Why is it so hard to find a job?

Why is it so hard to find a job?

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Samantha Davis

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 11, 2012
I know the economy sucks but I've been looking for a job for 3 months now and been unable to get hired anywhere. I have one major problem that I know is preventing me from getting a job. I have 1 child who is disabled (severe autism) and he has to be with his mommy it's the only thing that makes him better and able to communicate. He does go to school and is in the special ed class. So from 7am until 2pm I am able to work a job. But I cannot find a job that will allow me to work these specific hours. I cannot even get a job at McDonalds! What gives?

I'm a single parent so I have to do everything by myself and I do NOT want to apply for state help or welfare because I feel like it's degrading. I want to work! I really need to find something before Christmas because otherwise I cannot even afford to buy my son even 1 toy. Money really is THAT tight right now.

So I found this local forum, and I am hopeing that someone knows of a place that will hire someone for those specific hours of the day and no weekends. I don't care if it's min wage I don't need to make a lot of money I just need to make enough to get by.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#2 Dec 11, 2012
Samantha Davis wrote:
I know the economy sucks but I've been looking for a job for 3 months now and been unable to get hired anywhere. I have one major problem that I know is preventing me from getting a job. I have 1 child who is disabled (severe autism) and he has to be with his mommy it's the only thing that makes him better and able to communicate. He does go to school and is in the special ed class. So from 7am until 2pm I am able to work a job. But I cannot find a job that will allow me to work these specific hours. I cannot even get a job at McDonalds! What gives?
I'm a single parent so I have to do everything by myself and I do NOT want to apply for state help or welfare because I feel like it's degrading. I want to work! I really need to find something before Christmas because otherwise I cannot even afford to buy my son even 1 toy. Money really is THAT tight right now.
So I found this local forum, and I am hopeing that someone knows of a place that will hire someone for those specific hours of the day and no weekends. I don't care if it's min wage I don't need to make a lot of money I just need to make enough to get by.
Has the family court system exhausted efforts to extract money from the child's father? Many states add heavy interest on unpaid support and can have him sit in jail until he comes with a way to start paying present and past support. PLEASE don't say you haven't tried to seek help from him or his family.
Samantha Davis

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Dec 11, 2012
He does pay support, he pays 800 a month. That is what we have been paying rent and utilities with for now. It is not even enough for that. I often have to juggle utility bills. One month I pay electric, one month I pay water, then switch it the next month. i am always one month behind this way but it's how I have to do it for right now. What little bit that is left over I buy groceries with. I generally only eat once a week so that there is enough for my son to have regular meals everyday. I have gone to food banks a couple of times but sometimes my pride prevents me from going. I feel so worthless when I have to go there.
We applied for disability for my son but it was denied twice. Apparently WV does not see it as a disability.
I really need a job and fast because things are getting pretty bad financially.
single parent

Springfield, NJ

#4 Dec 11, 2012
Samantha Davis wrote:
He does pay support, he pays 800 a month. That is what we have been paying rent and utilities with for now. It is not even enough for that. I often have to juggle utility bills. One month I pay electric, one month I pay water, then switch it the next month. i am always one month behind this way but it's how I have to do it for right now. What little bit that is left over I buy groceries with. I generally only eat once a week so that there is enough for my son to have regular meals everyday. I have gone to food banks a couple of times but sometimes my pride prevents me from going. I feel so worthless when I have to go there.
We applied for disability for my son but it was denied twice. Apparently WV does not see it as a disability.
I really need a job and fast because things are getting pretty bad financially.
Some schools have a third base program where the kids can stay after with teachers and PTO parents and receive help with there homework if he does fine in school he will most likely do well there and you can work a full 8 hrs. With the support you receive a minimum wage job should do you well. Try local gas stations or holiday help at mall. In one aspect you are lucky I only receive 50 a month for 2 children because there mom lives off her new husband and doesn't work. Honestly the help is there for people who need it and if that's what it takes to feed yourself and son you may need to put your pride aside for the time being.
mgmfcl

Oakvale, WV

#5 Dec 11, 2012
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Samantha Davis

