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Shortest Time You've Ever Held A Job?  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3826 times:

...title's pretty self explanatory: what is the shortest amount of time you've ever formally held a job?

Was your departure voluntary or forced? What kind of job was it? Do you regret it?

Mine was working at SuperTarget-- had just gotten my first college apartment, parents weren't going to pay for it, so needed some quick income. Didn't even last 9 days, hated being there with an indescribable passion.

What say you?

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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3818 times:

Half a day. It was a rent-to-own place I worked at when I was younger. After I saw their unscrupulous business practices I went to lunch and didn't bother to come back.

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3807 times:

5 weeks at a e-commerce fulfillment company as a data entry clerk during summer vacation when I was at college. It paid okay money, but they management team had absolutely zero idea on how to effectively manage and lead people. After being told that data entry had to be performed in silence and that walkmans were banned, I got up, gathered my stuff, and walked out.

For the rest of the summer I washed cars, made a shed load of money doing it, and had a great time. Should've just done that instead of data entry.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3784 times:

Two jobs, one nearly right after the other that I worked for about 3 weeks each, while I was waiting for my start date on a new job.

The first was working for a bankruptcy trustee. I did a physical inventory of everything in the office, and got all the accounting files on the computer in order, for a company that had filed chapter 7 and dismissed all their employees.

The second was filling in for a production assistant on a movie who'd gotten sick, and they needed someone to fill his shoes quickly. Got both jobs by knowing people who knew I was just sitting around enjoying life too much for a while. For the movie job I was literally called Sunday night and on the set at 7am Monday morning.

International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8744 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3781 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
Mine was working at SuperTarget

Well, same here. Almost off my 30 days and turning in 2 weeks. Wish Target would help others out.


Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3775 times:

When I was 16 I worked at McDonalds for one hour. I saw the training video and walked out.

Minimum wage was $4.25 back then. I hadn't filled out my tax paperwork yet and received a check in the mail for $4.25.

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3424 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3765 times:

Well at an airline I got hired for the kitchen, and after completing a whole entire 4 days of working there I was officially moved to grooming. Same airline, same boss, same building, different job. They wanted me to move because they needed me more as a groomer, and I was happy to switch due to a) groomers go on the planes more and b) it saves me from that 0500 shift I was on with catering.


What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3762 times:

About two days. I had gotten a packaging job at a warehouse through a temp agency and it was really was rougher than I thought it would be. After the first day, I ended up with a pain in a wrist because of heavy repetitive motion and the second day I tried to work through the pain but couldn't so I walked off the job.

I've seen folks walk off the job at places on the first day. Some made it until the meal break and never came back, others after less than an hour. There was one job I had through a temp agency years back where we had so much turnover that the client had to use two different agencies in order to keep a full staff (The staff was only 5 people when fully staffed). Turnover was so bad that I go promoted to an assistant lead in less than two months after starting there. Being employed through a temp agency meant that one day you could get a call saying that you're off the assignment.

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3745 times:

8 Hours...working at McDonalds (when I was in school), sucked big time...I never bothered showing up for work after the 1st day.

אני תומך בישראל
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3744 times:

One month.

I worked from mid August '96 to about mid September '96 at the local Subway. The owners were losing money and had already closed their other location in Santa Fe. Since I had been the last person they hired, I was the first to be let go. The location I worked at would eventually close the following December.

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8507 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 2):
After being told that data entry had to be performed in silence

Isn't that almost a violation of human rights?

User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3713 times:

I was a receptionist for an Arabian bank way back for a few weeks in Europe, most boring job I have ever had. The head honcho only came once a week and the rest of the time I read magazines, did acupressure so I would not fall asleep, etc.. The pay was ok but it was sooo boring!

User currently offlineOverlander From Ireland, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3706 times:

I was sacked from my first job after a couple of weeks.

I collected trolleys and stacked shelves. I let a lot of people down by my behaviour of taking things for granted.

It was a salutary lesson for me in working life, one that I will never repeat again.

All the best,


It is better to travel hopefully.............but, always be prepared for the worst!
User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3706 times:

3 hours....of a 6 hour day......I was not meant to work in the restraunt industry.....they said where are you going and i said home......and left.


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

My first job was last summer. I worked at CVS Pharmacy in Millerton, NY from July 9th to August 17th. My aunt was the manager and she was cool. I had no problem with the job in general, I just decided early in August that I wanted to move back to SoCal, and so obviously, my job in NY had to end.

In that short month, a few cool things happened, including Vin Diesel popping in to buy some stuff! You should've seen the girls in the store start freaking out, it was hilarious!

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5543 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Only ever had two jobs. 4 years the first stint.

You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

A little over 2 years, if I recall correctly. Not sure how I made it that long though, as the owners were the worst people ever. Once I left, even my manager left.

User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2922 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Well, I had 2 short times.

