No Experience Necessary

One of the most annoying aspects of job-hunting is having to wade through literally hundreds of listings that have absolutely nothing to do with your field of interest. Though Craigslist and the employment division have conveniently categorized theirs, there are more than a few jobs that slip through the filters.

Like this one: “Fun Job selling revolutionary new cookware! Work on commission, demo set $350, refundable after $5000 in sales”. Now THERE’S one I’d better jump on real quick—me with my inability to sell heating units to Eskimos. Add that up-front cost of the pots and pans, and it’s enough to make me run as far away in the opposite direction as I can go.

Here’s another: “Appointment Setter for dynamic solar energy company. $9.10 per hour, commission, work evenings, flexible hours, no experience necessary”. Uh-huh. I was a telephone solicitor for a whole four hours back in the early ’80s, and left in tears at the end of my shift because the overwhelming majority of the people I called were rude and abusive. I didn’t blame them for being upset, but after hearing “Do you know you interrupted my dinner, you fucking bitch!?” or some variation on that theme about 80 times, I felt eviscerated.

And here’s a real winner: “Ticket taker for XYZ University football games starting August 2014, minimum wage, must be able to work in all weather conditions”. Ohh, yeah, like I’m gonna want to stand out in the pouring rain for several hours, dealing with college kids full of beer and attitude. Then again….maybe they’d let me in to see the games for free.

Which all makes me wonder if there exists a job that is enjoyable, pays decently, and isn’t too complicated. I’m looking at nursing jobs because it’s all I know how to do, but I also know that the positions I’m most eligible for are the kind that have driven me to the very edge of insanity in the past. The ones with 24/7 responsibility. The ones that require me to multitask and manage constantly shifting priorities, which are two of the hardest things in the universe for me to do. The ones that are a career, not just a job I can leave at the door when I’m done for the day.

As much as I don’t want to do this (given my record as a job-hopper over the past year) I think I’ve got to go for the short-term solution: take a job–almost any job—for the time being until I can figure out what to do for real. Of course, this may be somewhat difficult as the average employer is not going to want someone who is over-qualified for the position they’re offering, because they know the applicant will leave as soon as more suitable employment can be found. But I’ve done the math and found out that a full-time job, even at minimum wage, is better than the measly $360 per week of unemployment benefits I may or may not get.

I learned two jobs ago that there is no such thing as a “forever” job. I’d been searching for it since I first graduated from nursing school, and it simply does not exist unless you’re one of the lucky few who becomes a resident care manager at the last nursing home I worked in. Those people literally stay FOREVER…’s been there for some 30 years, another for 20, and the other is nearing retirement after nearly 40 years. Who can compete with that??!

Not I, that’s for sure. I’ve only got another 11 years before I can retire, and all I want is something I can live with until then. That can’t be too much to ask…..right?




Published by bpnurse

I'm a retired registered nurse and writer who also happens to be street-rat crazy, if the DSM-IV.....oops, 5---is to be believed. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 55, and am still sorting through the ashes of the flaming garbage pile that my life had become. Here, I'll share the lumps and bumps of a late-life journey toward sanity.... along with some rants, gripes, sour grapes and good old-fashioned whining from time to time. It's not easy being bipolar in a unipolar world; let's figure it out together.

5 thoughts on “No Experience Necessary

    1. I’ve found that I am positively allergic to stress, but of course everybody has some, and some of us are more prone to its bad effects. I want something that’s basically mindless, fun, and pays $30 an hour. LOL


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