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Dec 11, 2012
I talked to the school, as you suggested. They do not have an afterschool program for austic children. Ive tried gas stations and restaurants. Ive tried opening up etsy shop online and selling crafts but no luck with that so I closed it because it ended up costing me more money to list items than I was making from it.

mgmfcl I will email you shortly
Just me

Rupert, WV

#7 Dec 11, 2012
Try Wal Mart they let you put in availability the only down fall with putting in an availability of 7-2 you prob won't get to many hours just because there aren't that many shifts for those time I think cashiers start somewhere around $8.15 or something like that. It will be hard to find anywhere that only need someone 7-2
I know

Princeton, WV

#8 Dec 12, 2012
I do not know how to really help , but I do what you are going through. People think it is so easy to go out and find a job. Truth is...a lot of places are accepting applications , but not hiring until next year. My husband had been looking for part-time work in the evenings for around 5 months. NO ONE would work with his schedule. Now he is layed off from his job and he can't find any type of work anywhere. He has so many applications in he has to make a list of them. He calls to check up and he always gets told they are not hiring right now. Also , I would love to know how certain people get hired at Wal-Mart for part time or certain shifts. He had an interview at Wal-Mart and they would not work with his schedule either. This is the worst I have ever seen the job market. You mentioned you do not want to be on welfare , but you really need to reconsider. Look at all the lowlife people that are on it! You have a kid and bills to pay! At see if you can get snap. That's just my opinion , but I think you deserve those benefits just as much as anyone else.
Just me

United States

#9 Dec 12, 2012
I work for Wal Mart and its not hard to get on it depends on what your availability is and what position you are getting hired for. For example alot of people want all 7-4 m-f well Wal marts open 24 hrs and mostly only supervisors get those hours. If you are willing to work evenings or overnights is the best way to get hired. To be honest I'm not sure they are even hiring now prob after January or feb some positions like overnights they about hire for all the time. Good luck I hope you all find something
Ponderer

Rupert, WV

#10 Dec 12, 2012
I saw a help wanted sign at the S & S Express in Green Valley, you might call and talk to them.
It looks ;ole some one would mike concessions for you since you are actually willing to work in your situation. Good luck to you.
Level 3

Since: Mar 12

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#11 Dec 12, 2012
Samantha,
Have you tryed DHHR for food assistance? People like you is why Food stamps should be given to you. Its the pill heads that make it so hard to get any help from DHHR. I really hope you find a job. I think DHHR will also help with utility bills as well. If you havent been, please go. You deserve the help. Swallow your pride a bit and do there application. It does not make you a horrible person. And i bet you would be the only one out of all the people in there that deserves the right to have the assistance of the DHHR.
Anna Palindrome

Bluefield, WV

#12 Dec 12, 2012
Not eating is not healthy for you.
For food assistance, Please, PLEASE go to Union Mission in Bluefield, or Tender Mercies in Princeton. There is no shame in accepting help. Someday you will probably be in a position to help someone else, and you'll do it.
No jobs

Princeton, WV

#13 Dec 14, 2012
I think a lot of people who see sign that say 'help wanted or now hiring' really think those places are hiring. Most are NOT. They are just 'accepting applications. Of course it never huts to check and make sure one way or the other. I cannot count how many places I have stopped at that says they are hiring on the sign , but then when you go in and ask in person they tell you they are not hiring at this time. It's so frustrating.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#14 Dec 14, 2012
No jobs wrote:
I think a lot of people who see sign that say 'help wanted or now hiring' really think those places are hiring. Most are NOT. They are just 'accepting applications. Of course it never huts to check and make sure one way or the other. I cannot count how many places I have stopped at that says they are hiring on the sign , but then when you go in and ask in person they tell you they are not hiring at this time. It's so frustrating.
Not trying to be nasty but you may not be presenting your" first impression" as to what they are looking for. I've had women come in applying in flip flops,Daisey Dukes,tank tops,with all their kids and guys coming in with hoodies,toboggans down over their eyes,greasy hair and faces that hadn't seen soap in weeks and a carload of punk friends in the parking lot shaking the building with their sterio. Many young people out there can't find work because they don't know how to present themselves. Their families failed them and the schools tried too but many just wouldn't listen and it finally catches up them. Good luck and keep trying.
No jobs

