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Messages posted since 08/26/2014

Topic: In desperate need

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/12/10 02:08 PM

I am in desperate need of a job, if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to post. I was in school but had to drop out due to no finances. Thanks to anyone who has any advice. Please only advice or suggestions. I'm really at my wits end and I'm not trying to become more stressed/depressed.

Author: John Pusztay Posted: 08/12/10 05:43 PM

Try waiting on tables at a good local restaurant everyone always talks about in your area. Not one of those 24 hour places either. A decent classy establishment. There's nothing wrong with waiting tables.

When I was living in Newport, RI, I made $100 a night in tips alone on Labor Day weekend. On a typical night I'd average about $25 to $50 in tips depending on traffic. Of course, that's a tourist destination. But I'm sure in a major city there are places the well to do tend to go (especially CEOs for business dinners). Target those types of restaurants.

Working in a hotel as a waiter also has it's advantages. There's always room service duty (people tend to tip a little more in my experiences), and you have a chance to work banquets when and if the restaurant is slow.

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/12/10 05:51 PM

Thanks John,

I've applied at numerous places, even wal-mart but seems like they only hire high school kids. Hopefully now that all the kids are going back to school someone will take a chance on me.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 08/15/10 01:59 AM

Dear L.J.,

I'm so sorry that you're desperate for a job. I've been there (luckily in the past) and know how it feels.

I wish I knew of someone hiring that I could point you to, but maybe this article at The Simple Dollar will help you get a few ideas to get some quick money together until you can land a job.

Please keep us posted and good luck with the search!


Author: Phil Hwang Posted: 08/15/10 12:43 PM

Hi L.J.,

As someone who owns a business with prominent advertising in the phone book and in an area especially hard hit by the recession, you would be surprised how few calls I receive from people asking if I'm hiring. In fact, I doubt ten people have called me in the last two years. I've offered work to people in the media industry because those are my friends and they've turned it down because they refuse to do manual labor.

My advice is to pick up the phone book and just start calling. Be polite, sincere, and to the point. I have a friend who has had over twenty jobs in the last few years. He's a genius at getting jobs but not keeping them. All he does is pick up the phone book and craigs list.

Good luck. And lastly, do whatever you can to continue your education and gain marketable skills. It's better to be poor and young than old and poor.


Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/15/10 07:16 PM

Thanks Phil and Heather,

I will be taking both of your suggestions. I never thought about just calling businesses in the phone book. Thanks again and I'll let you know if I get something. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Author: Paula Smith Posted: 08/15/10 08:08 PM

I would also suggest temp agencies. They seem to have a lot of jobs and not a lot of people who want them. But, they can turn into permanent jobs and depending on the company the pay can be decent.

You may also want to consider going back to school. Apply for grants and get an internship. I know students who make pretty good money at internships (you have to be selective).

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 08/16/10 01:22 AM

With regard to temp agencies, most Universities have their own and constantly need workers. My mom and I both got permanent positions from our first temp assignments when we worked at our local university.

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/16/10 04:58 PM

Thank you all.

I have tried a lot of options and I'm just going to keep trying.

When I realized I might never get a job I decided to try to start my own online business and if any of you have young children, especially little girls, then please feel free to check out my blog at :

or you can find me on ebay by putting in item # : 170528311405

I make barbie furniture for those of you who have little girls.

Author: d. santiago Posted: 08/17/10 06:00 PM

Try your local grocery stores. The hours may vary but I see a lot of them in my area are hiring.

Also, try the hospitals. They seem to be hiring quite a bit in all sorts of positions.

Good luck,


Author: Paula Smith Posted: 08/17/10 06:38 PM

You might also want to try the local movie theatres. They don't pay well but your movies are free. With the teens going back to school there may be some openings during the day (they cut back on hours during the winter so they don't need a lot of staff but there may still be openings). I worked in the theatres for 5 years (3 at AMC) and it was a very valuable experience.

Author: John Pusztay Posted: 08/20/10 03:34 PM

Perhaps now may be the time for you to make the move to LA and get an industry job. Go to my other post (didn't want it to get burried in another posting just in case others might be interested).

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/21/10 06:05 PM


If I had the money I would definatly go to LA and get an industry job. I was considering selling my car and just going to LA but there's no guareentee I'll get a job and I don't know anyone out there.

What other post are you talking about?

Author: John Pusztay Posted: 08/26/10 04:33 PM

I started a new thread/post titled

Author: Susan Russell Posted: 08/26/10 08:43 PM

I throw my vote in with "Move to LA!"

In the meantime, you may want to look into listing your barbie furniture (very cute!) on The audience there is more likely than the ebay audience to appreciate it.

Author: Steven Lee Posted: 08/27/10 12:24 AM

If you are good at either the English portion of the SAT (the reading section and the writing section) or the math portion of the SAT, the Los Angeles area has a ton of jobs for you. I'm a full-time teacher, and I just got a second job yesterday as an SAT tutor with Kaplan -- they are one of the biggest tutoring companies in the country. If that is something you can do... check out Craigslist -- Los Angeles -- education. You will find a number of ads for teaching the SAT.

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/27/10 02:34 PM

Thanks Susan and Steve,

I do plan on moving to LA by my next birthday. That gives me six months to raise some money. I want to be prepared when I do go. Thanks for the suggestion Susan. And thanks John.

Just keeping my fingers crossed that everything works out.

Author: L.J. Wright Posted: 08/31/10 09:54 PM

For all of those who offered me advice and help (which I greatly appreciate you taking out the time to do so) I wanted to let you know wal-mart let me into their secret society.

I got a job!

That means I will have money to enter contest and can save up to move to LA. : ))))

My goal is to make it big by the time I'm 25, so hopefully you'll be seeing my name on the big screen soon.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 09/01/10 12:27 AM


Author: Irin Evers Posted: 09/01/10 11:28 AM

Great news!

Author: Karen Barnett Posted: 09/01/10 09:25 PM

Congrats on the new job, L.J.! It's very wise of you to save some money before you move to L.A. It can be an expensive place to live. But it's great you're making the move when you're young!