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I know this has probably been asked a billion times on this forum, but looking for new info never hurts. Does anyone have useful advice or experiences to share on how to get a job for those of us with SA? Any information, whether it's what jobs to look for or how to interview etc would be greatly appreciated.

I've been looking for a job since High School(19 now), and have never gotten past the interview process. I'm pretty terrible at conversations and pretty awkward, which is why I probably never make it. The closest thing to work experience I've had is helping out in a family friend's bakery doing kitcher work. I'm willing to do hard work in inhospitable conditions, so that isn't an issue.

Don't have a degree yet (currently in school), so am I correct in assuming my job opportunities are limited to stuff like retail and restaurants/fast food?


Something I've always found difficult is the process of going into stores and just asking for employment opportunities. Anyone have an recommendations on how to best do this?
 

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Hey there,

Your job opportunities aren't limited to retail and fast food, I don't have a college degree and I found two full-time jobs on Craigslist, one being in construction, the other working in shipping for a small distributor.

Unfortunately as my SA has been getting worse I am in the same boat as you with interviews, I used to be able to go in with a smile on my face and just babble on about myself and it seemed to work.. Nowadays I can't even tell them my name without thinking I've already royally screwed up in the back of head.

But anyway, try Craigslist! Just make yourself a resume, you don't need previous job experience, just list certain skills you may have. (such as high WPM, or strong attention to detail)
 

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Hey there,

Your job opportunities aren't limited to retail and fast food, I don't have a college degree and I found two full-time jobs on Craigslist, one being in construction, the other working in shipping for a small distributor.

Unfortunately as my SA has been getting worse I am in the same boat as you with interviews, I used to be able to go in with a smile on my face and just babble on about myself and it seemed to work.. Nowadays I can't even tell them my name without thinking I've already royally screwed up in the back of head.

But anyway, try Craigslist! Just make yourself a resume, you don't need previous job experience, just list certain skills you may have. (such as high WPM, or strong attention to detail)
Most of them are scams.
 

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Most of them are scams.
I understand that there are few scammers on Craigslist, however once you get your first scam email you'll know exactly which posts are scams and which aren't. I feel like Craigslist is too good of a resource to not use just because of a handful of scammers.

Among the two jobs I did land, I had maybe 2-3 more interviews all from Craigslist, and two more after losing my job about a year ago. Just a couple of things to watch out for.. telecommute jobs are nearly all 100% scams, if you get any e-mail asking for really personal information (such as SSN).

I find a lot of small businesses post on Craigslist more than other job sites because of the small cost associated with posting an ad in comparison to how much it costs on say, Monster.
 

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If your school offers career workshops, such as interview tips, resume tips, etc. you should attend those! It'll help you get insider information from an employer's standpoint and give you a sense of direction on how to approach these situations.

In terms of interviewing, basic things: dress well for the interview and look professional, research the company, have a few questions prepared to ask the interviewer, and look up common interview questions and have some responses outlined or prepared in your mind so you aren't caught by surprise should it come up.

You can also ask friends if their current workplaces are hiring and see if they can drop a word in to the hiring manager. You get a pretty good chance if you get referrals through someone who already works there.

Otherwise, continue researching through your school and online. There's tons of resources out there to help you get prepared!
 

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If your interview skills are preventing you from landing a job, then improving your interviewing skills IS your job. I feel like that's something Dr. Phil would say.
 

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I understand that there are few scammers on Craigslist, however once you get your first scam email you'll know exactly which posts are scams and which aren't. I feel like Craigslist is too good of a resource to not use just because of a handful of scammers.

Among the two jobs I did land, I had maybe 2-3 more interviews all from Craigslist, and two more after losing my job about a year ago. Just a couple of things to watch out for.. telecommute jobs are nearly all 100% scams, if you get any e-mail asking for really personal information (such as SSN).

I find a lot of small businesses post on Craigslist more than other job sites because of the small cost associated with posting an ad in comparison to how much it costs on say, Monster.
I've just had a look and it doesn't seem to be used that often here in the UK. 90% of the vacancies are porn or escort related.
 
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