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Old 08-15-2012, 03:46 PM
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Default How does one...

Go about finding a NON-retail job?

Yeah...pretty much that. No degree (though I am 1 year away from a sox degree if I could just go back) and no real experience other than in libraries.

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:48 PM
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:05 PM
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Just apply and make sure you are canny about upping your life experience and applying skills you have learnt along the way to meet the criteria for the job on the application form.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:07 PM
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Build a killer resume that focuses on your skills and the tasks you did at each job rather than just "I worked at this place during these dates." Rather than "I folded clothing tables at the mall," write stuff more like "kept store organized and presentable throughout the day."
Stalk craigslist, Indeed, and your local paper, and apply to anything that it sounds like you can do. You might try stuff like, say, being a desk clerk at a hotel... that will give you reception/office management experience and you can then take that and apply to professional office environments. Alternatively factory jobs are pretty frequently hiring, but you may have to get started working third shift and work your way up. But I dunno if that's quite what you mean by "non-retail." Factory jobs kinda suck though the pay is lovely since the job kinda sucks.

Send out a LOT of resumes and applications... and you get lucky.

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:07 PM
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I would LOVE to find that out.... lol.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:08 PM
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Craigslist part time section.
Center for student employment at your university.
Ads in paper.

Student jobs are under-rated IMO lol they like to work with student schedules and most of the jobs are ridiculously easy. I worked in the school cafe all through my undergrad

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:19 PM
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What is it you want to do?

Go apply for a tech position at a hospital. Ours does not require you to be a nurses aide and they give you your own training. Nursing homes will train you as well.

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:21 PM
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Depending on your interests, you might look into working in a kitchen or bakery.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:25 PM
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Ya, you gotta be a bit more specific than 'non retail' LOL

Factory? Medical? Office? Construction worker? LOL
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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If you can get some computer skills that is one of the biggest selling points. The things they liked on my resume were the math degree and science classes and then my computer programming classes. Being functional in excel and other software was also really helpful, even photoshop and hex editors that I used for games as a teen. (The funny thing is I use a very similar hex editor now for work lol) Even if it's the wrong soft ware, it shows you can learn other software. That's assuming you're meaning an office/technical kind of job.

A lot of mine was luck. 99% of my job I learned on the job... But you really do have to show your capacity for learning in the field that they're after.

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