Leafing through the classified section of the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper, Harish sighs. “Accounting, clerical, I don't care. I just want to start somewhere. There's lots of advertisements. But there's lots of competition, too.”
Last year, Harish finished a series of computer courses in spreadsheets and databases. Surely that made me a more marketable candidate, he thinks.
But no one ever calls.
In December, he had said he would wait till January. In January, he says maybe March. In the meantime, he picks up a parttime job at Kohl's, another discount store, in its warehouse division. He hates it;it's more demeaning than the Bradlees job because he has to perform physical labor. He moves inventory for a living now, hoists it onto trucks, takes it off trucks. And one day his shift can begin at 2:00 P.M. and end at 11:00 P.M., while the next day it can start at 8:00 A.M. It makes planning for interviews—not