Princeton, WV

#15 Dec 16, 2012
ThomasA wrote:
<quoted text>Not trying to be nasty but you may not be presenting your" first impression" as to what they are looking for. I've had women come in applying in flip flops,Daisey Dukes,tank tops,with all their kids and guys coming in with hoodies,toboggans down over their eyes,greasy hair and faces that hadn't seen soap in weeks and a carload of punk friends in the parking lot shaking the building with their sterio. Many young people out there can't find work because they don't know how to present themselves. Their families failed them and the schools tried too but many just wouldn't listen and it finally catches up them. Good luck and keep trying.
No it has nothing to do with how my husband dresses when looking for a job.he is always fresh shaved and clean and dressed nice. He's a mature 25 yr old man with responsibilities. He's a good , hard worker , who will loves over time. He knows by now how to apply for a job and how to act during an interview. sooo...that's not it. I have a feeling is he WERE a woman who walked in with daisy dukes on and a tank top he WOULD get hired. LOL
Samantha Davis

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 17, 2012
Thanks everyone for your advice. I really do appriciate it. I went to the DHHR on Friday, and they basically told me that I recieve too much child support to qualify for TANF, but I put in an application for SNAP and they said I will get a letter within 30 days. So hopefully that will get approved. I guess we will see. That was probably the hardest, most humiliating thing I've ever had to do. I've been really upset about it all weekend to the point where last night I just burried my face in the pillow and cried.

I did fill out an application at the S&S express by Glenwood park (I think that is the one you are reffering to?) on Rt. 20 about a month ago, When I called to check on the application they informed me that they would just keep me in mind but right now they are not hiring anyone until after the holidays.

It's looking like there wont be a Christmas this year for my son. I really did try very hard to get a job in time to change that but at this point I think I just have to accept the inevitable.

For right now all I can do is try to keep selling my crafts on the internet and see how that goes. Who knows, maybe I will make a sale or two before Christmas is here. If anybody knows anybody that might like handmade jewelry, handmade soap or pollymer clay dolls maybe refer them to me? At this point, that might be the best route to go.
Just me

Princeton, WV

#17 Dec 17, 2012
Samantha Davis wrote:
Thanks everyone for your advice. I really do appriciate it. I went to the DHHR on Friday, and they basically told me that I recieve too much child support to qualify for TANF, but I put in an application for SNAP and they said I will get a letter within 30 days. So hopefully that will get approved. I guess we will see. That was probably the hardest, most humiliating thing I've ever had to do. I've been really upset about it all weekend to the point where last night I just burried my face in the pillow and cried.
I did fill out an application at the S&S express by Glenwood park (I think that is the one you are reffering to?) on Rt. 20 about a month ago, When I called to check on the application they informed me that they would just keep me in mind but right now they are not hiring anyone until after the holidays.
It's looking like there wont be a Christmas this year for my son. I really did try very hard to get a job in time to change that but at this point I think I just have to accept the inevitable.
For right now all I can do is try to keep selling my crafts on the internet and see how that goes. Who knows, maybe I will make a sale or two before Christmas is here. If anybody knows anybody that might like handmade jewelry, handmade soap or pollymer clay dolls maybe refer them to me? At this point, that might be the best route to go.
Good luck on any prospects! I do not know what kind of work you can do...such as hard labor. There is a job order up at workforce for a labor job(warehouse worker) that pays $12 an hour , and I believe the hours might work for you. I do know the name of the place is Minet Lacing. They are located on the road that goes up behind cheers. I have also seen several house keeping jobs posted at workforce too. Once again good luck!
Eric Underwood

Glen Burnie, MD

#18 Dec 20, 2012
Hello samantha, i dont know what kind of work u like doin but i would put an application at PCH. Laundry, Housekeeping or Nutrition depts might be doin some hiring. To put an application in at the hospital go to human resources dept. Good luck.

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