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I think my rationale for getting a job may be hurting my chances, what should I do?

I have a B.A., worked on a presidential campaign, managed political projects, worked as a business development manager, etc. - and now I am applying for bartenders positions so that I can go back to school to do what I really want to do: photography. While going to school and interning I want a job that is both flexible and relatively high paying and bartending is just that. The problem is that employers ideally want people with no time conflicts - what should I tell them? Bartending jobs are very competitive in Los Angeles and I of course want to work at a place where the tips will be great. The interviewer always remark that this is an "interesting" career change for me which forces me to explain my rationale. I always emphasis that I NEED to make money and that my schedule will work around my job but still feel that it is hurting me. I realize that many artists in L.A. bartend and wait tables, so I my situation is not unique. Thanks in advance. They know my career history from my resume. My resume needs to be complete so that I don't have time gaps since college.

Asked By: PhotoGuynLA - 8/6/2006
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I think that being honest with the interviewer is a commendable assest to have in an employee. Surely you are not the only one that must adjust their work schedule for one reason or another... More
Answered By: bigsis - 8/6/2006
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Much luck!
Answered By: cockeyed_shot - 8/6/2006
 
Don't tell them all that first stuff, just that you are going to school to become a photographer, and so you need a job that you can do during that time.
Answered By: Loulabelle - 8/6/2006
 
Maybe you don't need to explain your entire story when interviewing for bartender jobs. Just tell them you're in school and you make great drinks.
Answered By: WildPointer - 8/6/2006
 
Answer that you are "fed up" with business and politics, and want to get an honest job.
Answered By: Ken - 8/6/2006
 
Hate to say this but I guess you'll have to lie. Once you've got the job you can work your school schedule around it, but you won't be able to do that until you have to job. I'd rather be honest, too, but that usually doesn't get you the job and you're probably the only one who isn't lying. Unless the school can do... More
Answered By: rukidding - 8/6/2006
 
bar manager wants someone committed to the job, have 2 cvs... More
Answered By: tony h - 8/6/2006
 
Well, i dont think bartending is the only job u can make alot of money doing while going to school....however, sometimes u have to just keep applying and keep applying if u put in a hundred applications, u are bound to land one of them. Sometimes it just takes time to get the job u want, dont give up... More
Answered By: pinky - 8/6/2006
 
you answer - "yes it is (an interesting career change), however I am confident that my talents and motivation for working with you will be a stong asset for your company... More
Answered By: sparksalost - 8/6/2006
 
Even if those things are true, you don't always have to be so specific about them; you might come off as desperate only for the money (which you are - but clearly you would be applying for another job if you didn't like the thought of bartending at all... More
Answered By: ear help! - 8/6/2006
 
Seeing that the job and the qualifications you had before are totally different, some would call the experiences, the two extremes of doing a political campaign and then wanting to Bartend... More
Answered By: swma76 - 8/6/2006
 
Maybe you should try online business. I don't know how much you earn as a bartender, but online business can be a good alternative and it's flexible too. Why don't you check this one. It's a job related with photography (it's for business purposes, so maybe it has nothing to do with art or anything you expect, but it'... More
Answered By: ywdjzxy - 8/6/2006
 
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