McD's- Processed my 1st order, over the "recommended time" by 5 sec. Was bitched at by the shift manager for 10 min. Asked me if I had anything to say. I gave him the finger and left. That was say...15 min

I worked at this construction company for 7 days. I was promised $10/hour, got my check and it was done with 8.50/hr. I did heavy labor for 9 hrs a day for 8.50 an hour. I was really pissed off since I didn't like the job anyway since I was the only non-convict working at the whole job. I never bothered showing up after cashing my check.

User currently offlineSpirtofalaska From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 192 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

2 hours...

i decided quick i was NOT going to be a dishwasher for my first job....

hated it, called my mom to pick me up ( i was 14 ) and...i never went back

you fo'Coffee?
User currently offlineDeltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

Abercrombie and Fitch- Green Hills Mall (Nashville)

the job really wasnt that bad and the managers were pretty cool actually...as well as alot of the people that worked there. but they made me go recruit at my college (Vanderbilt) and the stupid ass taglines that I was supposed to use were just outrageously pathetic. I lasted a little over a month and then quit when i headed back home for the summer.

User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

6 hours. It was at Century Chrysler Plymouth on Stevens Creek. The owner was an a** and the GSM was even worse.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Actually, have one that might beat my previously-posted.... did the training-only for a teleservices company. 5 days, couldn't take anymore.

User currently offlineFrontiercpt From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 973 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

I worked with this French baker in October, for about three weeks before he made some creepy physical advances, so I quit. The pay wasn't worth his stinginess and icky contact (coming from a married man with a 6 year old daughter).  Wow! I mean, when I asked if he might pay me minimum wage, he said that I could earn "extra money" by agreeing to go to his bakery after wrapping up at the Farmers Market. As if I'm going to trust him being alone with me in a bakery on a quiet side street!  Wow!

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

Back in '99, I spent 2 weeks working for a local building company/real estate agent. Let's just say I didn't agree with their sales practices..... They seemed to be constantly in either a court or tribunal over something they'd done. I pretty much left by mutual agreement, I got another job in retail before becoming a Public Servant.

Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4960 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

Two days - working at the Pacific Internet shop in Sydney. Planned to do it part time for extra money - did two shifts, made redundant in my other job, and scored a new job that negated the need for the part time one.

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
25 Jaydub : Less than two weeks as a sales rep at North Texas Nissan in Lewisville/Corinth, Texas. Lasted 2 days on the floor after their week-and-a-half-"How To
26 FXramper : I syringed greens at my folks country club for a summer. It was a seasonal position.
27 BristolFlyer : First job was as a strawberry picker. Was fired after about 3 days for having a strawberry fight with my brother, also a picker. And I wasn't picking
28 Post contains images RichPhitzwell : In college I applied for a fast food job, one of the cashiers was hot. Basically found out she had a BF or was a complete Scotty or something to that
29 Falstaff : I worked at a McDonald's in Eureka, Missouri in 1992-1993. I left briefly, in 1992, to take a job at Shop N' Save grocery store in Ballwin, Missouri.
30 Post contains images FXramper : Dell, 3M, AMD, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Micro, Texas Monthly, AA, CO, ATT, Schlumberger, and BFI would all have corporate tournaments at the Hill
31 Trekster : 1200-1400 I used to work for a oil company, which i had done for 2 years. They said i was not working hard enough (though did a number of different jo
32 PDXtriple7 : Two and a half weeks for a mortage company. I was a telemarketer and hated it. They give me lists with dead people and didn't train me at all. I hated
33 RichPhitzwell : I have always wanted to get a bs job someplace just to see how quickly I could get fired. Im thinking fast food and cuss out the clients or something,
34 Post contains images Falstaff : The mortgage business. That is full of scum bags. Good thing you quit, who knows what kind of monster you could have turned into. I think that all th
35 Trav110 : In my summer after my sophomore year in high school I'd just gotten my car, and quit my job as a bus boy at an Italian restaurant. I was hired at a Po
36 AA777 : Wow, this makes me feel better.... A lot lot lot lot better. haha. Um, mine was 6 weeks. But thats how long it was supposed to be.... 6 week internshi
37 STLGph : I signed a contract at RTNDA in Las Vegas to go work for a tv station in __________, ________. The contract got ripped up within the hour when I would
38 CaptainJon : Four days. It was those survey people that like to bother you when eating dinner. Though mine was bothering doctors and lawyers during the day. It req
39 Ajd1992 : 10 Months. I had a paper round (Ok, not a real job..). It was once a week, the pay sucked (I worked it out, i got an average of £6.90/$13 a week) And
40 Falstaff : Way to stand your ground. A buddy of mine in college, who was working part time as a janitor, had a female coworker who wanted to have sex with him i
41 Canuckpaxguy : On of my first jobs actually. I got a job at the library (of all places!). They called my mom and left a message for me to show up at a certain time a
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