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Ely BS: Job search woes (39) Job search woes 20 Apr 01


I hate to be a whiny brat but . . .

How on earth does one go about getting one's first job?

I graduated from college in December and I'm turning into a bored suburban housewife--walking the dog, cleaning, running errands--trying to earn my keep in my parents' house. My parents are being very understanding but I obviously can't stay here forever.

Every place I look wants "absolutely three years experience". How do you get experience if nobody will hire you without it?! I'm smart enough to learn a job, a good worker, and reliable if somebody would just give me a shot. So far, I'm apparently not qualified for Kinko's, Office Depot, and the receptionists' desk at the vet's office. Every time I ask if they are calling for interviews yet, I get, "Uh, you'd have to talk to the business manager, and I don't know where he is. Come back tomorrow."

The only offer I've gotten paid $6.75/hr for 20 hours a week, no benefits, and was a 40-minute drive (each way) through the worst of Houston traffic--my mindless dishwashing job in the college dining hall paid better and I could have gotten more hours. I couldn't afford it--I have to pay my own health insurance starting in July and somehow I need to start saving for a car so my dad can have his back.

Any tips for a (don't laugh) history major who lives in a largely residential (read: few jobs) suburb?




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