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jobless in chicago

I’m not going to brag, but I have always been one of those people who is ideal for a summer job. I’m pretty friendly, outgoing; I maintained a high GPA in high school and for some strange reason I’m good at job interviews. My first job was at a coffee shop when I was sixteen — and coffee shop jobs are some of the hardest jobs to get, since everyone wants them.

So this summer, upon returning home from Eastman, I decided that I would go and look for a job. My first choice was working as a barista at Starbucks, since I love coffee shops and already know more or less how to make all of the drinks. The nearby Starbucks was hiring, so I stopped by and requested an application, which was smilingly handed to me. With care and precision, I filled out the application. It was a pretty solid application, too: I called coffee “not just a beverage, but a social experience” and even complimented Starbucks on their choice in background music.
Imagine my frustration when, just minutes after handing my application in, the manager comes out and tells me that, while I seem charming, they do not want to hire someone who will leave for another state within three months.

Cue a lot of annoyance and some angry music. (Well, Ben Folds and Gustav Mahler. I’m not really an angry music kind of person.)

My parents were hopeful, though! A few days ago my dad noticed that the nearby Super!Target was hiring, and my mom called and asked if “her daughter, who’s in town for the summer from college” could get a job. And the lady at Super!Target said yes.

So today my sister and I both went and applied.
My sister, who will be a senior in high school next year, was promptly interviewed and offered a job. A lady came out and told me that Super!Target was not interested in seasonal workers, had me sign about five forms, and said my sister should be done interviewing in forty minutes or so.
Now, my sister is charming and extremely intelligent and hard-working, but she is also two years younger than me and has never had a job.

This is frustrating to me for a few reasons. One, obviously, is that I am more or less an employable person who cannot find employment because of being in college. This seems silly, seeing as my school (which is not in this way unique) is an expensive place to attend, and even if I was only earning spending money, I think that it would be more needed by a college student than a high school student. Also, if you think about it, although fast turnover means more training — though Target training takes a day, if what they told my sister is correct — it allows more people to have jobs and, you know, stimulate the economy. Don’t people keep saying the economy needs stimulation? And about how teens have increasing buying power? How about actually stimulating the buying power of college students? Or allowing us to actually own some textbooks or buy cane?

Luckily, my parents felt sorry for me and are employing me themselves. For the next few months, I will be cooking dinners, doing laundry, buying groceries, cleaning bathrooms, and vacuuming for minimum wage.
They get some more free time, I get a job: it’s a win-win situation.

Take that, Starbucks and Super!Target.
And employ some of my fellow college students, for a change.


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