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Is it totally impossible to get a full-time job anymore?

post #1 of 11
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I've been waiting tables for almost a year now (since I'm finding it totally impossible to find a job to actually use my degree). I've been trying to find something more stable, where I get paid for my hours and I'm not dependent on the whim of strangers for my livelihood. But everything I find only offers part-time. I got a call from Target today and the lady said the max hours the associates usually get is 20 hours. I am the only support for my family. I can't pay the bills on 20 hours a week. And I don't want to try and juggle the hours from two jobs around my class schedule.

This seems to be the policy no matter where I apply. Walmart, Target, Lowe's, Family Dollar, all the retail places offer only part-time. Is it cheaper to hire two part-timers than one full-timers? I thought it was because they don't have to give them benefits, but a lot of them offer benefits for part-timers too. I don't get it. It's making it impossible for me to do anything but continue to grovel for tips from idiots.
post #2 of 11
Look for jobs as administrative support or admin assistant. Decent base pay, alot of times there are benefits and having a college degree makes you more attractive to the employers. If you think you don't have the right kind of experience, try organizing your resume as a functional resume. Then you can list your organizational, research, writing, and time management skills you probably learned in school.
post #3 of 11
Why with a college degree are you even looking at discount retailers for a job on their floor? (IE not behind the scenes, but actually as a minimum wage "sales associate")

They won't generally hire you b/c you are over qualified with a college degree. I've never had a call when I tried to get a job at McDs or WM.

From a business perspective - what they do is only hire part-time in order to not have to pay benefits, it's a bottom line thing. It isn't fair and it isn't right IMO, but that is what they do.

By accepting jobs that won't pay benefits, you are telling them they can do it. If every worker in these places quit without benefits, they would be forced to either give benefits or they would hire illegals and face federal law.

Problem is no one can afford not to work. It is a Catch 22.

US corporation can't compete profit wise with Europe b/c in UK for example insurance is through the Country not the Company. Something the president I believe is intending on trying to fix.

The longer you go without a job in your field the harder it is going to be - this is my experience.
post #4 of 11
When I first got out of college I made the same mistake--applying for jobs I was over-qualified for. I never got anything and temped for a year. Aim higher. A lot higher. OTOH, temping might be good for you--the placement I had was full time and the pay was certainly better than retail.
post #5 of 11
I did temping as well, although because I was looking for part time. I found an admin assistant job not because of my office experience (which was minimal) but because I had a degree and career goals that aligned with the companies projects. After meeting them I ended up getting the job on my sheer enthusiasm for the projects they were doing. I also wound up working on grant support and writing which was a bonus for gaining skills for me.
Just beware, all temp agencies are NOT the same.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Electra375 View Post
Why with a college degree are you even looking at discount retailers for a job on their floor? (IE not behind the scenes, but actually as a minimum wage "sales associate")
Because I'm considered underqualified for everything else. I have an AAS. Every job I've seen requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. I've applied for a bunch of administrative assistant, HR, receptionist, data entry, and other jobs. I've tried applying to jobs that require a Bachelor's and emphasizing that I'll have it by the end of the year and my experience. No dice. I've tried everything I can think of. I've applied for upwards of 100 jobs in the past year. Half of them won't hire me because I'm overqualified. The other half won't hire me because I don't have a Bachelor's degree. Either way, I'm waiting tables.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Electra375 View Post
They won't generally hire you b/c you are over qualified with a college degree. I've never had a call when I tried to get a job at McDs or WM.

From a business perspective - what they do is only hire part-time in order to not have to pay benefits,
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: I did hiring for McDs for a long time. I used to hire people that were displaced workers but they leave just as quickly as they come. I understand their need for income, but you also have to understand the company's need for employees that stick around!

Also, I was only considered "full time" when I was a manager at McD. Even though I have always worked FT hours.

So when these places call and offer you PT ask what the hours are. Plus, you're going to have to get in there and prove that you can do FT hours, they aren't going to put a major part of their labour payroll on a new hire that may or may not be good/ come to work. KWIM? Yeah, you're not getting any benefits, but you have to take things one step at a time. I see friends and family getting laid off left and right. I am very grateful for my job right now! (but I understand your frustration)

The most money I have ever made was bartending. I would stick with the waitress gig. Exp if you are going to school.
post #8 of 11

Despite my master's degree, I haven't had a full-time job. It makes me wish that I had more than 2 kids. If a college degree does not guarantee a full-time job then I don't see why I limited the number of kids to 2 to get them into college. The most important thing is not to limit the number of kids for college but rather to have as many as you can and to enjoy them today!

post #9 of 11

I forgot to add I haven't had a full-time job for 13 years!

post #10 of 11

Good luck on the job search.  Meanwhile, try this:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/let-their-words-do-the-talking/201207/six-tips-get-higher-tips

post #11 of 11

OK. Thanks for the attempt.

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