Remember back when summer jobs were plentiful and finding one was a piece of cake?
All you had to do was check the local classifieds, and you were almost guaranteed a simple, part-time job for the summer. What happened to those days? Finding a part-time job in Mount Pleasant is a grueling, uphill battle.
I never imagined it would be so hard to find employment here.
When I graduated from my previous school last spring, I had planned to move to Mount Pleasant to get used to the area before classes started in the fall and to find a summer job for some extra income so I wouldn’t be eating away my savings.
I applied for every job imaginable, from fast food establishments to manual labor grunt work positions where I would be baking in the sun for hours on end.
I wasn’t looking for the best possible job with the best possible pay; I was looking for any job that would take me.
I’ve become a professional job seeker — a master of finding jobs, but unable to be hired into them.
Every day, I would fill out a new application and submit a resumé. And every application came back the same: “No, you’re overqualified” or “You’re just not what we’re looking for.”
I can handle rejection, but I’ve always had a problem when someone says no because they think I’m overqualified. Anyone who is actually overqualified knows when they are overqualified for a job. If they don’t, then they probably are not overqualified. So, telling someone they didn’t get a job because they are overqualified just seems like a pandering way to let someone down with a little optimism.
So, for the rest of the summer, while still looking for work, I burned through my savings.
I tried to soften the financial blow by applying for government aid. But unfortunately, I didn’t qualify for unemployment because, according to the system, I quit my last job. I also didn’t qualify for a Bridge Card, because I wasn’t employed often enough.
First off, I didn’t quit my job. I graduated. I was a student employee at my old job. You have to be a student to be a student employee. How dare I graduate?
And second, if I was employed, I wouldn’t be asking for assistance. It’s like the state won’t help someone unless they are at a point where you have become completely dependant on aid to survive. How does that help anyone?
Ultimately, I never got a job. It’s not all bad, though. I did a few good interviews and a few businesses told me they would love to have me work for them when they have more open positions.
So, if you want a part-time job here, start looking months (or years) before you think you actually want one.