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Old 01-06-2006, 04:35 AM   #1
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Carers or jobs for obese people?

Im curious if anyone could name some jobs that a person who is very large can do for a job.I have to get a job asap and im trying to find something that a person who is my size can do.Im just looking for suggestions maybe somebody can think of something that i havent.I really dont have any skills My last job was working at a hardware store for 9+ years.I really dont want to do that again but might have too just to make money.
It sucks being big But i cant wait a year or what ever it is going to take for me to get skinny Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:37 AM   #2
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I'm sorry to be personal, but I need more information. How big are you? Can you stand for long periods of time? Are you flexible/bend easily? Lift heavy items? Get up and down from the floor? Ladder?

Some of us are limited by our size, but some of us aren't because we can still do everything a thinner person may be able to do. My dad was shocked to see how easily I can get up and down off the floor.

With more information, I'm sure this board (but probably the lounge) will be be able to give you a lot of ideas you may not have thought of. Best wishes.
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I just went to the Gallery, and you don't look (face only) like you're too big to move easily in the workplace. Hope I didn't offend by asking. More information will help though. I'll be looking for your post.
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Well im not very comfortable telling my weight but i know i should of said it..Lets just say i have about 150 pounds to lose.im very big..I can walk around fine.Heck thats all i did at my last job.But Physical labor i can only do for a while before im out of breath..
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:48 AM   #6
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I just went to the Gallery, and you don't look (face only) like you're too big to move easily in the workplace. Hope I didn't offend by asking. More information will help though. I'll be looking for your post.
That was many pounds ago
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:55 AM   #7
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Have you tried going to a temp agency like Manpower?
They even offer insurance and some benefits I believe.

Maybe you will get some different assignments and find work and a company you like.

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Old 01-06-2006, 06:14 AM   #8
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Hey Chet!!! How about soing telephone customer service?? If you worked at a hardware store, you probably had to deal with speaking to customers. I know around here there are many "call centers" -- ya know the folks you get on the end of the line when you call to ask about your telephone service, or bank, or catalog sales, etc. Many of these places will train you on the job -- many even use "scripts" of things you say to the customer. They have all sorts of shifts and you spend most of the time in your chair with a headset on ...

EDITED TO SAY: There are even plumbing supply and other types of parts places - i.e. with a hardware slant - that have this kind of customer service telephone work!!

If I think of anything else that comes to mind I'll let you know! I was 110 over healthy weight when I started and for most of my life, so I kinow what you mean!



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Old 01-06-2006, 06:38 AM   #9
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I would say sign up with a temp agency. How are your computer skills? If you can do MS Word and Excel you should be able to get a temp job easily.

I agree with Tada working at a call service center but I don't know how many are around these days since most companies have outsourced to India etc.
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Chet- Aren't you really good with computer hardware and software? A lot of call centers need people with good skills like that for troubleshooting, etc. Even places like Comp USA and Best Buy and Geek Squad have technical people on staff that they hire to help their customers. As others suggested, temp agencies are great to at least have your name in at so they can call you if a qualified opportunity arises.
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i work in a call center, and there are many big men that work here with no problems.
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I was going to suggest a call center as well.
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IM not quite sure what a "call center" is could anyone explain a little bit.Thanks
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You know, "Call 1-800-9999999 for assistance". You'd be the guy on the phone helping people. Answering questions, taking orders for items, etc.. Not really phone solicitation where you get paid on production, but someone who helps call-ins.

What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about? Sometimes those are the best jobs to look into. Your enthusiasm could be a great asset.
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im a customer service rep for a financial firm, I use to be for a book wholesaler too. I dont make outbound calls..it is incoming. i sit at a desk all day in front of the computer and answer peoples questions and solve there problems..via training. well more training in the bookwholesale, more college knowlege within the financial firm. I have a head set and im attached to a phone that beeps in your ear when you get an incoming phone call..your stats is what your performance is based on your talk time, your available time, if you stayed within your schedule (breaks, lunches)..its very time sensitive..
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Chet - have you given any thought to going back to school so that you can position yourself better for the future? You might try going over to your local community college and talking to a career counselor....there's a lot of financial aid available to help you go back to school so I wouldn't let money stop you from pursuing this option.
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Bouncer at night club/strip club/ bar????/

They like big guys who can look mean....
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Gunsmith, believe it or not my husband took one of those mail in courses on gunsmithing and he can fix most any gun now. He does it as a hobbie, I think he likes guns as much as you do.
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School bus driver! the pay is great for just a couple hours per day. I average $15 per hour 3 hours per day. And you don't have to stand on your feet all day. Lots of people say they can't stand the kids, but I can stand anything for only one HOUR at a time.

PS..I'm assuming that you CAN pass an FBI background check and random drug testing?

