So, I'm going to be at Howard in the spring. I will be turning eighteen next month, until then, I have been relegated to working fast food jobs at entry-level positions. I have been trying so hard to get a job in retail, specifically at Ann Taylor, but a job, period, would do just as well. Do people usually hire in January in DC? How much is the usual minimum wage for fast-food? retail? Are there any jobs that I can apply for online, interview by phone, and start immediately after arriving? lol. Damn right, i'm desperate. Howard is draining me for my second year, even with a 3.7 cumulative. i don't know what to do.
I have worked retail before and they dont typically hire after the holidays because most people dont shop as much from about Jan-March. But hey, you never know...its worth a try.
Pentagon City Mall, Georgetown and Prince George's Plaza Mall are good places to start looking for jobs. Fast food is okay....i wouldnt do it if I were you unless the pay is comparable to retail and I doubt it is. Most retail jobs will pay between $8-9.50 depending on your experience. Starbucks pays pretty well also.
If those dont work out for you, try a temp agency. You just take a basic skills test, let them know your availability and most job assignments pay from $10 and up.
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