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Old 06-11-2013, 05:04 PM
Location: PHL
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Originally Posted by Waisenkind View Post
I got a job as a dishwasher in a local chain. They gave me 28 hours a week at $8.25/hour.

I had sent in at least 50 or so applications all in person to everything from McDonald's to gas stations over a period of 2 weeks.
They sent me an e-mail that went to my spam folder that I luckily happened to see even though I always delete all spam without looking.

I am 25, male, fresh law grad from India, in the US preparing for the 2014 bar exams. I have no work experience outside of internships in law firms which I didn't bother mentioning on my applications anyway.

The hiring manager said his sister is preparing for the NY state bar exam, too. I am guessing that's how I scored.

From what I see, most of the entry-level jobs are first offered to family and friends of those who are already working them. Even if it means the person being hired is far less efficient than the average Joe who applies for the job.

I applied at a Dunkin' Donuts outlet that had the 'Help Wanted' sign. When I called, the manager said I should see the cashier. She was absolutely uninterested right from the beginning and she was asking me questions merely as a formality. She could barely speak English and I think she couldn't read and write too well either as she had trouble putting my details down on the application.

A week later when I went in, I noticed they had hired people who couldn't speak English, too. They were messing up orders and yelling at each other the whole time. Same with the gas stations.

Oh well, I guess if you apply to enough places, somebody will eventually take pity and give you a job. Just be glad you got something when you do get one.

In a decade, I am guessing there won't be any of these jobs left to do. Easy upward mobility will soon become a thing of the past in the US.
I'm not entirely too sure why Dunkin Donuts would have a help wanted sign posted. Roughly 90% of the ones which I have been to, I'm a Dunkin' junky BTW, they are almost ALWAYS family control or families working there as the majority of the workers there.
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