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#451 Access_Denied

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Random suggestion/tip...

...I have found that the jobs who have really long multiple step HR procedures such as having you come back for 2 and 3rd interviews are the jobs you really dont want

I have heard some real bad horror stories about a certain car rental place named after a starship for example and they have you come back and forth for 1 phone interview + 3 in person ones.


Remember that hard to get into means hard to get out of. Big companies like that have to go through 100 pages of paperwork to get rid of you, while smaller companies just have a guy come around to your desk and threaten to break your jaw if you don't leave. This doesn't protect you if you're a shitty employee, but you're less likely to get fired for something stupid.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:21 PM

Remember that hard to get into means hard to get out of. Big companies like that have to go through 100 pages of paperwork to get rid of you, while smaller companies just have a guy come around to your desk and threaten to break your jaw if you don't leave. This doesn't protect you if you're a shitty employee, but you're less likely to get fired for something stupid.


downside is that you work with a bunch of morons who can't get fired...

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#453 the_grimace

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:02 AM

downside is that you work with a bunch of morons who can't get fired...


This is exactly what I was thinking!

Seems there is always at least one.... The guy that is moronic and never gets fired and stays employed as long as he likes.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:31 PM

An interesting blog I discovered:
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

It's always good to be aware of the scams out there, especially for inexperienced people looking for entry-level jobs. As a general rule of thumb, you should never have to pay money to get a job. The interview process is not where you start sending your social security numbers and other personal information over.

My girlfriend got sucked into the ticket sales job scam in Anaheim, CA. When she realized what it was, she was asked to be taken back to her car. There was a little protest from the people she was with, but she got her way after some back and forth. The problem isn't the job itself, but that the job ads are deceptive. They don't tell you it's a door-to-door/office-to-office sales job until the last minute. You think it's some kind of office job at first. Anyway, she got the last laugh now that's she's a big fancy attorney.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:09 PM

I got a job at Whole Foods at 10.00 per hour. Yay

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

I worked at Target for 1.5 days before I outright stopped showing up and never even said I quit. Worst job I had in my life, and a terribly horrific experience.

I was unemployed at the time, just finished one professional contract and was looking for another. I was doing some freelance work on the side in my field, but it was slow starting and not bringing in a much money at all. (Now I can probably do it full-time if I wanted). I started looking around town for any work I could find to cover the extra cash I needed for bills. Applied to the whole lot of retail stores, was looking just for a stocking job. I'm pretty introverted so cashier/CS stuff wears me out way more than it should. Other companies told me I was too overqualified. Target however brought me in for the interview.

I was interviewing for the daytime inventory team. Like stocking the store (not the overnight flow), replacing misplaced items, marking prices, helping customers on the floor if they looked confused, etc. They asked me basic questions, but it was essentially, "here's the job details, do you want it". I said yes. Well, when I showed up for orientation, they said they switched me to to an Electronics position because they filled the Inventory spot.... what??... I also made 50 cents less, but that's just irrelevant, the point was that they just switched my position and pay without even asking me. They asked if that would be a problem, but I was desperate for a job at the time, I just was like, whatever.

So first day comes, and here I find out the first thing I do is have to CASHIER on the FRONT REGISTERS. They had a "throw you into the lion's pit" mentality. We were supposed to have a cashier shadow us and help us out, but my lady kept complaining about how she had to leave for her lunch break. After like an hour of her not helping me at all and me embarassingly doing the transactions, she COMPLETELY LEFT me. I have never used a cash register in my life, and here I was, no experience, front line. I don't think my face has ever been so red from embarrassement... The sweat I was pouring too from the anxiety... It was a horrific experience. To make matters worse, at least 3/4 transactions had some crazy payment method or question. One wanted to open a target card, another had a gift card that wasn't working, another had WIC payment, another had a registry, another had a target card that wasn't working and had to leave his stuff at the store... I had my blinker light on for help almost every transaction... I seriously wanted to break down and cry right there.

