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21st May 2013, 11:00 PM

cattservant

Frozen Analgesic!

22nd May 2013, 1:59 AM

John

There is no way that someone could be so screwed up as her. I am failing to identify with her because it appears that she never has worked a day in her life. ick.

22nd May 2013, 4:39 AM

Erin

Well She is just recently out of High School, no? It's not that uncommon for high schoolers to not have a job until after they graduate. When I was in HS I had to have parental consent to have a job. Or even if she worked for family, where you don't need to interview. It's a plausible scenario. :]

22nd May 2013, 3:55 PM

Guest

I had to get my first "real job" out of college. Before that nobody really wanted to interview me, they just gave me the job after talking to me a little.

My reaction to the way my first interview went was pretty similar to hers, actually, the people scared me half to death though. I came out of it, went to the car, and called everyone sobbing about how horrible to was and why did it have to be such a horrible interview.

23rd May 2013, 11:29 AM

Dasher

I only got my first job the summer after my first year at university, despite the fact that I applied for half a dozen jobs every few months. Of course she's never worked a day in her life, most people her age haven't (other than odd jobs).

5th Jul 2017, 3:34 AM

Some Ed

I got my first job not from a relative when I was 13. Delivering newspapers.

It did not count.

As a former newspaper carrier, I could not get a reference from the paper. If I tried to list my contact at the paper as a reference, he'd respond something along the lines of, "I have no idea, we have hundreds of contractors delivering papers, and I can barely keep track of the ones we have now. Don't ask me about those I had 4 years ago." Fortunately, that quote wasn't a reference he gave for me, but a friend of mine who gave me two of his five routes when he 'retired'. Note that most of the 'contractors' only handled one route ever. Getting to the point of having five as a kid meant you were pretty noteworthy. But apparently that didn't matter. He was known for giving shitty references for his adult contractors, too.

My second job was 'freelance computer programmer'. My primary customer (also the one customer who wasn't a relative and didn't work for one of my relatives) gave me a lovely reference. And then the prospective employer looked at who that reference was, and decided they didn't care about the opinions of free lancers.

References that counted: high school teachers I'd impressed, clergy (of minister/priest/rabbi level), scout masters, and neighbors with respectable jobs who thought well of me. Once I realized that, I was able to give different references for every job, and still didn't have a problem with them.

Of course, if you don't have a lot of positive interactions with people who aren't obviously useful to you, you can still be SOL here.