Ivan Diederhoff wrote:I'm willing to do it. Michigan's jobless rate rose to 15.2% as of today!!! I keep getting told I'm overqualified.....they know I'll eventually get their job and make them earn their money!
If your body is of decent shape, I'd suggest going into the trades rather than retail. There are many benefits - you keep in shape; you get paid more; employers offer better benefits such as dental, medical, and perks such as gym memberships; can quickly turn to a very nice career; and usually despite the economy, there are always many, many jobs to do.. you will not experience hardship during hard times. Most contractors cannot keep up with all of the job demands even during a recession. Currently I earn an average of $75 - $100 per hour with all the jobs I'm scoring. That's a lot better than the $7/hr retail position.
If this is out of the question, and retail is giving you the cold shoulder with the old "over-qualified" excuse, you can hold back some details on your next job application perhaps - it's not an unheard thing to do.. However, also consider that during a recession, retailers ARE affected and may not be very interested in hiring no matter what the qualifications of the applicant are.