any friends or acquaintances that can put in a good word for you somewhere to get you some kind of job that doesn't need any prior experience?
 
Old 02-19-2013, 05:10 AM
 
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Do you have anything that'd prevent you from joining the military? If not, I'd get my butt down to the recruiting office and sign up, pronto. No experience needed. And when you've got your first tour in, you have the option of staying on in the military, or getting yourself an education with the government's help.

Just a suggestion.
That's what I did . Seriously, other than babysitting jobs, I had a couple offers for part-time but parents wanted me to concentrate on school. So out of high school into college and looking around even tried a local temp agency and get this, they wanted me to have prior experience! A temp agency. So, I said heck with that and joined the Navy. My Mom was seriously bummed out. It worked out alright. No worse for wear. Ended up getting a federal job and 31 years away, now looking forward to retirement.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 05:17 AM
 
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Are you any good at video games? Maybe you could enter those gaming tournaments. The military sounds like a wicked awesome option as well.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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I'm 26 and I've had a job since I was 15. So no, I cant comprehend how this could happen.
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