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post #1 of 13 Old 12-03-2010, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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I quit my job yesterday.

I have had a really bad retail job for almost a year now and I finally decided that I'd had enough yesterday, so I quit. In the time that I've been there a lot of stupid things have gone on that really made it a horrible job. I could go on and on about all of it for a long time but I only have so much free time right now. I will say that the last straw in the manner was that I have been at that job longer than anyone else (by at least 6 months) and my numbers are always some of the best and yet I was cut down to one shift a week. I don't get paid well and with so few hours the job is no longer worth. With the distance I have to drive to get there, the one shift won't even cover gas. My manager continues to tell us if we want more shifts we need to have better numbers. My numbers were second best 2 weeks ago, and third last week. People who had the lowest numbers are getting the most hours. The girl who had the top numbers last week only had one shift this week too. So I finally said enough is enough and told the manager I was working with yesterday that my one shift next week would be my last.

I told my mom and she asked me how I was going to keep paying for Lucas. Well I certainly wasn't going to be able to keep paying for him with one shift a week. My friend has offered to pay me to watch/play with her dog a few times a week so I'll have a bit of money. But it's not ideal and my mom is right in that I won't be able to keep paying for Lucas if I don't get another job soon. My problem is that, apparently I don't interview well. I always think the interviews go fine but I never hear back or get any jobs. My friend tells me I don't interview well. She's never seen me on an interview but she knows me well enough that I wouldn't be suprised if she's right. So now I don't know what to do. I'm still looking and applying but no luck so far.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-03-2010, 09:20 AM
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Keep applying! I'm sure you'll finally find something.

About interviews, have an eye contact and stay calm and open. Ask them questions, show you're ready to be flexible if possible but know still your limits. Know positive and negative sides of your personality. Bring your knowledge out, if there's something you feel you know and which would be beneficial in that new job (for example "I know how to use a cash register" if you know that and are applying for something in which you need to use a cash register).

That's what kind of a tips I got when I had "how to apply for a job" training.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-03-2010, 10:38 AM
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My advise to you is to try your best. Don't put yourself down if one interview does not go well.
I went through 3 interviews to find the right job and I have a retail job with petsmart over night.
I love it.
anyways, also if you apply with petsmart be sure to call and make sure they are actually hireing you want to know if they are but still put an app just in case. I called my Manager 4 times before she gave me the interview of course they were hireing lol. I was only one who applyed over night me and 2 others work over night at the Pet Hotel
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-03-2010, 11:11 AM
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I quit my job yesterday too because of almost the exact same thing! Just keep applying, you'll find something.

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-03-2010, 11:31 AM
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Last May I quit the job that I had been at for 8 months. I absolutely hated it there and I couldn't stand it any longer so I quit. I was essentially jobless (aside from little things here and there) for about two months. The job I am at now is a decent job with decent pay so I am happy!

You'll find something too, just make sure you're applying like crazy!
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-06-2010, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I hope I find something soon. My manager has been leaving me messages the last few days, trying to find out if I actually quit. The messages have been very unprofessional and rude. She keeps saying that she will keep calling until I talk to her. She thinks I am avoiding her. In reality, I am very busy and haven't been able to answer when she calls, nor have I been able to get back to her because by the time I am able to call she is no langer at the store. You would think if she really needed to talk to me that badly she would leave another number I could reach her at so I could get in touch with her. You would also think that the fact that I am not able to work Fridays or Saturdays would clue her in to the fact that I am busy and not able to answer the phone. So the last message she left me said that she gave my last shift to someone else. I do not understand this at all. I have never not shown up for a shift in my life. If I'm not going to be able to work it, I find someone who can. Just because you call me when I can't answer the phone doesn't mean I'm going to skip out on my shift. I am so frustrated. I technically don't even work there anymore and they are still giving me crap.

I don't know what kind of job to look for now. I would prefer not to do retail again but I will if someone wants to hire me. I've been trying to find receptionist jobs but I don't know where to look for those. All I can find on job websites are corporate office type jobs and they want someone with experience. I've also looked into going back to working at a veterinary office. I've had a few interviews but nothing ever came of them. I'm really stuck right now.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-07-2010, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have most likely found a new job. But instead of being happy I am panicing a little bit. I know I just need to relax and see how things go but I really wasn't expecting this. The job is with a dog walking/pet sitting company. I would be an independant contractor working for the company. I got a call from the pwner of the company this morning and, after talking a bit on the phone, I went to see her in person. It seems like a good, well paying job. I was really happy about the possibility of getting it earlier. But now I'm freaking out. I feel like if I get this job I would have no free time. In reality this is not true because she told me I would only work a few week days and it would probably take about 3 hours to get all the walks done. Weekends might be a bit busier with some pet sitting, but that's not really a problem because I have nothing going on weekends. I think that the fact that I could possibly be training for this new job in a few days is what's freaking me out. I guess I was expecting more down time in between jobs. Not that I wanted it. I need money and I tend to get too comfortable with having nothing to do and lose my drive. I really just need to chill out. I very possibly have a job. This is good. I just need to keep telling myself that.

I also officially no longer have my other job. I called today to talk to my (ex) manager. I told her I was sorry if she thought I was avoiding talking to her but that I had been very busy with class all day Friday and Saturday and that I had a horse show All day Sunday so I was unable to call her when she was in the store. I then told her that what I had put on the scheduel as today being my last day was my notice that I was quitting. I expected her to chew me out for not getting back to her or something but she just said that she just needed to hear it from me. I'm glad she didn't make a big thing of it. I was stressing that she would. I guess I've been worried about all this stuff for nothing.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-08-2010, 09:26 AM
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I always say to everyone looking for a job, take whatever you can get right off the bat so that you can keep on top of all those bills. Just because you accept a job doesn't mean it's going to be life long but make sure when you leave you give them suffecient amount of notice for them to find a replacement.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-08-2010, 11:10 AM
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Something else you may consider to do along with the pet sitting is to clean houses. I made a decent living at it a few years ago. It is hard work...but a great way to stay in shape. I started out working for a few people that I knew personally. It then expanded to a few of their friends...then a few of the friend's friends. By the time that I moved to this area, I had 8 weekly houses, 3 bi-weekly houses, a church, and a funeral home. Now that I'm thinking about it, I really miss it as I sit here behind this desk.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-08-2010, 02:29 PM
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i would hire you but thats me

and its true if you keep applying you will get it
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