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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:08 UTC+1 No.14268671 Report

I've applied to about ten different jobs. I'm 19, and have worked for a local politician for five months doing campaign shit, but it was only temporary and i shadowed a doctor for half a year. all the places denied my application because I "didn't fit the bill" or am "inexperienced". I've mainly been applying for cashier positions.

I've been living on my savings and tuition is just draining on them. I'm starting to run out of money. I'm in desperate need of a job with decent hours because my degree plan requires so much effort and time to stay in.

I feel so drained. I'm not even looking for full time just part time at a decent place that isn't fast food or at a supermarket. I tried working their but I had to leave because the hours were ridiculous.

I know this doesnt even compare to real unemployment but still...

I have little friends and family support is shit. they call me lazy and worthless. I think I'm depressed because there are days I won't even get out of bed. I get major mood swings from time to time and my emotional stability is just wrecked. I just need a fucking job to help keep me busy and motivated.

all I have is my car my home and a rifle that I bought a long time ago. suicide has always lingered on the back of my head since I was a little kid. I told my parents about it and they just brushed it off. I feel hollow inside.

I chicken out at the mention of a psychiatrist or therapist. it also costs money that would drain my savings even more. I'm starting to think that I am worthless and a waste to society.

I need advice. I need a job. I need something to keep me living. it takes so much effort each day for me to not feel depressed and it's getting harder and harder.

I want a job, I want to be successful, but more importantly I want to be happy.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:30 UTC+1 No.14268719 Report

Things will get better. Look at communes, the local Buddhist temple. They'll take you in if you truly have nowhere else to go.

Start applying at supermarkets and restaurants.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:30 UTC+1 No.14268723 Report

bump because I've nothing to do and can't sleep
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:40 UTC+1 No.14268754 Report

>>14268719
I have stayed at a Buddhist monastery for a while. I felt very uncomfortable and out if place. their ideals did not match mine and I couldn't relate to many there. if all else fails... I might try again.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:43 UTC+1 No.14268773 Report

Ten applications is nothing, I had a post graduate degree in science and had to apply to a hundred before getting an interview, which got me a job. They're boasting in the UK that employment is going down, but it's all part time and zero hour contracts, rubbish like that not real jobs you can reliably live on.

It's fucking bad out there right now. Just know that most employers won't respond to you in any way, try not to get demoralised as you feel like you're sending applications into a black hole. Next, cast your net wide and apply for as many things as you can, try looking at things you wouldn't normally consider but can somehow turn your experience towards in an application.

I've been on both sides on the interview table in the last couple of years and my advice is to be keen and appear a normal reasonable person.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:48 UTC+1 No.14268795 Report

>>14268773
would you suggest I prioritize my mental health before looking for a job? I also deal with anxiety and slight paranoia. I'm still an undergrad
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:49 UTC+1 No.14268799 Report

>>14268795
If you feel it's under control and nothing that would prevent you from performing the job, then work on those issues and look for a job simultaneously.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)06:51 UTC+1 No.14268805 Report

>>14268671
19 and looking for work here bro
I know that feel
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)07:02 UTC+1 No.14268839 Report

>>14268671
Political Staffer here.

What kind of work did you do for the campaign? You should list your skill set in your resume in general terms:
-Door to Door = Face to Face Customer Interaction or Conflict Resolution or Active Listening or Critical Thinking
-Follow up Calls = Call Center experience, Over the phone assistance
-Analyst = Process Improvement, Fund Raising Officer, Generate leads on additional customers/clients
-ANY CAMPAIGN: Work in a face paced environment, High Expectations, Work well independently as well as in a group, Work under pressure with multiple deadlines.

Hiring managers love that sort of crap. It may be a stretch but as long as you didn't bold face lie, you'll be fine.

I hope you got the contact info for your contact in the campaign. It's not a big deal just explain to the hiring manager that campaigns end if the candidate does not win, you're unemployed.

Also, You'll need to put in 4 times as many resumes as you have put in so far. I've gone against people with Masters Degrees for shit jobs.

At the very least, volunteer for your local political party. It will get you something stable on your resume and let you network. As long as you're consistent and leave a good impression, they will help you get a job. That's how I got my current job.

Most importantly: Don't give up. That last line you wrote is how I felt right before I got this job. Soldier on, Anon. We believe in you.
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Anonymous 05/16/14(Fri)07:05 UTC+1 No.14268854 Report

How are you having this problem? I'm not qualified to do shit and I have two full time jobs at 18
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