Volunteering

Volunteering, it great that people do this to help a cause or something they have a passion for. What I don’t agree about volunteering is having to do it just to get work related experience.  With that said, sometime at the end of October I decided to volunteer at the center library.  I decide to volunteer, because my job hunt to find a job isn’t leading to any job offers. Why the library? Well it that was my second option and my first option was a museum.  When museum received my background check the volunteer position I had discussed with the volunteer coordinator was already filled.  They had another position but i wasn’t interest in.  So I decide to volunteer at the library. Honestly I don’t know what I will get out of it cause getting a job there is very competitive.  I convince myself, what do I have to loose except two hours of my time. So for that past month I volunteer one day out of the week for two hours at the library.

So far the duties I’v done are pulling books off the shelves that the computer system has listed missing and are going to be “retired”. These retired books are removed from the system and sent to the library store where the public may buy them for a few cents or a dollar.  I think they also give them out to schools or organization in need of books, but not to sure about that. The other task I’ve done is checking each service desk has the supply they need like pens, pencil and small scrap paper.

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two week laters…

 

After two weeks and two day, I decided to quit my job working at Subway. Not because I didn’t like it, but I wasn’t getting enough hours. When you are only getting a few hours and the pay is only $8.oo/hr that is not enough to live on, pay the bills, and just to get by.  The manager was only giving me about 13 hours a week and when I look at the upcoming schedule he only assigned me 5 hours for the whole week.  I already mention to him that I wanted more hours and his response was to only get more hours was to pick-up shift when people call in. At the same time he had hire someone else just a few days after hiring me. That person is receiving more hours then me.

Now, I felt I was doing okay and learning as fast as I could, but when you only have me coming in two day out of the week, it going to take me awhile to learn the ropes and get comfortable doing them.

A much need break

This week I was hired at fast-food restaurants as a part-time employee.  It is not the job I would have want because it pay low, $8/hr.  Am thankful that the manager hired me and willing to take the time to train me. Am really not sure why he hired, but during my job hunt this past month I decide to do something different on my job applications.  I started to not, not put down that I have a Bachelor degree unless it a requirement for the job position. Weather he would have hire me if he had known I have a bachelor degree, I don’t know. Just seems odds when I made that change, I get called for a interview and hire.

So far I’ve only work two days for four or five hours.  It be interesting and a lot of information to take it.  Actually it just feels weird even though it a straight forward job. I have met some of the other workers and they all seem okay except for one that I met on my second day.  When she walk in I just got this bad vibe from her. She didn’t take 10 second just to introduce her self or just a say “hi”. She seems very bossing and “bitchy”. When I was finishing with the last customer I could hear her complaining to the manager how am doing things wrong.  All I did was just say “sorry” toward her so she know I could hear her.  I sure the manage pick up on my tone of voice, but I really want to tell her, “instead of complaining what am doing wrong, maybe help me out and just show me.”

Well will see how things go. Hoping I”ll stay there for awhile and just see what direction I should take in finding a better paying job.  Am still in the process in volunteering somewhere to gain some much need experience.

Introvert Interviewing for a Job

I usually don’t talk about being an introvert.  For one, it really doesn’t matter to me.  I am who I am and I can’t change that. No, I am not anti-social, in fact I love meeting people and hanging out. Yes I do prefer to be alone, sometime, and usually don’t have too much to talk about.  Am shy, clam, and reserve, but it just depends on the situation.

Job Interviewing would be one of those situations where I think my introvert personality can be effecting the interviewer decision whether to hire me or not. For one, when I speak in a calm tone during an interview.  I don’t show too much enthusiasm or excitement for the position or for the question being asked.  Especially for questions that ask you for details how you handle or dealt with a situation.  Am sorry, I am not a great story-teller so my answers are just simple.  Which I think can be mistaken that am not interested in the position and can’t I handle the job duties required.

 

am I curse?

Is there such a thing as being curse with bad luck with finding a job?  No matter what you do or how much you try to change your approach in finding a job, you’ll never find one nor get a job.  As my journey continues with looking for employment maybe I just one of those individual that will never find a job.  Are some people just unemployable?  Their skills, experiences, education, maybe their personality just doesn’t fit into the job labor force. Are employers being to picky with who they hire? It all about finding that employee that fit into their company 100% or at least close to it.

Maybe my resume is one of those odd looking resume employer don’t understand and get the wrong impressions.  My job have been in the educational field to the technical web savvy field with a little retail in between.  Doesn’t make a good attractive resume? Jumping around from one area to another plus have a degree in sociology doesn’t help at all.  Gives the impression I don’t know what I want to do career wise.
*my job experience on my resume. I can’t fit everything so I left the small detail like month and cities*
Pearson, Professional Scorer(this is always hard to explain)                                                                                                                                                                                         2011 – 2017
  •  Analyzed students responses if they answered prompt essay and score their response.
  • Remained neutral bias in reading student’s opinions and religious beliefs.
Northeast Independent School District, Substitute Teacher
                                                                                                                    2011 – 2015
  • Implemented teacher’s lesson plans awhile having the ability to improvise and be flexible when necessary.
  • Determined appropriate consequences for inappropriate student behavior and write a report for the teacher about class events.
  • Maintained effective classroom management strategies and applied advance teaching capabilities in all subject areas.
University of Texas at Austin, Undergraduate teacher assistant
                                                                                                                      2006 – 2008
  • Provided technical support to 30+ students learning about web applications during office hours via instant messenger or email.
  • Communicated effectively to non-technical students on debugging HTML and CSS code via instant messenger.
  • Worked with teaching faculty to aid in proctoring exams
Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Might be another jobless year

With about two months left in 2017, it beginning to feel that my goal for finding a full-time position will come up empty, again for the 8th or 9th year.  Awhile it may not be the end of the world, am running out of options of what more I can do.  I’ve altered my resume so many time, change the format, re-worded it, deleted and added things.  Nothing I do seem to make a difference.