The misery didn't end there... My lady that was supposed to help never came back. Before I knew it, I was on the register for 5 hours, and overdue on my MANDATORY 15 minute and 30 minute lunch break. (Funny how much they stressed how important these were in the orientation!) I kept trying to call over the floor manager to move on (we were only supposed to cashier for 2 hours....but she completely disappeared. I felt like just walking off, I should have. Anyway, she finally was back at the 5 hour mark, and sent me right to another task WITHOUT LUNCH. I told her I didn't get any of my breaks, and she was just like "That's ok, we are busy today, we need your help".

So off to electronics I went. Where I ended up cleaning up the clothing section instead... after I cleaned up the clothing section, I went back to electronics where I now had to clean and adjust inventory in the clearance section. What sucked most about all of this I had literally no one to help me, so I was completely lost.. it was my first day and retail was completely new to me... They pretty much put me in a section of the store, said do this, and left. Customers kept coming to ask me stuff and looked at me disappointed when I was like, I have no idea where that is... sorry.

At this point, it was 8 hours in and I had no break or lunch... No one was around, so I just walked to the lunch room and took my own break. My supervisor walked in the room and was like, did you work in electronics yet? Truthfully, I said, no, I've been in other sections. She said that was not right, so to electronics she escorted me.... She put me on the cashier in electronics with another NEW guy, and once again, left the two of us to fend for ourselves. Once again, it went like most of the day had gone, being completely lost, constantly calling for help, and wanting to break down and run, but hey, at least I had someone going down with me. It was nice to have a partner in suffering. (Because if we could, we probably would have held each other and wept, lol)

My supervisor never came back till 11 that night, it was 12 hours I've been working there so far.... I thought we could finally go home. NOPE, she needed us to help close. I didn't leave till 12 at night with the doors locking behind me as I went... 13 hour day my first day with only a 30 minute lunch break. I never had a chance to take my 15 minute breaks, or second 30 minute break I was supposed to get for working so long. No one seemed to care either...

All and all, I didn't show up the next day, and had no intentions of continuing that crap. Quite literally the worst job experience I've ever had. They never even called me to be like, "hey, where are you". Whatever, I would have just said your company is terrible and I quit. I ended up working for a temp agency instead getting a variety of nice administrative jobs here and there that helped bring in about $200 a week.

Moral of the story... Target is a terrible workplace. I even went online and googled to see if others had bad Target work experiences. I found a whole website dedicated to workers ranting about it!

http://www.ihatetarget.net/

EDIT: Sorry for the long post! Had a lot to say there. :-\"
Also, this was in October 2011. Still makes me cringe thinking about it though...



You still got paid for those hours, right?

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#458 Tony Stark

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

It's always good to be aware of the scams out there, especially for inexperienced people looking for entry-level jobs. As a general rule of thumb, you should never have to pay money to get a job. The interview process is not where you start sending your social security numbers and other personal information over.

My girlfriend got sucked into the ticket sales job scam in Anaheim, CA. When she realized what it was, she was asked to be taken back to her car. There was a little protest from the people she was with, but she got her way after some back and forth. The problem isn't the job itself, but that the job ads are deceptive. They don't tell you it's a door-to-door/office-to-office sales job until the last minute. You think it's some kind of office job at first. Anyway, she got the last laugh now that's she's a big fancy attorney.


This has happened to me as well.

Advertised as a entry level office job at a "marketing firm". Go to the interview...

...it is a salesman job where I have to cold walk into businesses trying to collect accounts.

My advise is this, there is always a turning point in an interview where you know if you really want a job, my advice is to F up the interview once you know its not what you want. That way you at least boost your ego which is key in interviews, if you cannot believe in yourself who will?

but I dispise work scams. When so many need real jobs.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:53 AM

I got a job at Whole Foods at 10.00 per hour. Yay



Nice! doing what? I work for an organic food distributor and Whole Foods is our biggest customer, so I'm always curious to hear whats going on with them. Its actually how I got in the door at my job, as I started as a temp working on some projects we had involving Whole Foods.

My girlfriend got sucked into one of those scams as well, position was described as entry-level office work and they ended up wanting her to be one of the people at the kiosks in the middle of the mall trying to sell subscriptions. Total waste of time.

