Surname, Sarah

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)

I applied for min. wage jobs for 6 years before someone hired me. And not just occasionally picking up an application, either. I learned ow to make a resume when I was 14, I obsessed over how to dress and what to say, I spent entire days collecting and turning in applications, other entire days calling every single place in the area trying to find ANYTHING. For 6 years. I was 21 when I was hired for my first job that wasn’t the required work study I got when I started college.

One thing I’ve learned about these jobs: it’s all fucking luck. When a job requires no qualifications and has 10+ applicants for one position, getting the job is luck. Interviews for these jobs are usually five minutes, nobody reads the resumes, there is every little you can do to increase your chances of being hired. I got into a lot of really “prestigious” schools because at least with university, you can do something to increase your chances.

And if you’re unlucky, that means your family might not eat that night. Even if you get the job, they still might ot eat, because the jobs you fight for don’t pay enough to support you.

But sure, we’re lazy.

(via peakcapitolism)

(Source: azspot)


voldemortcanyounot:

thebabbagepatch:

fearofpop:

A guy is taking his girlfriend to prom. He waits in the ticket line for a really long time but gets them. He goes to rent a limo. The rental line is really long but he eventually does it. He goes to buy her flowers. The line at the florist is really long but eventually he gets the flowers. At prom, she asks him to go get punch. He goes to the refreshment table and there’s no punchline.

you’ve got to be kidding me

I am in physical pain