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What can I do? - January 17th 2017, 07:04 AM

This year 2017, will be my fourth year without a job. I've had shitty luck with jobs. Must be from that mirror that I accidentally smashed. 7 years of shitty back luck plastered to my forehead.

My first traineeship was back in 2012, and it was for an accounting firm. They told me that they'll give me a certificate II in Accounting which I was happy to learn and do whatever. Instead I folded their letters, walked with heaps of letters to the post office, cleaned after them, cleaned the toilets (how is that accounting), answered their phone calls/emails, pretty much everything that was not Accounting. About 2 months later, they sent me a letter saying that I didn't do enough to convince them that they should give me a certificate but idk man, I never got taught anything. I got paid for this though, a mere $7.50 per hour.

Second job is when I left school, I was a barista. Cool rad job. Never got paid for 3 months. They owed me heaps of money. When I quit, it wasn't the boss's money that paid me. It was a customer who overheard the conversation. Who does that?

Third and last recent ish job - at a petstore. I ADORED this job. Always turned up 15 minutes early to play with the puppies and kittens. Always did what I was asked. What I sold, is what I got in commission. I was only there for a month. On the 31st of October 2013, they told me that they're firing me for 3 reasons:
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2. I yelled at the customer
3. I never did what I was asked
It was all bullshit.

That was the last time I had a job. Last year 2016, I applied for over 8000 jobs and 7500 rejected me. I work as a side job making resumes and CV's for other people. I volunteer my time every week and when I'm able to. I attend job fairs, etc. Studying isn't a possibility for me as I have no source of income.

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Re: What can I do? - January 17th 2017, 01:24 PM

Hey Delwen,

I am so sorry that you are having bad luck with jobs. I think that maybe you should keep applying for jobs and do volunteer work. Maybe you can volunteer to read to kids at the library or you could maybe apply to work at a daycare if you love kids. I would also try and volunteer at maybe a shelter that way you get to work with the animals. I know it's not much but if you volunteer they might see that your dedicated and maybe give you a job.

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Re: What can I do? - January 17th 2017, 01:40 PM

Sorry to hear that you've had such bad luck with getting a job! Hopefully the curse of bad luck will run out soon!

Would you be willing to apply for another traineeship? Even though some are notorious for not training trainees, at least it will be a way that you can make some money and perhaps if things go well, you can get a job afterwards. A barista also sounds like a good job, though I am really shocked to hear that a customer paid you after overhearing the conversation- that's terrible! Totally understand why you quit there! Really sorry to hear you got fired at the pet store though...any possibility of going back there?

Volunteering and having a side job is a good start. Wondering how you would feel about tutoring? I'm not sure what if there are any specifications in place where you are, but here in the UK, you don't need to be a teacher to tutor. You could tutor in helping others with their cvs, resumes, personal statements as well. Daycare and babysitting is another option if you get on well with children. Or pet sitting/dog walking for that matter.

If you don't mind travelling and working, you could look into becoming a travel/holiday representative. If you can save some money aside you could pay for a teaching English as a foreign language course and get paid to teach abroad.

Do you know why you've been rejected for so many jobs? Are you able to get feedback? It would be good if you could because then you'd have something to reflect and work on to improve your chances.


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Re: What can I do? - January 20th 2017, 05:18 AM

Hey Frankie! I've been applying for so much jobs, it's getting frustrating. I do already volunteer at my local RSPCA. Do it every Friday or when they need me. I've applied for so much volunteer positions at the library, hospitals and old age homes but nothing has come back positive.

Celyn! It's quite hard to get a traineeship here, some places are picky with people and some are really harsh to people with disabilities. I babysit a lot but it's hard. I always ask for feedbacks as in why people are not wanting to employ me and they all say the same thing. My resume/CV is impressive but they aren't impressed with what my referees has to say about me. When I ask them what they've said, they don't answer my questions.


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Re: What can I do? - January 22nd 2017, 10:37 AM

Real shame to hear that traineeships are hard to get, though they shouldn't discriminate against you if you have a disability.

It's good that you always ask for feedback, though sorry to hear your referees haven't been helpful when giving references. I'm wondering how you go about choosing your referees and how you approach them asking for a reference? I've not done this yet, personally, but if I were then I would perhaps email the potential referee and ask if they would mind given a reference and give a little information on yourself and the duties/responsibilities that you took on and the work that you did while there. This might give the referee something to go on, which might help a bit.


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