As most of you know, I have been searching for a job and trying not to lose my apartment. On top of that, my old dog, Gus, is dying from kidney failure. Caring for him and spending our limited time together is near the top of my priority list.
I have been filling out applications for everything from bread outlet clerk to office work to housekeeping. Some jobs view me as far too ‘qualified’. I mean really, how qualified do you need to be to clean rooms? I have done hotel housekeeping in the past. I know it is hard work. I know what I am getting into when I apply.
But now, a lot of places that offer crappy, minimum wage jobs require you to come in everyday and sign in.
I have to somehow prove I want this crappy, low paying job more than some other guy??
To some, this may seem to be a good move on the part of these employers. It shows them who is the ‘go getter’ and really, really wants a job that won’t cover their bills and provides absolutely no benefits. Because we all are going to work at that job for long time to come.
From my perspective, it wastes my limited resources. It takes gas to power my car to take me to these places to sign in and hope they choose me. Yes, I could walk, but then I would make it to one place a day at best, and it would take me the better part of a day to walk because none of them are truly walking distance from where I live.
I plan my outings to conserve my gas. I think about what is near where I need to go and what I need in that area. I make all my trips count. Even trips to the dog park are a planned with other errands I need to do. So making a special trip everyday just to sign in on some sheet is a waste of my resources. Sure, if I am going past there, I will stop in, but in my area most of these places are not on my way to the places I need to go.
What makes me laugh about these ‘sign in everyday’ places is the fact they are STILL advertising for the very position I applied for. Rather then, I dunno, looking the applications they have gotten, they are relying on a sign in sheet to find employees.
Does their method work? I don’t think so. My ex boyfriend’s son went in and signed everyday at one of the local fast food places. He went EVERYDAY. Some days he rode his bike the 10 miles from his house to do so. He was never called in. The restaurant not only continued to advertise, but a year later and they are still trying to find employees who will stay on long term.
This does not mean I will not apply. I will apply at any job I believe I am qualified for (and a few I am not really qualified for, but hey, why not try if the job looks interesting?).
In the meantime, I will continue to work at keeping a roof over my head (and Gus’ head), keep us fed, keep the lights on and all the little things it takes day to day.
I’m still fighting. Sign in sheets be damned.