In my own job front, I decided to hold off on applications for now. Gonna wait out through the summer to see if anything higher up opens at my company. Plus, not a lot of options for accounting in NH.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:02 AM

I got called by one of those marketing firms. Thankfully I checked up on them before even calling the woman back.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:03 AM

Browsing through some random job listings - warehouse jobs requiring 2+ years experience and want various forklift certifications. Data entry requiring intermediate to advanced Excel skills and some even want certifications. I saw one data entry job that wanted like 300+ hours of schooling in "secretarial sciences." That seems like a rather high bar to entry for those types of jobs, but I guess I don't really know all that much about warehouses or data entry other than people suggesting that you look into those types of jobs while you're in between jobs for what you actually want to do.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:50 PM

Nice! doing what? I work for an organic food distributor and Whole Foods is our biggest customer, so I'm always curious to hear whats going on with them. Its actually how I got in the door at my job, as I started as a temp working on some projects we had involving Whole Foods.

My girlfriend got sucked into one of those scams as well, position was described as entry-level office work and they ended up wanting her to be one of the people at the kiosks in the middle of the mall trying to sell subscriptions. Total waste of time.

In my own job front, I decided to hold off on applications for now. Gonna wait out through the summer to see if anything higher up opens at my company. Plus, not a lot of options for accounting in NH.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:28 PM

Browsing through some random job listings - warehouse jobs requiring 2+ years experience and want various forklift certifications. Data entry requiring intermediate to advanced Excel skills and some even want certifications. I saw one data entry job that wanted like 300+ hours of schooling in "secretarial sciences." That seems like a rather high bar to entry for those types of jobs, but I guess I don't really know all that much about warehouses or data entry other than people suggesting that you look into those types of jobs while you're in between jobs for what you actually want to do.


Secretary school still exists? lolwut. My aunt is 65 years old, she did that out of high school. Ended up landing a government job as a secretary, worked there for 30 years, and got out with a nice pension and official recognition for her 30 years of service. She's been retired for several years now. Too bad that never happens anymore.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:59 PM

I have an interview with a temp agency tomorrow. They said they may have a temp-to-perm job for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Even getting interviews with temp agencies is hard.

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#465 yourlefthand

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:08 PM

Secretary school still exists? lolwut.


Of course, they just call it an English major now :roll:

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:44 AM

I have an interview with a temp agency tomorrow. They said they may have a temp-to-perm job for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Even getting interviews with temp agencies is hard.


I know I remember getting temp jobs to work my way through college and you just signed up, they called you and sent you out, and you had a job. Now the temp AND the company interview you. :roll:
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:14 AM

I have an interview with a temp agency tomorrow. They said they may have a temp-to-perm job for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Even getting interviews with temp agencies is hard.



good luck! its a good way to start out at least.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:20 AM

As happy as I am to have found something, it isn't perfect. I'm stressed as hell because of the way that I'm being trained. Someone spouts off the address of a remote folder on a server, and I'm supposed to remember it? Send that shit to me over lync, don't sit there and speak it to me like John Moschitta. It's just little things like that which are really pissing me off, I almost feel like they're trying to Fuck with me on purpose. Who the Fuck can write or even type that fast?

Sigh, just ranting...
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:01 AM

been at my current job for years but I want to get into coding more. I know that Web devs are in high demand all over California now.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

I've been fortunate that I've never been out of work for long (never underestimate the power of networking). Back in December I took a voluntary layoff from my previous job as a carpet cleaner. Easily the worst job I've ever worked, so I was happy to leave it. Within a few weeks I had landed a position as a recruiter at an RPO agency. It was a big pay cut, but the people I work with (both management and the rank-and-file) are great and the job is virtually stress-free. Before, getting up and going to work each day was like going to my own execution. Now I acutally look forward to work.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:49 PM

good luck! its a good way to start out at least.


Thank you!

I got a good vibe from this agency. The lady who interviewed me said that she had 3 prospects for me. Hopefully I will hear back from her next week.

I also scored high on the tests that gave me. I got a 93% on Word. 80% on excel. Scored high on grammar (which is shocking to me).

Anyways...I hope good things happen next week.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:38 PM

Now I acutally look forward to work.


I miss those days. I also miss the days where I can eat lunch.

I looked at my check statement and it's definitely the worst I've ever seen since starting at Target nine years ago. My hourly wage looks good, but my pay time has been reduced to the point where I make under $600 a month. It makes me wish I didn't enroll in health insurance.

