I can understand why you are pissed off but also why you can't get a paid job. Hope the volunteering gets you started.
edit: i ask myself everyday
the volunteering is at a startup company i think. admin work
is it worth it? travel costs etc..
Where are you applying for work though?? Cos surely some shop would have given you hours at some stage in the past few years.
Work in a bar...you don't need experience to work in a bar.
Or just lie and say you've worked in one before, that's what I did.
Preferably find one that takes in loads of gappies from Australia, usually they have high staff turnover and will take you on for a few months.
have you ever done voluntary work or unpaid work for a period of time (at least a month)?
not doubting your trying, but there must be something wrong with your approach if you've tried every summer and not got anything. are you going to unpopular jobs, like cleaning/fast food? or are you trying to get something decent, which to be fair you probably couldn't get with no experience at 20? has someone from the jobcentre/careers place had a look over your CV? have you tried getting volunteering experience before, because maybe one or two voluntary places are selective but in my experience if you're polite and nice, charity shops are happy to have you.
good luck with the jobhunt, hope you get something to kick start it all
Review your applications, something isn't holding up and it can't just be a lack of experience!
no i haven't done volunteering before and tbh i do apply to a lot of well known stores or popular places.
I've had a career adviser look over my cv at uni
can someone give examples of reasonable unpopular jobs pls
Threads like this make me glad as **** that I've actually put effort in keeping my skills, experience and CV updated.
OP, your only choice really is to spend your time constructively volunteering while you keep applying. Ask for travel expenses if it's a problem.
Say you worked in the stockroom at woolworths
its closed now. they won't/can't check
This is my work history:
- Bhs Cafe (16yrs old). It was TERRIBLE. I spent half the time serving horrible food, and being treat like I was an idiot (I told the manager I was out of £1 coins, and he said "are you giving out coins instead of notes"?!).
- Post Office Stamp/Envelope Counter. I was given the job by my mum (the manager) while the regular staff were on strike
- McDonalds. I NEEDED money. I mean NEEDED it. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to pay rent
- Wetherspoons Bar Staff. Also, terrible. I was working too many hours, and given 2 days notice that I was working NYE. I also got mixed up with dates, and told them I couldn't work the day after boxing day, when I meant boxing day - gave them a weeks notice about how I couldn't do it, and they still got annoyed with me! - I quit
- Sainsburys Petrol Station. By far, the easiest job ever.
Anyway, my point with this is that you've got to try and apply for new/different things. I've been to the bottom of the barrell (McDonalds), but when you really need money, you'd do anything. Most of those jobs aren't the norm, and not where you would think of applying, but just try EVERYWHERE!