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Mar. 12th, 2010 | 12:55 am
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posted by: majesticmedusa in advice_source

21/F/AZ

So, here is my dilemma. Here is a preface. I have been working at Wal-mart for over two years now. I hate it. I truly, truly detest it. The people who shop there are anywhere from typical middle class mom, to bottom of the barrel crack addicts who haven't bathed in a week. Most people who shop there are very irate, for one reason or another. They don't have enough people, and they refuse to hire more. They don't even have a person in every department, so they force me and other people from my department to cover it. By the end of the day, I am running to the clock to punch out...and I have to.. lest a customer stop me. I have been putting up with it though, and just doing my best between work and school to try and apply for jobs. Of course, this is all to no avail. I haven't received a call back for an interview since November 2008. Just by luck, I couldn't make interview #2 after passing that one, and they didn't want to try and reschedule with me. Recently, I have run into a problem at work where I've been written up; and it isn't really my fault. This might become a bit long, so be prepared:
About two weeks before the college school semester started, I handed a change of availability to my supervisor. I made sure to ask him that he was the person who I gave this paper to instead of the Assistant manager. He said to me "I am your supervisor, so you give it to me.". Weeks later, I am in school, and being scheduled out of my availability. It is showing on my schedule that I am still available during when I am in class. I inform my supervisor. He says he will take care of it, we will talk about it. Apparently, he wasn't there anymore on the days that I was able to come in, so I never got to talk to him. Later, I talk to his supervisor, and the guy takes care of it for me. That was last week. I checked my schedule when I was last there on Sunday, and it is in fact showing my new availability, but guess what? I am still being scheduled even when it says 'N/A day' on the section for my availability. Also, on Sunday, I was written up. I had 17 absences since September, most of them were due to school. I informed the manager reading the write up/policies to me about this, and defended myself pretty thoroughly (without getting rude). She didn't care, just said that if I screwed up again I would be fired, due to the sheer amount of absences. Wal-mart has a pretty strict attendance policy. On a rolling schedule, at any given time within 6 months, you are absent for more than 6 days, you will be fired (unless you have bereavement or something similarly extreme). According to these folks, "I got lucky". It also turns out that when you turn in availability, it MUST be to be an assistant manager, a policy which I had never been informed of.
Another small problem, is that I happened to be extremely late on the day I was written up, but they didn't know about it. I was almost half an hour late. This was actually kind of my fault, but it was incidental that they scheduled me much, much earlier than they had in months. My body just wasn't accustomed to waking up at 7 in the morning to get to work on time, and I accidentally slept in. So, now I am paranoid that they will find that, and fire me when I come in next. If I don't get fired tomorrow, what is your opinion? Should I quit to avoid being fired, and having a bad rep? From my experience, and the experience of other friends who worked at Wal-mart, it is very hard to get a new job after (or while still at) Wal-mart, most people look down on them as a company. I think many employers think that a former Wal-mart might be some kind of creepy, mentally unstable type of person. Most of my friends and family have told me to stay there and then try to collect unemployment if they fire me. I'm worried they will try to make it look like it is my fault for having bad attendance, and I won't get unemployment. What's worse...other companies might see it as really pathetic that  I was fired from Wal-mart. Thanks to anyone who reads this, I really appreciate any advice.

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Ka

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from: hoodwink
date: Mar. 12th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Hi,

From most people that I've talked to...I have not heard good things about working for Walmart. In the mean time,I would continue to hunt for other jobs and during this process, if you do get fired or let go, you can always just say you were let go due to scheduling conflicts because that is the truth!

Have you thought about applying at Target or a similar type of job? It would suck but it would be something else to put on your resume besides Walmart. It also might be easier to get hired because of your Walmart experience. I also have worked for CVS (Pharmacy) and I've been a hostess at Bickford's (dunno if you've heard of them). See what else are your options

Have you thought about getting out of retail? Look online at Craig's List. There are other jobs out there. One that comes to mind is PCA work. Personal Care Attendants often work early morning and evenings. The schedule can be flexible, depending on who you work for. and most don't require a person to have medical experience but again, it depends on who needs the help.

There are similar jobs to help the elderly, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled for that as well. How about any jobs on campus?

I hope this gives you some ideas. You won't be in Walmart forever!

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Medusa

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from: majesticmedusa
date: Mar. 13th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
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Well, I have actually been doing all of what you just suggested already. I've looked everywhere, but had no call backs. I've been looking for less retail-oriented jobs too, even general labor. I also have other things on my resume besides Wal-mart. They are all retail or food industry. I've been working since I was about 16, and haven't been unemployed since. I usually find a new job before quitting, but with 15 credit hours at school, and trying to work having a job into my schedule, its becoming tough. I didn't get fired today...I guess I can just keep doing what I have been. I suppose it just feels hopeless, I've been actively job hunting for the past year and a half now.

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Ka

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from: hoodwink
date: Mar. 13th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
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Im in MA, so not sure how the job situation is in AZ. Good Luck! Hopefully you can escape soon!!

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Medusa

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from: majesticmedusa
date: Mar. 13th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
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Thank you for that by the way, I know it was a long thing to read. I don't want to be ungrateful. I am angry at my work is all :P.

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may i suggest...

from: smblackbird3
date: Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
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I def know how tough it is on the job market these days. I work in retail too and it sucks. Meantime, I look for jobs like everyday or every other day. Ive had luck in the past with indeed.com and simplyhired.com. I dont know if it provides listings for AZ but i believe so considering it searches by zip code. I hope we have some good luck! :P

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Medusa

Re: may i suggest...

from: majesticmedusa
date: Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I made this post over a year ago. I ended up moving back in with my parents because Walmart kept cutting my hours, and I couldnt afford my expenses. Now I'm on the job hunt in another state, heh. It was kind of you to try and help though :).

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