Melissa Arizmendi isn’t begging for food or money, she’s camped out at the intersection of Mesa College Drive and Berger Avenue to find a job.
“I feel that if people see that I have the drive to work, they will give me the opportunity,” Arizmendi said.
Arizmendi hasn’t found a medical assistant job since graduating from Kaplan College a year ago. She went back to get trained as a phlebotomist and still doesn’t have any prospects.
Arizmendi said she wasn’t getting enough help from her school, so she decided to help herself.
She made a sign that reads: “I’m a certified medical assistant/phlebotomist. I don’t want money, I just want a job opportunity!!”and grabbed a spot near Rady Children’s Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
“I actually brought my resumes just in case someone stops. I am able to provide them with that,” Arizmendi said.
Arizmendi has been at that intersection for two days and she plans on going back until she gets a good lead.
“Nothing will keep me from my goal,” Arismendi said. “It’s something that I have a passion for, so if I have to keep standing here for hours trying to get peoples attention or an opportunity I’ll drive for that.”