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Originally posted by traphouse
Originally posted by silent thunder
Originally posted by zorgon
One thing that is really different in this economy that makes a HUGE difference in getting jobs...
Things are so bad right now here's how it goes. Burger King gets one cash register opening and they put up an online ad. They get 4,652 applications in their email "inbox," all of which they delete. They get 549 paper applications, 90% of which they randomly toss in the trash. They then go through the 50 or so remaining paper-and-stamp apps and either choose the people with the Ivy League educations to come in for a face-to-face, or they simply call up their cousin and ask if his daughter is still looking for a job because one just opened up.
LOL. That's the funniest thing i've heard all day.
Originally posted by traphouse
Well, I'm a long time reader on ATS and this is my first post. This one in particular got to me and caught my attention. I'm 22 and I know what it's like to be broke and unemployed and feel like a piece of worthless # in the process in this cold world.
The only advice I can give if you want to work on your own time and make good money is by playing poker.
I have built up enough skill and experience to see a nice steady profit.. (averaging about $2800 a month.) I taught myself until i got better and better. (I didn't read any books or anything) Since I was laid off a year ago, I figured I would give poker my undivided attention and so far it hasn't let me down. If anyone is interested in getting in on the poker scene and needs lessons, just shoot me an email. I'm on the computer almost everyday
Hey, how are you doing? I was wondering if you could help me with poker? You mentioned under the "The Dead End Kids" thread that you could help? Please, email me: email@example.com
Originally posted by mattifikation
Regarding the Wal-Mart thing, the job itself might not be hard but a lot of the older folks who shop there are genuinely grateful when you can help them out. Helping people, even if it's just helping them pick out a computer or find their grandson's favorite CD, is actually personally rewarding.
I worked there for 5 years. I hated it by the end, but I wouldn't call it a "dead-end" job. You do have to be a certain type of person to move up... a good leader, you have to have great people skills, and you have to be able to work under stress (holidays are killer.) But if you do, the managers there make a ton of money. (I lacked the people skills, and in the end I just couldn't fake it anymore.)
Anyways, the point that I'm vaguely getting at is that even the most "lowly" jobs can give you reasons to be proud. You just have to do the job and figure out what it is. Frankly, I think simply being self-sustaining and not getting stuck in the welfare system is something to be proud of.
I'm 27. I just got hired at a gas station and my first day is tomorrow. I'm proud because I'm not mooching off my parents and I'm willing to work, despite the easier route of welfare being an option. Some young people need to swallow their pride and take the crappy jobs, and if it really bothers them then they should shoot for management positions.
Originally posted by xenchan`
jobs have been bad here in Oregon for all ages i see people with family's on the street holding signs bagging for money heck at my nearest McDonald's its all older people 50+ ive seen young adults walk in and ask for for work and be turned down even trying to get resumes and they get told sorry its bad ware we live we moved to a cheaper area to live but theirs no work all taken by people who have lived there all of there life's
Originally posted by useless eaters
reply to post by loam
I agree, how totally sad. To work and provide a living for yourself goes hand in hand with self respect. To loose self respect at such a young age has powerful implications. Nice thread!
Originally posted by sisgood
I'm seeing a different group of kids than I saw 10 years ago. These kids today are beginning to realize that, no, it won't be "out there" for them when they finish growing up. It's a different world today and only growing more alien. I also think the younger adults of today 19-35 are getting a rude awakening themselves. (I'm in that age group) Jobs are drying up rapidly. I was unlucky enough to be one of the millions that has been laid off. It's tough.
Originally posted by gluetrap
I am 29 so somewhat older than the ages in this study, but I still consider myself a young american.
I had been running a small business from home but with the economy the way it is my product just doesn't do well.
So i have been looking and looking for a job. After months of only getting calls back about things like door to door vacuum sales and selling medical discount plans to seniors I finally found a job at a local cafe.
I am getting drinks, being a cashier and doing whatever else needs to be done to run the place.
I am college educated but was still glad to find this 7.50 an hour job because it is a job quite frankly.
They have had a now hiring sign up for two weeks, and many people have come in to apply, but they show up looking a mess, not wanting to work weekends, or wanting 10+ an hour to start, or they show up to a lunch restaurant in the middle of the rush and want an interview
Out of over a hundred application there were maybe one or two people who were actually appealing as a new hire.
The problem is two fold in my opinion, there are very few jobs, but it truly seems that the people just a few years younger than me have no clue how to present themselves to a prospective employer.
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