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Night jobs?

A friend suggested I apply for overnight shifts, with the idea being that fewer people would be clamoring for them.

1. Is there any truth to that?
2. What sort of overnight jobs could someone with only a BA in English be qualified for?

How many lines of work?

I answered a survey from the Consumer Reports website, and they wanted to know at the end "How many lines of work have you had since age 21?"  I thought this was unrelated to buying consumer products, but what the heck?  I answered the question.  It prompted me to make a list.  So here it is.
First of all, when they said "lines of work," they meant being an accountant, or administrative assistant, or auto mechanic, regardless of who the employer was.  They were not referring to the industry that a person worked in, or a specific job title.  (Some of my administrative assistant jobs had titles like "Keyboard Specialist" or "Secretary.")

-- locker room & pool attendant (at the pool run by my local government)
-- voter registration & vote-counting clerk (at my board of elections)
-- administrative assistant (at about 6 offices over the years)
-- sales assistant (at 2 stores in a shopping mall)
-- personal & financial organizer (for a client who was disorganized)
-- library page/aide (at my college library, then at 2 public libraries)
-- formality clerk (at a government office)
-- statistical & research assistant (at my graduate school)
-- data entry clerk (at about 4 offices over the years)
-- customer service agent (not sure how many places)
-- census taker (at a different government office)
-- warehouse sorter (at the headquarters of a non-profit thrift store)
-- English tutor (at home)

This includes jobs in the Midwest, East Coast, South, and Washington DC region.  (Although some people like to think that Washington DC is part of the South, I disagree.)
I'd like to think all this diversity and flexibility makes me fit for ANY job in the future.  There are skills in here that would take me hours to explain!  Each time I tried something new, I had no idea what I'd learn, or what else might happen...it was an adventure.  How many employers right now would value this type of background?  How does your background compare?

Rant on Jobs

I've held temporary/contract jobs so many times that I've lost track.  It started 20 years ago.  In between there have been permanent jobs, and I've enjoyed those.  Although, in my experience none of them have been truly "permanent" -- because the employer always said that an employee could be let go at a moment's notice, for any reason.  I've wondered why they are called "permanent" jobs when there is no permanence.

With the temporary/contract jobs, I've wondered why it is my good reputation doesn't carry far.  I've had these 20 years of work experiences, with many good references, and good people as co-workers, yet the reputation only lasts a few months after the job has ended.

So let's say 2 years ago, I typed 50wpm with perfect accuracy, did paper filing, handled outgoing mail, created Excel spreadsheets to their satisfaction, used a fax machine via computer software, answered office phones politely, handled customer service with glowing reviews from my boss, etc. ...................that reputation should carry longer than a few months!!!

I also have a solid education, a history of doing well on skill tests (typing, data entry, customer service, etc.), so those factors should weigh in.

As much as I enjoy helping employers who are stressed out and "in a pinch" -- typically that's what I've encountered in temp/contract work -- I also am disappointed that they do not value my long work history.

Why is it this way?  Why do they ignore my work history?  Why do they ignore my personal and business references?  Why do they insist on more skills testing when I have passed those tests repeatedly for 20 years?  It's like asking me to prove I can drive a car, when I've been driving safely for 20 years.

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Bad employment history

Oh, this community is still alive? Alright. I need some help.

My employment history is bad. Really bad. I've had somewhere around 10 jobs (best guess) and only one of them lasted more than 6 months - and even that was an on-and-off, "work when we need you" sort of thing. And yes, I was fired (for one reason or another) from many of these short-lived jobs. So, with a history like that, is there any hope that I could get a non-fast-food job?

(And I mean no offense to those who do work in fast food. I just can't do it. Trust me, I have tried. I'm not, well, fast enough.)

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Ridiculous job interviews

What was the most ridiculous thing that happened to you or you had to do in a job interview? Any funny and/or pathetic-for-the-employer stories? I had the "usual" stuff like postponing the appointment for a couple of hours right before the job interview was supposed to start. On the more funny side (in retrospect!) I had to draw the company's product (and no I did not apply for a job where that was required!) So how about you?

