Okay everybody, I got a job, not the best job.....

United States
July 3, 2008 6:44pm CST
but it will put money in my pocket. I am going to be working at Burger King. Starting Monday. I have a vocational degree to be an Administrative Assistant, but alas, jobs are very hard to find these days. Also, to do a job that requires answering phones and dealing with clients, not you have to be very fluent in at least one other language...What a bummer. But I am still looking, I am just working at BK for survival.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Nothing wrong with that job. Somebody has to work there :) Besides, a job is a job and it pays money, so congratulations :) The other good thing? It is easier to find a job when you already have one. And, working at BK will show potential employers that you are willing to actually work! Good deal, my friend :)
• United States
3 Jul 08
You know you have a great point. I have actually never looked for a job while I had one. What's really good about this job is that I live a one minute walk away from it. So I have a potential to be the first person they call to cover a shift.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Overtime! Kaching! You'll be making so much money you'll actually be able to go shopping LOL
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• United States
4 Jul 08
LMAO darkjedi... Yeah, I am hoping to get as many hours as possible.
• United States
3 Jul 08
Good for you! It is better then nothing. Soon something will come along in your field. It is better to have a job when looking for work then not have one! What are you doing to celebrate?
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• United States
4 Jul 08
Well, it's Fourth of July tommorrow and my sons birthday on Saturday, so there will be plenty of celebrations this weekend.
@Wizzywig (7859)
3 Jul 08
Congratulations and good luck. I hope you will enjoy it more than you expect to! I took a job I never thought I would take to ensure a regular income and I'm enjoying just being at work. My colleagues are a nice friendly crowd and I feel 'useful'. Best wishes for your continuing search also.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Thanks so much! I was lucky, I used to work at Burger King when I was 16 and the same manager works at the one near my house now.
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
5 Jul 08
Latoya..don't let anyone put you down for working there ok..I say at least you are trying and want to make money... better than someone begging on the streets and pocketing the money for booze...I had to feed all my children cause the food stamp place wouldn't help in the 80's so i worked 2 jobs back to back..cleaning rich house's and doing dishes in a restaurant..just to feed 5 children..I'm proud of you and please believe it! Anyway i love eating there!Love the rasberry tea and the Indie whopper!
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@trish32 (1471)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Congrats!!! I have taken jobs that were not in my chosen field because I needed money and any job was better than no job at all. I've heard so many people complain about not having a job yet refuse to take what was available and it really ticked me off. I mean, no, working at a gas station or fast food restaurant, or whatever may not be what we would prefer, but it does pay and it's better than nothing. I say good for you for taking what's available! I bet in no time you'll find an administrative job and it will be what you've been hoping for!!!
• United States
4 Jul 08
I know a lot of people who are collecting welfare and are not putting the effort into getting a job. I personally do not want to be on welfare(I don't know how people survive on that much money..it's really not much!). I found out that 4 people were fired this week and I suggested to a couple of friends that they apply a Burger King, but they refused to work in fast food. I guess sitting at home all day and collecting welfare is easier for them. I personally could not do it.
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I know what you mean. My mom got welfare for a couple of years when my brother and I were kids. After she divorced my dad she got stuck paying most of the debts he incurred while they were married (he refused to work after the divorce and rarely worked while they were married). She worked, but needed some help until she could get the bills paid off. She didn't get much from welfare but it was the boost she needed to feed us so she could pay the bills and in about 2 years she was in a better job, off welfare and on her way to much better things. She was laid off from her job last year, but had worked her way up to being Food & Beverage Director in a 4 star hotel (a salaried management position). Many of the young women she hired needed welfare and my mom would counsel them on how to budget and save, take care of bills, etc. and on good work ethic (she believed in promoting from within and liked to see these young women succeed like she did) so that they could eventually get off welfare and be self-sufficient. Many of them did exactly that. Some, however, seemed to prefer to stay on welfare. They wouldn't take extra hours when offered, would take days off or show up late and inevitably get fired. I have a lot of respect for people who will take the help when needed while helping themselves. Needing help is not a bad thing. We all need it once in a while!
4 Jul 08
I doubt it is easier for them - but they may be worse off at BK - I know I would. People need to be more tolerant and stop assuming you are laz to be on welfare. I paid more in tax when I worked than most of the benefit clerks will earn in gross in their lifetime - so really I do deserve to claim on the system also. And you are right - it is not enough to live on either... I do what I am able and shall have to go into debt to keep the house warm if need be.
4 Jul 08
Go you - there is a discussion somewhere about fast food chains and shame - so I expect you should find that if you did not already. I can tell you do not have rent or children yet - be grateful, it meabs this job can be useful. If I took such a job I would actually be WORSE off, IE have LESS money, since the social security would stop paying my rent etc. No work stinks.
