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Old 11-06-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Hello, everyone. I was doing some online job searching and I thought I'd pop in here to ask for advice.

I am a 22-year-old man who lives alone; I quit my last job (working at a Target) to go to a trucking program that unfortuanitely didn't pan out. now the bills are piling up and I need a job, like, yesterday.

I only have three years of work history, all retail, but I'd like to get out of it and do something different. Even the low pay of retail would be manageable if they gave me consistant 40 or near-40 hours a week, which they do not. However, I have a very strong work ethic and I will take it upon myself to do a job thoroughly and completely. I am even the kind of person who will come in on a day off if neccissary to help out the company.

Can anyone reccommend a job or field out there that will give someone intellegent, hardworking, but inexperianced a chance? I live in a relatively inexpensive area (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) and can get by on a low wage as long as I can get 40 consistent hours each week. And also it would have to be a job I can get very soon, because I am less than a month away from having no money to pay the bills.

Thanks for reading this, and I hope you have some advice for me!
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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enterprise car rental....ranked as one of the best places to work.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Bob,
Since you are 22 years old and have little work experience, my advice would be to take what you can find and then go from there. It is easier to be choosy and try to move into a preferred field of work when you already have a job. Is returning to your previous job at Target an option?

Changing careers is tough when there's only one type of experience on your resume but remember that you are still very young and have many years of work life ahead of you. Without the pressure of bills piling up, you can look around and hopefully make some contacts in the field you are interested in, then try to make a move.

If this isn't an option for you, you could try waiting tables, bartending, yard work, manufacturing plant worker, etc... Those are basic entry level jobs that I can think of off the top of my head.

Ask some friends and family if there are openings at their company also.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Factory work is consistant 40 hrs / week, but low pay too.

Better get public aid or you'll go homeless unless you move back in with parents.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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Canvas the neighborhood and meet the folks around you. Find out what they do and pick up leads. I bet you'll hear of something a lot quicker than surfing the net.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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Canvas the neighborhood and meet the folks around you. Find out what they do and pick up leads. I bet you'll hear of something a lot quicker than surfing the net.

If he did that down here in Miami, they would ignore him and feel threatened that he may go after their job. Sad but true down here.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:41 PM
 
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If he did that down here in Miami, they would ignore him and feel threatened that he may go after their job. Sad but true down here.
Well let's hope he doesn't live in a neighborhood where he might get shot
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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I'd say go back into retail and try to hang in for now (maybe get into management). With the turnover in that field, you could move up.
I think a lot of stores are happy with stable, hardworkers. Of course they pay poorly but you may be able to connect with something else by networking.

You never know who may walk in your store and be impressed with your work.

Also, think what you WANT to do and try volunteering. I know I should be volunteering instead of hanging around the house *hoping* to get a call.

Good luck..I would also like a job *like yesterday*
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Thanks for your replies, everyone. I am thinking of going to a temp agency, which will most likely put me in a manufacturing job. I had a friend who was with Kelly Services in 2006 and they put him in a book-binding factory that gave him 3 or 4 12-hour shifts a week (eight hours of overtime every other week!). This sounds like a good idea for me. Even if the pay is low, it should be sufficient to cover my bills for now as long as I do not make many unessisary purchases (which I don't). Once I've stabilised my situation I can think about maybe getting into a better field.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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You could look into apprenticeship programs, like IBEW for electricians.
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