Samantha McKenna was having a hard time finding a part-time job while in college, a setback that put her in a financial lurch.
“She called me, literally sobbing because she had less than $20 to pay her monthly bills,” Patti McKenna, her mother, explains. When Patti asked about Samantha’s job search, she found out her daughter had been applying for jobs by answering ads over the phone or online. Patti immediately suggested she change her recourse.
“You live in a college town,” Patti told her daughter. “It’s full of young people who are seeking employment. Businesses don’t have to waste their money on help wanted ads. Go get in the shower and get dressed in job interview clothing. Be professional, walk into businesses, and tell them you’re interested in applying for a position.”
Later that evening, following the pep talk, Samantha called her mother back, again, sobbing.
“She was frantic, not knowing what to do because she had been hired for two jobs, one part-time at a tanning salon and another as a nanny on Thursdays and Fridays,” Patti says.
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