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Tell us your story -- every week we will award a $25 gift certificate to our favorite!

We we would like to invite you and your friends to participate in our brand-new NSHP Forum Contest. You can win a one-of-a-kind T-shirt from threadless by telling your story. Every week we will award a $25 gift certificate to threadless for the best story of the week.

Just start a new forum discussion. Some topics to consider telling us about:

  • your worst boss - how he made you miserable, what were his most obnoxious behaviors? How long did you work for him, how did you survive it? what did you learn from the experience?
  • your worst job - tell us about the hardest job you ever had, why you did it, how long did it last, what you learned from it, how did you get out of the situation?
  • getting fired - how was it done? what was it like? how would you do it if you were the boss?
  • the hardest thing you ever did - how did you overcame the obstacles in your way? who did you get help from? how long did it take? what did you learn? how has your life changed as a result?

We also want to hear about the topics that are on your mind, so feel free to start your own discussion!

You can view the contest rules below or read my story about becoming bilingual or Vanessa's story about working in a soup kitchen. Every week we will award a $25 gift certificate to threadless for the best story of the week. Weekly winners will automatically be entered into our grand prize raffle for a chance to win a $250 Amazon certificate for the end of the year.

We can’t wait to read your stories! To post yours, click here.
--Ricardo

Contest Rules
a. you must use your photo in your profile.
b. your story must be original, written by you about your life.

Winners will be judged using the following criteria:
a. was this story just written for NSHP?
b. is it a compelling story?
c. is it personal?
d. have others commented on this story?
e. could reading this story be helpful to others?

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Comment by NSHP admin on August 28, 2008 at 2:53pm
Congratulations to Erika for being our first winner with her posting "M.A. Degree and unemployed."

More awards coming soon, make your forum post today!
Comment by Rina Rennella on August 27, 2008 at 2:53pm
My worst job ever!

I was a High School senior and needed money to buy my cap and gown, since my mother coud not afford to buy them for me. She had recently been unemployed. So I started looking for a job. I tried getting a job through the local job bank here in New York but were not lucky. So I started to ask around in school, to my teachers, and friends. One of them, Randal, from Costa Rica worked at a flower shop around my house. He told me he would ask his boss and would let me know as soon as possible.

The following day, Randal told me that he has spoken to his boss and she told him that I could stop by so she can tell me about the job. I was so excited to find out that I might get this job. So, the next day after school Randal and I rushed to the flower shop. He introduced me to his boss and she asked me how soon could I start. I told her that I could be there the next day. I asked about the salary and hours, Mrs. Kim –owner of Kim's Flower Shop – told me that the hours were from 4:00 to 8:00, and that she would pay me $2.00. I thought the pay was a bit unfair but I needed the money. And so, the next day I started that job.

Did I forget to mention that Mrs. Kim never told me what my duties would be? Well, I found out the next day that I would be cleaning the flowers as soon as they came in. by cleaning I mean, taking them out of the heavy boxes, cut them evenly, place them in water cubes, feed them and yes...get rid of the thorns! I thought I was going to work the register machine, not do the same kind of job that Randal was doing. A man's job!

I went home tired, dirty, hungry and my hands and arms covered with scratches. Proof of my hard labor. I thought to myself: "It's hard work for so little money but I have to do it." And I did. I saved enough money to buy my graduation items, and I quit right after. Why? Not only because I had made the money to buy my cap and gown, but also because I found out that she was paying the girl at the cash register $4.50 and Randal was making $4.00 for the same type of labor I was doing.

I have always been a hard working woman and that job just made me stronger and eager to better myself. After graduation, I got a job in the mail room at the factory where my mom's new job.

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