Anyone tried to get a 2nd job?

So it's come to the point financially where I need to get a 2nd job. I just can't afford to live on my measley salary and also pay bills - my debt to income ratio is too high. I have half-attempted to get a part-time job in the past year, but didn't have any luck. I'm about to dive head-first into trying to find a 2nd, part-time job to supplement my income so I can afford living expenses and also pay off my debt. Has anyone tried this? I don't want to discourage myself before I really try, but with the crappy economy I'm kinda having a dismal outlook.
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I did this about a year ago for almost the same reasons - wanted to clean up my debt, have extra money in savings, and also pay for part of my wedding. It was difficult, that I will admit, and I wad DEAD tired!!! But it served it purpose.

Your best bet is to go to a temp agency or else check the newspaper for PT 3rd shift work...that is what I ended up doing. Typically that comes down to cleaning jobs, factory work, or security - I did factory work. It was only a few hours, pay was 'ok', and so i stayed with that for a few months.
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I actually have a list of temp agencies that I'm going to call when I get home today. I already work 3rd shift, so if I could find something in the mornings for 4 hours or so that would be perfect. I've already anticipated being extremely tired for awhile, but if it'll help me dig myself out of debt I can handle it. I'm just kinda scared that I won't find anything since I didn't have much luck when I tried before.
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Last edited by JillH410; 02-26-2009 at 06:10 AM.
Not sure what type of work you are trying to find...

Fast Food seems to be always hiring
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Yes, I did this all last year. I was absolutely exhausted, but I managed to sock away a good chunk of change.

I work a basic 9-5, Mon. - Fri. office job, and then I got a part time retail shift on Saturdays and Sundays. You're going to be tired as hell, but here are three things I did that helped at least a tiny bit. They're not much, but when you have no days off for a year, every bit helps:

Do NOT let them schedule you on weeknights. Saturdays and Sundays were bad enough. Trying to pack a couple extra hours in on the evenings would have been torture - it's just too much of an overload. At least when my day ended M-F, I knew I could just go home. Plus, working on weeknights gets you almost no money by the time you get off your regular job - there aren't enough hours left in the evening.

Request day shifts. For whatever reason, when I did a closing or evening shift, I was 75% more tired than I was doing a day shift. Then again, I'm a morning person, not a night owl, so it may depend on you.

I don't know if you're willing to do this, or can, but for me it worked out. If I wanted to have a day off, I'd use a vacation day and take off during the week from my 9-5 job. I could only do this about once a month, so I literally only had one day off a month for a year, which sucked. But the thing was - since I was using a vacation day from my main job, I was getting paid for it. If I took a weekend day off from the crappy little weekend retail job, I just lost money.

There are all sorts of little tricks, and you might not want to use any of mine, for example, using your paid vacation time for the occassional day off - plenty of people told me I was crazy. But those worked out for me, and I did that for a year.
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Last edited by LisaF1163; 02-26-2009 at 08:14 AM.
Before you get a second job, can you work overtime at your current job?

Maybe stocking a grocery store early morning?

A friend of mine used to work her 8 to 5 job, then worked from 7 to 11 at her part time job during the week. She didn't want to work on weekends...she's done this for many years. I don't know how she does it.
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I have Fridays off, so I've also thought of doing this. I love my weekends, so I don't want to work on Saturdays or Sundays. Not sure what I want to do, but it would have to do with something I would be interested in.
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Lisa, Since I work 3rd shift I was thinking a part-time office job or retail job from like 8 - noon would work out perfect for me. Because as long as I'm in bed by 1 p.m. I can still get 8 hours of sleep. I have Fridays and Saturdays off at my regular job so I was thinking I could even work longer hours for the part-time job on Fridays and then whatever on Saturday. Sunday I'm not sure I would want to have hours on the part-time job because I have my regular job that I have to be at at 11 p.m. and I usually nap during the afternoon/evening on Sunday. I know I'm going to be tired, but if it'll help me actually be able to have extra money then it'll be worth it. I was always amazed at those people who could work 2 jobs and how they found time to do anything else. Well, with a recent breakup I don't really have a life anyway so I might as well try to work on my debt and get myself into a position where I can be better off. And I do get days on my regular job that I can use - not really a vacation day, but an earned day off with pay. I get those once a month so if need be I can use one of those if I just get too overwhelmed.

Windflower, They've cut out OT at my current job. Even though we're super busy they won't allow us to work overtime at all to save money. They've even gotten rid of styrofoam cups, utensils, Clorox wipes, pads of paper and pens to save money. Which means we have to supply our own office supplies. The company I work for isn't losing money at all - the family who owns it is just greedy. And we're the #1 company in the world in what we do. If I could just find a higher paying job elsewhere, that'd be ideal, lol.
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Hmmm...8 to 12...

What about Target, grocery store, etc.

I have never heard of a company that doesn't supply basic pens and paper. That isn't right. They don't have supply the other stuff, but if you don't have a pen and paper how are you supposed to do your job? I should not have supply my own pens and paper so that they can walk off...
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[quote=Windflower;889134]Hmmm...8 to 12...

What about Target, grocery store, etc.

I have never heard of a company that doesn't supply basic pens and paper. That isn't right. They don't have supply the other stuff, but if you don't have a pen and paper how are you supposed to do your job? I should not have supply my own pens and paper so that they can walk off...[/quote]

Our thoughts exactly. We were not happy when we were told of this. Right now we're still emptying out the old supply of paper and pens so we've got a little bit to go. But, there are major issues with the company I work for and the disappearance of office supplies only barely scrapes the surface.

I was thinking about Target - I saw they were hiring the other day when I was there. I think I'll probably stop in tomorrow after work and fill out an application. I've also applied at a couple of the universities here who were looking for part-time office help. And then I'm still going to talk to temp agencies to see if there's anything they could help me with.
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One question I do have is that in the past when I've applied for jobs I'll get the response that I'm overqualified because I have a degree. Should I leave this information off an application that I would fill out for say... Target? I wouldn't want to not put complete information, but having a degree tends to go against me when applying for a part-time job.
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One question I do have is that in the past when I've applied for jobs I'll get the response that I'm overqualified because I have a degree. Should I leave this information off an application that I would fill out for say... Target? I wouldn't want to not put complete information, but having a degree tends to go against me when applying for a part-time job.
Originally Posted by JillH410
I have read that it is OK to have several type of resumes depending on the job one is seeking. It should be find to leave off your degree for Target, grocery stores, etc.
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Do you have a quiet work space at home where you could take phone calls? There are several places out there that would let you work from home if you are interested in that type of work, taking orders from infomercials or commercials.
Do you have a quiet work space at home where you could take phone calls? There are several places out there that would let you work from home if you are interested in that type of work, taking orders from infomercials or commercials.
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