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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:39 PM
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I applied for a social host position with Carnival 3 days ago and have not received any reply yet, but am assuming this is more than normal from a company of this size and nature.

I am a recent college graduate (B.A. in Theater) w/microphone experience, 6 mo. retail experience, have babysat in the past, and volunteered at an assisted living facility. Not only do I meet the technical requirements, but I feel that my experiences working with children and the elderly, as well as the general public (in retail) show that I have "people" skills.

I made sure I looked my best in my headshot and full length photo. I'm very clean-cut, wholesome looking...blah blah blah

My cover letter was great (got career counseling to help me out) and I could not want this position any more than I already do, but I have feared for some time now that I will never be hired because of the rumor (be it true or not) that few Americans ever get hired.

With all of my qualifications, is this probably true? After 2-3 weeks w/o reply should I resubmit (I sent both electronic and snail mail apps)? And lastly, at what point should I throw in the towel and say it's never going to happen? (although knowing myself that is probably never...I'll be 75 and still applying)

I have friends who work in the casino (diff dept. though & they are not Amer., who told me it was 2 mo. before they were contacted). Would this apply to host, seeing as it is a different branch of the co. that hires?

Any input/advice is appreciated!
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Old July 29th, 2010, 02:45 PM
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You might want to send an email to John Heald, Carnival's senior cruise director. John has a very interesting blog where you can reach him with your questions. I'm shure he would be pleased to help you out.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 03:08 PM
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Thank you so much! I'm desperate to get onboard!
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Old September 1st, 2010, 02:15 AM
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Your American passport pretty much guarantees that you will stay at the bottom of the hiring list.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 10:37 AM
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Your American passport pretty much guarantees that you will stay at the bottom of the hiring list.
Thanks for your input but I guess the world works in mysterious ways bc I just found out today (immediately before reading your response) that I was hired.
I know from your posts you have worked in the cruise industry for many years, and I respect the fact that what you say about not many Americans working on the ships is true, but your responses are very negative in general and i think you may need to consider the fact that with hard work some people do make their dreams come true. If I had listened to you, I probably would never have gotten on the ships.
Perhaps you can learn to phrase things a little more politely.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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Thanks for your input but I guess the world works in mysterious ways bc I just found out today (immediately before reading your response) that I was hired.
I know from your posts you have worked in the cruise industry for many years, and I respect the fact that what you say about not many Americans working on the ships is true, but your responses are very negative in general and i think you may need to consider the fact that with hard work some people do make their dreams come true. If I had listened to you, I probably would never have gotten on the ships.
Perhaps you can learn to phrase things a little more politely.
you go, girl
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