Thursday, May 01, 2008

Summer repeat

Like most of Generation Y, I have a considerable amount of debt.

Debt that sometimes makes me shudder or gives me goosebumps when I think about it. So instead of complaining about it (as I hear many of my fellow Gen Y-ers), I've been trying to find a second job--a place where I could work on the weekends to bring in some extra cash to help pay off my debt.

But no one will hire me.

Since I cover education news, summertime is best for me to take on extra work. There are less school board meetings and, of course, less school events to cover. I thought it'd be ideal for me to get a job this summer, but as I stared a thank-you-for-applying postcard from my absolute favorite big box store I realized it's never going to happen.


And this isn't the first time it's happened. Last summer I applied to about half-dozen places but I came away with no job. I remember standing in a home decor store explaining to a manager that I have already graduated from college. For some reason, she kept asking if I was still in school. I told her I wasn't several times, but she didn't get it.

Another place asked where I worked full-time. When I told this manager, her face lit up and she asked me lots of questions about what it was like being a reporter. Apparently, she'd been interested in journalism, but she never finished school, she said. After I answered all her questions, she told me she didn't think she could hire "someone like you."


Someone like me? Is it because I'm a reporter? Or, is it because I already work 40-plus hours a week and I won't be available during those hours? Or, is it because I'm not a current college student or among the 87 percent of the state's population who doesn't have a college degree?

I changed the way I respond to certain questions so potential employers won't think I'm snobbish or I won't take my second job seriously. I've even tried to omit my full-time job from applications so they won't get scared I'm going to write something bad about them.

I've got one more application out. I hope it materializes into a position at the new high-end purse store opening in one of the malls.

Meantime, I've got my rejection postcard on my fridge.


Kate Warren said...

You should be an extra in movies! I know someone who could hook you up with that :)

Annette said...

I had the same problem when I was looking for part-time work. I would be interested in being an extra. Can you give ME the information? Thanks!

Kate Warren said...


Go sign up at

OR call the office at 318-603-4560.

Donecia Pea said...

Shoot, now that's a cool side gig, kate.
It's funny Ash because I experienced the exact same problem when I WAS in college and when I WASN'T holding down a 40-hour job and just wanted to work at my fave clothing stores so I could get a discount, lol.
I guess you're screwed if you do and screwed if you don't. Although I have heard of past journalists who worked part-time jobs while they worked here... I don't know... scratching my head on this one.

Ashley Northington said...

This is horrible. I can't believe it. I'm scratching my head. I'm hoping my rejection postcard will give me inspiration.

Kate: Thanks for that tip. I'll be sure to call them. Maybe they are looking for a loud-mouth, target-shopping, education news-loving girl!

mahogani (the media goddess) said...

before you get all giddy about being an extra as a side gig, check out my blog on a day in the life of an extra ... it's cool for some quick cash ... but not something you should depend on.

i've been meaning to blog about something like this for a WHILE. i have a degree, worked 4 years in broadcast and even bEFORE the degree worked 3 years in retail ... now i'm back in school (paying out of pocket) and NO ONE will hire me part-time ...

either they think i want too much because i'm a professional or they say i don't have enough experience... ok so i can produce a 2-hour newscast but the front desk of the laquinta is too much for me? wth?

there are soooo many of us WITH degrees that have this problem, it's crazy. it seems being LESS educated is more helpful. sometimes i even leave off my application that i have a degree just to see what happens ...

and by the way ... i applied at that PURSE STORE too ... never got a call. GOOD LUCK!

Ashley Northington said...

Oh yeah, Mahogani, I've tried leaving off my job and education too. I've even tried to speak differently (not saying I speak the Queen's English or anything, lol).

Nothing works. Then they begin to ask me questions about school and then I have to tell them--i can't lie.

It's absolute craziness.

I guess I'll be forced to apply at the Hustler club, next!!!!

Ashley Northington said...

BTW: I was just kidding. I'm not going to work at the Hustler Club.

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