Re: good places to work? suggestions?
Date: December 09, 2008 02:16AM
Try a front desk job at a hotel.
The bigger corporate-owned hotels like to hire college graduates, but the smaller hotels hire just about anyone even though they both pay the same wages.
Residence Inns, Comfort Inns, Westpark Hotel, etc, those are good places to work.
Other than that, if you are ambitious, you can try to get a paid internship downtown. Your school should be able to help you with that, but you'll make more money working as a front desk clerk. Or a Bank Teller, or something like that.
If you work at the front desk of a tourist hotel, you'll end up making more money from selling tickets to All About Town and all the other bus tours of DC. I worked at a hotel during college breaks where I was getting about $9 an hour (in the late 80's and early 90's) but would go home with anywhere between 60 and 150 bucks from calling in reservations for bus tours of DC. THe way it works is the bus tour companies let you take 50% of the ticket price, and then the bus companies would take the other 50% when the party boarded the bus.
It was all cash. So if I was working full time, I would be making around $20k a year as a front-desk clerk, but would be taking home up to $150 cash every night, tax-free, and was making up to another $37,000 or so off the books.
In a summer, you can make some good $$. Even over the winter break, you can still go back to school with 5 or 6 thousand, easily.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2008 02:32AM by Bob.