I weigh 295 and one of our other drivers weighs about 400. They DID have to make some accommodations to his seat so that he could fit behind the wheel, but they were willing to make those accommodations for him. School bus drivers are ALWAYS needed. Whenever I'm home from college for a few days I can show up at the bus garage and they'll put me to work every single time. (Right now I'm driving for 10 days until I return to college on the 14th.)

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I almost hate to say this for fear of getting laughed off of the board, but here goes...

What about Walmart? I worked there for about 10 years and the work really isn't that bad. I would still be working there if my husband hadn't recently started his own business. I'm working with him now. I worked there when I used to be 150 lbs overweight as well and did just fine. The reasons I suggest Walmart (or another large retail chain) are:

*You'll get at least some exercise. While call centers are great, while trying to lose weight extra exercise is beneficial.

*They don't discriminate. Unfortunately many places discriminate against larger people.

*There are reasonably good benefits. Health insurance, paid vacations, etc...

*No college education required.

*Advancement opportunities (if you're really motivated)

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Hi Chet,
Just want to second what Vicki (msSpot) said re; school bus driver.
Old dart playing pal who is 5'7" and 360 ( I worry about him-he smokes too)has been driving a bus for years.
He hasn't seen me since I dropped 73 lbs and started bench -pressing.
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I almost hate to say this for fear of getting laughed off of the board, but here goes...

What about Walmart? I worked there for about 10 years and the work really isn't that bad. I would still be working there if my husband hadn't recently started his own business. I'm working with him now. I worked there when I used to be 150 lbs overweight as well and did just fine. The reasons I suggest Walmart (or another large retail chain) are:

*You'll get at least some exercise. While call centers are great, while trying to lose weight extra exercise is beneficial.

*They don't discriminate. Unfortunately many places discriminate against larger people.

*There are reasonably good benefits. Health insurance, paid vacations, etc...

*No college education required.

*Advancement opportunities (if you're really motivated)

Just a thought.

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I've mentioned law enforcement and security to you before. I know ALOT of over weight corrections officers. You could also dispatch.

I like the gunsmith idea!!! what about a job at the gun range? or a gun/hunting store....

I also think you would do great at anything computer related. Anything you have a intrest in is a good line of work to look at, because you will enjoy it, so you will be good at it...ya know?
How about something to do with music? a tech at a car audio place will allow you to use your computer knowledge and it's something that allows you to be around music you like...

Chet, don't let your size hold you back or make you feel like you can't do something. I know you have limitations, but there is plenty of work out there that doesn't require much physical activity. You are smart! Plenty of places will hire you!

Plus you're dead sexy.

Some of these jobs do require a few months of trade school, but you can get any PT job until you are finished with school.
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I've mentioned law enforcement and security to you before. I know ALOT of over weight corrections officers. You could also dispatch.

I like the gunsmith idea!!! what about a job at the gun range? or a gun/hunting store....

I also think you would do great at anything computer related. Anything you have a intrest in is a good line of work to look at, because you will enjoy it, so you will be good at it...ya know?
How about something to do with music? a tech at a car audio place will allow you to use your computer knowledge and it's something that allows you to be around music you like...

Chet, don't let your size hold you back or make you feel like you can't do something. I know you have limitations, but there is plenty of work out there that doesn't require much physical activity. You are smart! Plenty of places will hire you!

Plus you're dead sexy.

Some of these jobs do require a few months of trade school, but you can get any PT job until you are finished with school.
I have been searching everyday for the security jobs in my area but nothing really comes up .I think i would like that too..
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Good luck Chet. Keep on seeking it out and you'll find something you like. Everyone gave you great suggestions!
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Beware Walmart. Some stores are great. They HAVE discriminated (happened to my cousin) and they have just a few class action lawsuits going against them... including one they just lost.


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I work in a very large call center, too, and we have people of all sizes and many are very large. There are some around who are probably over 400 lbs.

I do credit card customer serivce. I am not on the phone any more, but I have worked for two other major credit card companies, as well as where I am now, taking incoming calls and answering cardholders questions about their bills. Last May I finally got to get off the phones and now answer incoming emails all day. I love it! Getting yelled at in an email is a lot more fun than on the phone ... .

I am working for a large Bank right now. If you live in or near a large city, check it out and see if there are any call centers around. The jobs do pay pretty good and have great benefits that usually start right away.
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Yes, of course you can message with questions. And there are class action lawsuits, that is true. However, I've worked at 3 Walmarts and have NEVER experienced discrimination (nor have I seen any cases of it). The lawsuits I've heard of have been more about lunch breaks and the like...working off of the clock. Again, this is something I've never witnessed personally. I won't say it's the *ideal* place to work but it sure was good for me on most levels. Not all levels but most.
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