home. I have been in Jacksonville for a little over a week and have just finished training at not one, but TWO waitressing jobs. Immediately after returning home from my weekend in Columbia, I spent four straight days (Mon-Thur) searching everywhere for employment. I even impressed myself with the effort and time put in. Not to mention I was hungover from the game-day weekend, jet-lagged, and sincerely depressed that I was missing my boy Bassnectar in my home town because I had to be up early to job-hunt. THAT, killed me. I am getting upset even now thinking of the fact I missed Lorin’s first Florida run and an epic first for Freebird Live AND Jacksonville to be hosting such a huuuuge EDM artist. Ahhhhh alsn!#@*$!skjdg. Life goes on though… besides, I technically did hear and see him at Freebird… I stood outside the door for half and hour and watched him set up, and do soundcheck between applying for jobs 🙂
I applied to jobs on Craigslist, spoke with friends, drove around town and applied to places as I passed… restaurants, stores, hospitals for receptionist work, even a tanning salon. I would fill in applications, schedule interviews, and then more applications, and more interviews. Literally back-t0-back. (2-4 being the crunch time- after lunch, before close) And it paid off.
Combined I probably applied to over twenty places in three days, and attempted many others that were not currently hiring. I applied for anything I knew I was capable of doing, not necessarily wanting to be doing. My goal was to find work that I could start almost immediately. And, the first ones that offered, I accepted. I started training at two different restaurants, one during the day, and one at night… and I really like both! Honestly, even during training I was still looking for other part-time or full-time work to make sure I found the right fit (hours and money wise). I also did not consider “training” actually working. As far as I was concerned, until I was on the schedule, making that paper, cashing checks, I was still unemployed.
Even though I have been looking for jobs that are not within my degree, I have learned some things that I know will help me out when I do.
So far, I like the people I am working with and working for, so… fingers crossed, both work out. Now all i have to do is rock them!
I start Friday night.