• United States
7 Jul 08
I have two children, and I pay rent, so things are really hard for me right now, I am just grateful to have this job now.
@rosema (1145)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
Hi latoyahall, congratulations for a having a job, actually it does not matter what job it is, the impoertant is you have a job and you are now earning. thanks and I hope in the future you can find a job that you really like.
4 Jul 08
totally disagree - what job it is matters - that is why I canot take such a job.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Congratulations! You might really enjoy working at Burger King. How many hours a week are you working? I work in the food industry, part time and love it. Although my job is not a fast food restaurant atmosphere, I still handle food and money. I love being and dealing with the public. Our customers are at our facility enjoying life and relaxing so it's not a workplace where we have unhappy customers. Good luck to you, carolbee
• United States
4 Jul 08
They said I will get more than 25 hours a week, so I am hoping to get full-time...fingers crossed. four people just got fired, so we'll see what happens.
• United States
4 Jul 08
Good for you! A job is a job no matter what, as long as you're earning money, then that's what counts. My sister is in her mid 20s and she is unemployed and still lives with my parents. She refuses to work and hasn't ever worked in her adult life. She fears she can't get a job besides minimum wage but hey you gotta start somewhere right? Before I was married and had kids, all my previous jobs were minimum wage. I'm fortunate to just take care of my family and cook and clean all day. It's the best job because I get paid with hugs and kisses :-) but it's not for everyone. Maybe when my kids are older, I will go back to working outside the home. I enjoy working in call centers and doing customer service over the phone. I dealt with irate customers over the phone daily but I didn't get it to me. I like working over the phone better than dealing with customers in person because that way customers don't judge and ask about my race (this was annoying when I worked as a cashier at Walmart, spanish speaking customers often asked if I spoke spanish, and others kept assuming my race, this happened every single day).
• United States
4 Jul 08
Yes, I get the same ALL the time. Although I would consider myself to be pretty fluent in Spanish and Brasilian Portuguese, I am still American, so I feel much more comfortable speaking English. People always automatically assume that I speak spanish, so that's usually how they greet me. But I am so glad to have this job, and have never been afraid to work. [b][/b]Plus I could never stay home with my kids all day, they trash the house and drive me crazy.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I used to work at BK. It was pretty fun, but my boss was a total b*tch, so I had to quit.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
4 Aug 08
congrats for getting a job, by this time you must haveb joined this. its good taht you will be earning something now.
@tigger44 (144)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Hey at least it is a job. You have to be greatful that you hve one. It is very true that jobs are hard to find. When I was working at burger king I had a co worker who had a degree in medical billing. She was working there for the very same reason you are. You just got to do what you gotta do.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Congratulations! I'm glad you found something.
@lizzyt2007 (1312)
• Craig, Alaska
29 Jul 08
I am so glad I don't work at burger King. that jobs a joke for pay or benifits. though now I can't work because everytime I get a job they fire me because I am to slow for them. I have ADD and that means I have a short attention span, and I have a learning disibility. which includes I have a hard time going very fast. It takes me a week to learn new duties for a job and the employers in the world hate that and fire me. so now what income I get now I am trying to get a bigger appartment and eventually I will start my own business at home as a person who sews clothes for children.
• Australia
4 Jul 08
congratulations i am happy you didn't feel the job was beneath you,we all have needs and one of them is food and shelter lol and don't forget the bills they keep coming earning or not,and having a degree does not always mean their is a job waiting. some employers also can take the view that having a degree makes you over quilified for certain jobs or under quilified for others its a no win situation. good luck and don't forget to smile
@roxanne271 (2035)
• Trinidad And Tobago
4 Jul 08
Hi latoya, I just want to send my congrats. I have worked at a buffet type restaurant as an assistant to the head chef before and personally as much as I love to cook I'd never want to do it again. I would love to have my own dessert catering business and work at my own pace rather than someone else's. As someone mentioned it is good to have a job because people do see you are willing to work. Happy for you!
• India
4 Jul 08
Hi friend, Congrates on your success.I know how you feel without a job.I am glad atleast you get a job now itself. Hope everything would go fine. Have a nice day.
@NettyB (336)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Do not apologize for the job you have gotten. Be thankful you got one! Actually those fast food chains pay their management very well. A lot of out-of-work people would envy you right now. I Have worked 2 full time jobs at the same time over the years, although just doing one right now, but with the price of gas and groceries going up and up and up...I am going to look for something part time real soon.
• Canada
4 Jul 08
that is true it is real hard now a days to get good job which will last. Congratulations! your hardwork has given fruit, workhard at job and keep it up.
• United States
4 Jul 08
I think just having a job is proably the best even if it's the worst out there.there alot of people out there who can't even work or get one.