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    • jackiek12

      For the last 18 months, I have been working anywhere from 35-55 hours a week at one-two serving jobs in various restaurants. I graduated in May 2013 as a triple major from Indiana University. 2 weeks ago, I moved to Colorado. Every day, I am so thankful to be living in a state that has a thriving economy, and is willing to pay it’s employees a livable wage. In Indiana, I was making $2.13/hour + tips. In Colorado, it is $4.98/hour + tips. I’ve only been working here for one week, and I am already making more hourly than I would be at a full-time job in my field in Indiana. Even entry-level positions at super markets (Whole Foods, for instance) pay over $10/hour here. Today alone, I sent out 6 resumes with letters of recommendation, none of which are in fields correlating to my degree, and got 3 call backs already. While living in Indiana, I was working dead end jobs while living in an area that would not support any of my majors. In Colorado, the economy is thriving, and employers are willing to give inexperienced candidates a chance. Despite the $40,000 worth of debt that I have acquired, I feel more secure than ever, even after moving 1,000 miles across the country. My advice to my fellow graduates, don’t necessarily limit yourself to the field that is your degree. Entry-level jobs in any field are going to give you invaluable experience that you can use for other jobs, and are definite resume builders. Start at a company, and see where it takes you. Even if you’re only there for a year, that’s still more job experience than you had before. Also, serving the last 18 months saved my life. It’s hard ass work, but it teaches you sales, marketing, patience, endurance, and hard-work - all of which any employer is going to want in their employee. Also, get letters of recommendation from every manager you have. I have two fantastic letters of recommendation under my belt, and have been getting numerous call backs on jobs because of these. Work hard and have faith. We will all get there!

    • jackiek12

      I think you all missed the point. It was made to be simple. The article doesn’t say “how to make an extravagant dinner for Valentine’s Day.” It says how to make a simple one. These are extremely budget friendly, which is awesome. Why not save money on a cheap but tasty dinner for two in the privacy of your own home, rather than spend $50+ per person to sit in a crowded, sweaty restaurant on one of the craziest days of the year? I’d rather have the home-cooked meal. Also, because these meals are so simple the cook can add whatever extras (seasonings, veggies, etc) that they want and it’s not going to harm the integrity of the dish!

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