(I recognize that there was an earlier thread on applying to be a pizza delivery boy, but it didn't really answer my questions)
Here's the situation: I graduated with my masters in the spring. I kinda half-looked for jobs over the summer, kinda spent my time decompressing after school stress. Now the summer is over and student loans are going to start kicking in. The problem is that there has been a dearth of planning jobs in my area, and I'm not yet willing to move too far for a job because my girlfriend still has another year at school in my city. In the meantime, I'd like to get a service job to pay the bills and give me something to do.
The problem: I have no idea how to get one. I've applied to them in the past and have never heard back. I imagine my resume is scaring people because it has a masters and is full of planning-related jobs and basically makes it look like I'll drop their place as soon as something in my career comes up (which is exactly what I'll do). I could leave all that stuff off, but then it looks like I've been doing nothing at all for the last few years. There's also the problem that a lot of these places ask for references, and I'm not too keen to burn through reference goodwill for a job I don't really care about.
The question: What strategy should I take in getting a service job? What should I leave off my resume? What should I include? How do I handle references? How do I make it seem like I won't leave them for greener pastures once I get a career job? Any other tips?