So I really need a job. And I've been looking all summer, applying at all sorts of places. Only one place called me for an interview, but then didn't call me back later. And they were looking to hire at five different franchises. I figured some of the mistakes that I made in the interview that might have messed up my chances, but that's still the only interview that I've even had. And before anyone says it's a tough market, I just want to say, not in my town. There are help-wanted signs everywhere. Some of them are as big as the window they're in, some of them are huge banners hung from the roofs of the buildings. I've applied at all sorts of these places, and still haven't gotten a call (or when I call them to check up on my application and ask if they have any questions, I'm told that the manager isn't in but will be told that I called) and still nothing. I don't have the best work history, bc when I was younger I was in this self-fulfilling-prophecy loop where I felt like I was worthless bc I had no job and no education, so I never got a job or education because I felt like I was worthless. It was a mess, and really screwed up my chances, but then I worked to change all that and my work history over the past two years is pretty good. Yeah, the work is low on the totem pole, all minimum wage burger-flipping stuff, but I mean really that's most of what I'm still applying for, and I worked hard at those jobs and did work I could be proud of, or at least as proud as a person can be over a burger. I really don't understand why I'm not getting called. My applications are filled out well, my resume looks professional enough, I provide references and due to the work I've done in the past, I know that my old employers have very little to complain about, if anything at all. So... Any tips on how to make my applications more appealing? Because I really need a job, and with my town being a college town, the job market is going to get more cutthroat as soon as fall hits, so my window of opportunity is rapidly closing.