How do I get a job with Dodgy work history and no experience?

basically- no degree, although I have tried completing one in the past and stopped because of physical and mental health issues which were overwhelming to deal with along with going to classes full time. I'm not stupid and I am quite articulate. I am 23 and have only worked for about two years retail in high school and stopped working to go to university. I worked a few months in 2010 retail after I dropped out but it was only a seasonal position, and the only reason why I have not been able to constantly work is because of mental health issues. I had also tried going back to community college during my free time since i left university in 2008/9 and I had panic attacks while in community college, which made my anxiety worse from then on. Well recently I met a good doctor and he prescribed me some meds that are stabilizing my moods and I feel the best I've felt in years, and I'm ready to work. Thing is, I don't know how to get a job now since I've spent literally years being depressed and anxious doing nothing. I don't really have anything to put on my resume, and I never finished my AA degree either. All I've done is cashiering and although I do the job well and I get promoted easily when I do these jobs because I'm a hard worker and I try to go above and beyond what they ask of me,which is the attitude I have no matter what kind of work I'm doing as long as I'm getting paid. But I hate cashiering because it's too easy and I want a job that is more interesting. Any suggestions for me on how to get a job that is NOT Retail with the type of background I have right now? I also realize I have to go to college to get certain types of jobs, I am talking about what I can do right here right now.

Asked By: - 10/14/2012
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Sorry. I think right now your stuck at minimum wage, fast food restaurant jobs... More
Answered By: jim - 10/14/2012
Additional Answers (13)
My advice, seek a professional mental help therapist, but try to get state paid government assistance (if you got a legitimate mental problem they will help) with your mental health problems. While at the same time pursuing your degree online, you don't need to go into a class, and you can "Clep" out of subjects by... More
Answered By: john - 9/14/2013
it is about your resume style.. instead of using the usual list of job history, education etc... More
Answered By: Aries - 9/18/2013
I don't agree with Jim but I do agree with getting government jobs and taking online classes there is a place for you to turn its called "Dors" its a program for people just like you,many people have the same problems. Its okay,some of the best most successful people get depressed and have anxiety! "Dors" can help you... More
Answered By: Amber Nicole - 9/23/2013
Head to your nearest Sate Rehabilitation office or Workforce commission and they will evaluate you and asign you a career counselor. You will immediately qualify for SSI (disability and a SNAP card if you like. They also will complete a vocational assessment and assist you with job placement based on these results... More
Answered By: BETH - 9/24/2013
Go get a job...any job, and try to excell at it. You are twenty three///you have time. You are not going to finish college because you obviously are not one to stick to it enough. You can work hard and make yourself valuable wherever you decide to work...It is on more excuses
Answered By: Jim P - 10/25/2013
Don't think you have to dive in full force. Take one class at a time if that works best for you. In time the pieces will fall into place. If you are personable try sales because it pays good without a higher education.
Answered By: Alexandria LaNier - 11/13/2013
If I could add, if i were you I would get on disability. that way you will have some money coming in. it probably won't be enough to live on but it will be something. once you get your disorders under control, then try college again... More
Answered By: ╦╩Michael╩╦ - 12/1/2013
Ha Ha ... Do what I tell every college grad to do ! Lie... More
Answered By: ROB - 12/16/2013
You need to focus on going above and beyond for someone that will pay attention. I would recommend finding a startup company or small enterprise and trying one of two approaches (or some combination). Firstly try to get a personal recommendation from someone who works there or as close as you can get. In small... More
Answered By: Accredible - 12/17/2013
Thanks for sharing your personal details, but that is not necessary to discuss with an employer. Right now your focused on getting a JOB! The skills you obtained as a retail employer is TRASNFERABLE. You can add each required employer qualification bulletted under your job objective. Important, to apply for jobs... More
Answered By: Tourist - 1/31/2014
Without demonstrated skills, you're pretty much stuck doing menial jobs. It doesn't matter how you get the skills (formal training or self-learning) as long as you can demonstrate that you can do the job. If you are self-motivated, there are plenty of learning resources available on-line for free... More
Answered By: Clyph - 2/7/2014 More
Answered By: Mtaalam - 3/8/2014
Do not listen to Jim or anyone else you tells you that. Everyone has something they've worked through and it doesn't and shouldn't define you and your goals. What separates one person from the next is who controls their destiny and goes for it and who accepts the lemons given to them (whether it be depression, growing... More
Answered By: K - 3/9/2014
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