I'm hearing about a place called Workforce One that is suppose to help people find employment (I believe they also help you with job interviews). It sounds too good to be true, but have any of you guys heard of such a place?

BTW, did any of you check out ABC News 20/20 last night? They aired a special on "bossholes" and people who quit their jobs in spectacular fashion. I believe "The Nostalgia Critic" was one of the people interviewed.
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#473 Tony Stark

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:56 AM

I miss those days. I also miss the days where I can eat lunch.

I looked at my check statement and it's definitely the worst I've ever seen since starting at Target nine years ago. My hourly wage looks good, but my pay time has been reduced to the point where I make under $600 a month. It makes me wish I didn't enroll in health insurance.

I'm hearing about a place called Workforce One that is suppose to help people find employment (I believe they also help you with job interviews). It sounds too good to be true, but have any of you guys heard of such a place?

BTW, did any of you check out ABC News 20/20 last night? They aired a special on "bossholes" and people who quit their jobs in spectacular fashion. I believe "The Nostalgia Critic" was one of the people interviewed.


I dont believe in a company (unless its a gov't entity) who helps you find a job, if its a company they have to make money some how makes you wonder

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#474 Tsel

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:03 AM

My girlfriend just graduated college two weeks ago and got offered a job after just one interview. She'll be the new human resources generalist at a Marriott Hotel. Pretty excited for her.

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#475 Dead of Knight

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:04 PM

I think my boss is starting to lose it. She's in her early 50s and it seems like half the things she does are of the following: 1. asks me to do are things I can't do due to separation of duties in the department (don't have access to the bank accounts) 2. doesn't give me enough info (that I can't find out by myself) and/or 3. gives me/tells me to do shit that makes no sense. It used to happen like maybe once or twice a month but now it's a nearly everyday occurrence. It might be stress-related (she's been working long hours lately) or she just might be losing it like a lot of people do when they get middle-aged. It's really getting to me though and I feel like I might be showing in my tone and such. I really need to learn how to deal and hope it passes as it's otherwise a great job.
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:40 PM

I dont believe in a company (unless its a gov't entity) who helps you find a job, if its a company they have to make money some how makes you wonder


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#477 Dead of Knight

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:45 PM

From the company that hires you? Not all companies are a scam.

This, they get a finder's fee... from the company that hires you. My current job paid a pretty penny to the recruiting company that found me (mid 4 figures), not even sure if I was worth that much. :lol:
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Posted 02 June 2013 - 09:46 PM

Haven't been to the thread in a while and felt like checking in. Most likely will be going back for 25 additional credits soon. Looking for CPA prep courses that offer credits towards the necessary 150. Can't find anything in the area, so I'm probably going to need to travel to Philadelphia.

You can't get your CPA without having work experience or a degree anyway so of course none of your classmates would have it before getting jobs. But passing the exam as early as possible even if you don't have the experience yet shows motivation to employers and that you will be licensed once you get the experience. I had passed 2 of the 4 sections prior to starting my first job after college and had passed the rest less than 2 months into my job. I needed a year of experience (internship experience IS generally included in this requirement) to get licensed but the employers LOVED that I passed the exam so quickly. You need the degree and hours to take the exam, but you don't need the experience. Though of course requirements vary greatly state by state.

I would look for work while you go back for credit hours. Figure out exactly which classes you need to get the hours first. I had more than enough business and accounting hours and ended up taking completely unrelated electives to get the hours I needed. Many colleges, including community colleges, offer CPA prep courses for college credit. Check into this. You can combine studying and getting those hours in all at once.


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Goodwill was supposed to work with me on a paid assessment, but no one has gotten back to me for 4 weeks, and calls to my voc rehab counselor are going into a black hole. Hmmmm.. All this free time is really getting to me waiting.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:24 PM

If anybody is interested and located in or around Palo Alto, we have a Summer Internship on our biz team thats open. It doesn't pay anything since its a start-up, but we've helped people get jobs elsewhere since connections run pretty deep in this circle. 

I mention it here because its shopping related and during the interview I mentioned CAG and it actually helped me get a job. Just drop me a PM if you're interested.