Even interviewing, what more do they want.  If you want to know me and the kind of person who I am, hire me. Some of these questions I just don’t know how to answer, like tell me about your self? ME!, am thinking what do you want to know. Honestly I think interviewing is not my thing no matter how much I prepare. Most of my answers will be short or I don’t have an answer.  For example when they ask you a scenarios question like, tell me a time you experience a rude customer and you handle it.  To me, I just help the customer the best I could and not them ruin my day.  Am a patient person and it take a lot to set me off.

The pass two weeks I been thinking of other jobs I could apply to, but there are some factors that might keep me from applying.  I recent thought about applying for a flight attendant, but there are no airlines that are base here where I live.  I would probably I have to move to another city and/or state and I have zero money for that.  It would be great to travel since I haven’t left the state I live in.  The other job I thought about is teaching english aboard, but then you need to be certified.  The other issues is will I make enough to pay my student loans plus the cost of living in another country.

 

Hitting a Brick wall

As we approach the end August, my job search has met nothing but brick walls. I go this direction, I hit a brick wall. Switch direction and hit another wall. I feel like a rat that can’t get out of a maze. Doesn’t matter where I apply, I can’t get anything to fall my way. Most of my recent applications have been to retail such as Petco, michaels, hobby lobby, chipotle, walmart.  I applied to 6 different chipotle locations and only got two interviews.  I applied to three michaels location and got one interview.  I also applied to 3 to 5 petco locations and got 1 interview.  I do not understand what more I could do.  At my interview at michaels, the girl that interview me gave me her own personality evaluation to see how I would fit in.  It was another way to see if I would be a employee that she would need to train and if my personality would be a difficult one to work with.  I’ve also been applying to position within the city, but nothing there.  One of those position is working at the public library.  You think that would be a straight forward position as long as you enjoying working with public.  Right?  Seem I don’t meet the qualifications for that.

Career Fair

As I continue on with my search to find a full-time job, I decided to attend a career fair. The last one I went to was about a year after I finish school.  Now I’ve attended many during my college career, but felt that as student in the liberal art school, these fairs never benefited liberal arts majors compared to those career fairs suited for business or engineering majors. I attended them with the hope something good came out of it and to practice my networking skills.  In my opinion I think career fair are a waste of time. For people such as myself looking for work and needing a job, they don’t really help.  For this career fair that I attended, it was small and was organized by the public library along with alamo workforce solution.  So keeping a positive open mind I thought I give it a shot and attend. I didn’t forget to take a few resume with me and luckily I called in advance to see what companies would be attending.

The career fair was held at a local library near my neighbor.  Got there about five-minute before they started.  The first company recruiter I spoke with was from JPMorgan Chase.  It was a very informative conversation and the recruiter gave me a lot information about the company and the position they were looking to fill.  The downside to the conversation was that I would still need to apply online.  The recruiter did take my resume and I hope something great comes out of it.  After talking with the Chase recruiters I went to two other companies. Speaking with these companies is why I think career fairs are a waste of time.  All they told me was these are the positions we are hiring for and you would need to go to their career website and apply.  No questions about my experience or ask for my resume.  The last company I spoke with was a staffing agencies.  I introduce myself and passed on my resume.  Mention what job positions I was interested in and she wrote down the information.  I’ve work with staffing agencies before, but felt like there was never progress.  I would constantly called them about positions  I was interested in or applied for.  Only to hear, will get back to you or just never hearing from them.

I left the career fair not disappointed, but okay knowing that nothing has really change.  People want a job and come to them hope to get something, but at the end it just telling you what we all already know.  Go to the career website and apply.  If you lucky enough you’ll get a phone for an interview or won’t hear a word from the employer about your application.

Daily Prompt : Exposed

Exposed

Since I finished college 9 years ago, I’ve been on the constant search for a full-time job.  Looking here and there, applying for this job and that one. Within this 9 years time, I’ve only had a few job interviews.  Resulting in zero job offers and the job hunt has left me exposed. Not sure what else to do since it seems most employers could see right through me.  My little job experience not enough for them to consider me for any position. I get it, I lack the experience, but doesn’t mean am not motivate to get my hands dirty and learn.  These behavioral interview questions only relieve my introvert personality.  I accept for who I am and that is something I can’t change. I may not show my excitement for the position during an interview or have an out going personality, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do the job require.  It doesn’t mean that am anti-social, hate being around people or am not a good fit for you company. It just mean that am a calm, down to earth individual and asking me a few hard question is not enough to know who am really am.

Job interview gone wrong but never happened

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks.  They are a company that sell eye-wear.  Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position.  Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses.  Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores.  I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017.  I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff.  Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.

So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt.  Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little.  I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am.  All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.”  So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on.  People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame.  Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client.  Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client.  I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes.  I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes.  I said to myself, “this isn’t right.”  Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?”  With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.”  My response and reaction now you are telling me this.  She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.”  I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay.  If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.

Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay.  It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something.  Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance.  I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen.  Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.