It's been a while since I put that application in, and I stopped by Dollar Tree here in Fremont to do a "follow-up" on this application with this company. I talked directly to the manager, explaining all this, standing before her out on the store floor in my little-black-business-suit-coat.
Me: "So, are these positions filled, or do you still have openings?"
Manager: As she looked at me-- no, as she looked at the wall to the right of me, she responded, "I'm good."
We were standing close to the check-out lanes, which were busy at the time, and I saw with my peripheral vision at least three heads snap around to look at her in surprise. I was thinking to myself, I must not be the only one who found her reply and/or demeanor unusual.
I cannot get a job in Fremont, Nebraska. And I state this in all seriousness. This has gone on so long, encompassing so many businesses, employment agencies, and individuals, that several people have told me they think something "out-of-the-ordinary" is going on. And we're talking all kinds of jobs. I gave up long ago on clerical jobs (I have a Business Degree). I have tried and failed to get a call-back from even the most simple jobs (kitchen jobs, motel housekeeping), jobs with the only requirements being 1) you have to be over 18; 2) you have to speak English; 3) you have to have a high school diploma. I've also NEVER received any job propositions from either of the employment agencies in town that I signed up with-- nothing, nada, zip.
Is there the smell of Discrimination in the air?...Religious Discrimination? Sex Discrimination? Age Discrimination? All three?
What is the solution?