Two years ago…. it was. My days would go by slowly, without a single thread of a message or a beep on my phone. Days would become weeks, and weeks would become months. I wondered….what was I doing wrong? Not even a single interview, are you kidding me? Zero dollars in my account. To top that off employers creating paradoxes on their job listings by saying they want experience for most minimum wage jobs, but how can I get experience if no one is hiring? But to cut to the chase of how I got a job, my sister worked at retail store and by using her as a reference, I believe I got the job after the interview. But what if you don’t have any references? Well, to increase your chance of a first job you might have to lower your standards a bit and look for smaller jobs, tidy up your resume, and practice interviewing with your friends or family. Why? Because you’ll be surprised at how you really come off to other people. And you’ll be able to correct those mistakes.
I have been off work for a while. A month in fact. Time goes by so much slower compared to when I worked. A month jobless feels like forever because I have so much more time. A month when I had a job felt like it would go by in a blink of the eye, very fast. I think when you have something to actually do, time goes fast. I began programming in the past few days, and time would actually fly by as fast as when I had a job. This is just how things work I guess. But do I miss a job? Heck no haha.
When I cashier, I come across people who I believe are shopping addicts. Some of them purchase mounds and mounds of clothing to no end. Some of them buy miscellaneous junk that literally has no use except for show. Animal statuettes, tiny glass houses, and a whole lot of useless knickknacks. The only use I see for these items is if a person wants their house to look nicer, but then again that’s subjective. So that’s not exactly a win-win cause as some people will think your a hoarder. It seems to me that senior woman tend to buy the most junk. I actually start to feel bad for these people because to me it looks like there getting ripped off. I’m not trying to be a hater, but I tend to wonder why people do this? From what I heard, people tend to buy things they don’t need to feel a sense of happiness during that time. This is not good financially because over time spent money accumulates(adds up). People look back and wonder where did the money go? Ding ding ding, we have a winner, clothes or any other items. I also think younger people buy too much clothes they truly don’t need. Clothes at the end of the day degrade over time and becomes useless. Gaining weight, losing weight, holes and rips from sports and labor, colors fading from wash are a few ways clothes degrade. Why spend thousands and thousands or hundreds of dollars on clothes each year? Why spend your hard-earned time to make money to look good for a short amount of time (1-2 years). I mean if you have a lot of money or are rich and not broke than it’s understandable. Im just saying guys, is it really necessary?
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Cashier: How is your day?
Customer: How much is it?
Cashier: It’s $3.25 sir.
Customer: Hold on I got the change.
(Digs in wallet or purse for 5 minutes holding up the line.)
Rinse and repeat over 100 times per day for minimum wage salary. The dialogue is basically the same with alternative phrases.
Being a cashier in retail can be tough. Especially when you got to put clothes and items away for customers to buy. You basically repeat the same lines over and over again like a robot all day. Managers tend to reinforce positivity even if you feel like crap. Smile more they say, you know what I cant be 100 percent positive all the time it’s called I’m not genetically inclined too. Sometimes when you forget to tell customers to have a good day, they look at you like your being rude. Look, I am at least allowed 1 day out of 365 to not say “have a good day”. Besides all that, 95% of customers tend to be cool and make your day go easy. I love when people actually talk to you about something not related to something they want. I tend to be extremely bored at work because there is virtually nothing fun to do, especially when I am the only one working the floor. Sometimes you get good coworkers to make your day go easy and sometimes the exact opposite that makes you want to stay home. This is only a little piece of what being a cashier is like.
Before I had a 9 to 5 job working 8 hours a day I was able to game a lot. I actually had time to game all day and get immersed. Nowadays every time I try to get into a game that’s long to complete it’s very hard. Open world games and story driven games can take me months and months to complete. I don’t even play Minecraft that much anymore because there are too many things to do in that game. And I don’t want to use all my time on one game because I want to enjoy other games. I usually go through a pattern of playing a game for a day then the next day I go to work. Only 2 days out of 7 that I am free. When I come back from work I’m too tired to play and that immersion gets delayed for the next day until it eventually fades away entirely. I never thought a job would take so much energy and time but that’s the reality. I have way too many games now but the only thing I end up completing at the end of the day is the work at my job. This is what working a 9 to 5 is like.