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Hi. I've never applied for a job online is it safe to upload your resume? I hit apply now and then I have to leave my phone number, email address, and zip code. But no where is the company email address listed so I'm a little concerned. Thank you.

I have to laugh, actually

Five weeks ago, I applied to a job for a customer service person for a very small center, which is is part of a larger, well-known company. Basically, they were hiring someone to handle customer service issues on the phone, and the small company itself buys used and broken electronics (iPads, game consoles, cell phones, laptops, etc.). I applied with them because neither the add nor in the phone interview did they say they specifically wanted someone who was the gadgety sort (I don't do much with cell phones etc. but I have a laptop, am a gamer, etc. which does fit in with the culture) I am a fast learner and would have done well in the position.

They disagreed (as in, I never heard back), and I didn't move beyond the face to face interview to phase two. To be fair, they did tell me "If you don't hear from us, it means we went in another direction." I'm guessing this means "We might decide we need other skills/you don't fit in with us/we might not need anyone after all/etc."

Well, their direction must change weekly, because since that interview, they've run their ad at least four times since my interview. Either they have no idea what they want and the person they hire is getting fired/quits, or despite their fun, hip and social atmosphere, they're hell to work for.

So, I'm curious: has anyone else had this happen to them, and it made you think either "Well, geez, if you'd hired ME, I'd still be there!"/"Wow I think I was lucky to not get in on that one."? Or if you've been employed with a company that has done this, what were the circumstances causing it? I'm trying to sort out if this a thing where I'm lucky to have walked away unscathed
So, I had a phone interview last week and was passed to the next round. Yay! But, I'm totally dependent on public transportation, and all the woman would tell me is "Blah Blah Area" (I did ask for the address, but was told "Well give you those details if you make it to the interview.") which is normally very bus accessible. Of course, they were in the Bumfuck, Egypt reaches of Blah Blah Area, to where no bus ever goes, and I only found this out after I was sent information for the face to face interview.

I sent a polite, friendly and professional email, as follows:

Hi Ms.X,

I just checked the bus routes for the area, and unfortunately the bus doesn't go there. I'm totally dependent on public transportation. When you mentioned Cherry Creek Drive, I was thinking of the area much closer that is bus accessible. I apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for considering me!

Sheila

What I got back was rather snotty:

Okay. Thanks.

No "Dear Sheila", no "Sincerely, Me", nothing. Very unprofessional. Even if you're thinking "Stupid bus riding hippie, you wasted my time! DIAF!" You still need to be professional about it. It doesn't need to be a long reply, just a polite "Thanks for letting me know, I'm sorry it's not an option for you" will suffice.

I've had the bus issue crop up before, but never have I received such a rude and unprofessional response to it. As much as I need work, I don't need them and their attitude.

I hate job hunting

I've been on six interviews the whole month. They go nowhere. I've sent out my resume 40 times this month and six interviews is all I've had. I can't even get crappy 8.00 an hour telemarketing jobs to respond to me. I had an interview last week with someone who decided I didn't have enough experience--well, you saw my resume, so why'd you call me? Today I'm on edge waiting to hear from a place where I'd interviewed Tuesday who said they'd call me by the end of the week if I get to go on to the second interview or not. then if I do, I get the lovely experience to see if I make it through that round.

I hate this. I'm depressed and angry and putting on a happy face for interviews just stresses me out more. I'm about to say fuck it and go live under a bridge because at this rate it's where I'm headed, anyway. :(

I needed to get that out.

Little Survey

Does anyone else here feel embarrassed when you apply for a job as opposed to when you interview? Or are you equally embarrassed in both situations?

In an interview, no matter how I screw up, I'm a bit more at ease because I know they'd at least consider me. When applying--even to a place where I already feel I fit in--it feels like the equivalent to walking up to someone and asking about their personal life only I'm the one giving out the personal information.

Thoughts, anyone?

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