Thursday, August 31, 2006

Why Can't Amber Find a Job?

She has three years of retail experience. She has six months of customer service/receptionist experience. She taught, which means she's capable of leadership. She formats her cover letters properly. She doesn't misspell words. She's dependable. She's dedicated. She's qualified. In fact, she's overqualified. And that, right there, that must explain it all. She has a Master's degree that she can't bring herself to leave off her resume because she's also extremely honest, and because that Starbucks application pointed out that omissions are fraudulent too. But almost a week ago she applied for a job at a bookstore that was advertising for help. The bookstore has not contacted her for an interview. The bookstore must be thinking, She has a Master's degree. She can't possibly want to work here. She'll just leave as soon as she finds something better.

The bookstore is right. But what the bookstore doesn't know is that Amber's savings are dwindling, and people with Master's degrees have to eat too.

Amber thinks she is being deeply wronged.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to work in a bookstore, I think that a Masters in English and beng well read would give you a definite advantage. The turnover is pretty high,it is retail after all,so I don't think that would make a manager think twice. Something will happen soon, the holidays are coming soon in retail land!

8/31/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous peder said...

that's crazy...i would think a bookstore would jump on the opportunity to get someone like you.
then again i thought the printshop, and the local sign place would have atleast shown some interest in someone like me. not to compare our situations exactly, you've had a much better academic career than i and your pedigree reflects that. also my resume clearly lays out the story of someone who hasn't done much more than behind the scenes service industry work. especially having graduated a full 3 years ago, a potential employer might be less than impressed with my dishwashing expertise. so i guess i've kinda given up on the whole getting a better job thing, and next week i'll be returning to the hospital to scrape plates.
actually i was really hoping to get a job at the wind turbine place in would have been completely different from anything i've done, and it's a good cause i think...but alas,not even a call back. i even used nice paper for my resume...
i'm sure you'll find something, it's a big city...

8/31/2006 3:56 PM  
Blogger Loralee Choate said...

Are they insane?

I think it is probably just that the bookstore manager would be frightened of either

A. You leaving quickly
B. You kickin his ass and taking his job.

8/31/2006 10:28 PM  

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