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Since: 2.1.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.45
Hey...

Following my recent trends of threads - once again this focuses on work.

After quitting my previous job about 3 months ago in an attempt to work for myself, I'm not making as much as I had first anticipated. I'm short a few hundred monthly vs. my guesstimates.

I'm going to be looking to apply for work locally, part time, doing student type jobs. (Stocking groceries or whatever).

I have never done this type of job in my life. My resume has a lot of customer service type roles, but much of it is in offices, behind a desk, on the phones, and as high as management.

So, obviously, I set one foot into a Tim Horton's and say "Time To Make The Donuts!", they'll quickly remind me this is not a Dunkin' Donuts, and proceed to ask why in the hell I'd want to work 20 hours a week for min wage when my resume screams otherwise.

Honestly, my answer would be "because I need a couple extra bucks to keep paying the rent and living the comfortable life I've grown accustomed to while running my own business", but I know that's probably not gonna fly with any potential employer.

Help me out!

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Since: 26.11.04
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In that case I'd highly recommend a temp agency and avoid the interview process entirely, especially if you're not planning on doing that long-term.
Oliver
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Since: 20.6.02
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Just tell them that you're just looking for a change of pace. A lot of older (not to assume you're old, mind you) take jobs at Timmy's or other locations like that to bring in some extra funds, or because they need a break from what they're doing.

Can I recommend working in the security industry? That may interest you.

Oh, and Kingleo's right: Temp agencies are awesome for that, but you may be hard pressed to find four hour part time shifts.

(edited by Oliver on 7.1.07 1406)


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Since: 8.10.03
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Or could you say: "I am a responsible individual who takes care of myself. This job provides me with the opportunity to do just that." or something like that. ANd I don't think you are required to overdo your work history.



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kingleo
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Since: 26.11.04
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The nice part about working through a temp agency is that you can pick your hours. Depending on the work they have available, you can sometimes even call them up and have work within a few minutes. A regular part-time job probably wouldn't give you the flexibilily you'd want running your own business. They also seem to pay slightly higher wages than the average bagger/checker type job. They also tend to pay weekly rather than biweekly which is nice as well.
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Since: 7.2.02
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Personally, my one experience with a temp agency was not a positive one - so I'd be hesitant to recommend that route. I worked some very miserable jobs that really were not worth the money I was making.

When I was working retail in high school and early college, it was not uncommon to work along side someone who wanted a few extra bucks, who had just hit some financial troubles (divorce, lay-off, etc) and who was working a part-time job to help his or her finances.

I don't think it's as uncommon as you might think for people in your situation to look for additional part time work. In Santa Barbara, it's pretty common for professional people to have a second job to make ends meet - the cost of living here is insanely high.

They only hurdle you might have to overcome is a manager's concern that you'll bail the moment your business turns around - and that might happen in two months. As long as you emphasize that you'll be needing to do this for a while (whether or not that's true),






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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Personally, my one experience with a temp agency was not a positive one - so I'd be hesitant to recommend that route. I worked some very miserable jobs that really were not worth the money I was making.
Not all temp agencies are the same, though. I've worked for one that was a terrible joke and was borderline illegal, and there were a few that treated me like royalty. It's just a matter of finding what works.

The common misconception with temp agencies is that they will find work for you. THat is true, but the ebst thing to do is to call them and inquire. Call and call again. Call them and make sure you're always on their list of people to offer shifts to. Its amazing how many people get that backwards sometimes.



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Since: 2.1.02
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If you're going to do the part time thing for extra money, and you recognize that you'll be working below your accomplishment level, try to find something that you'll enjoy. One Christmas season, I picked up a part time job at a Sports store, one that specializes in "fan apparel", as opposed to sporting goods. While the pay wasn't the greatest, the working conditions were a blast, since I was generally selling to fans like me.
Shem the Penman
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Since: 16.1.02
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I've put in my time in Target stockrooms, even though I have three degrees and a great deal of work experience in jobs that involve doing tasks other than schlepping forty-pound bags of dog food down ladders. Being overeducated has never come up in the interviews I've had. I show up on time, do what I'm told, and stay around until quitting time -- that's all the managers really seem to care about.



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