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celery
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Well, I'm 17, and in desperate need of a job. I'm at the age now that I should have a job anyway, but my parents aren't too happy about giving me money anymore (I don't blame them!)

I have a car, but my parents are currently paying insurance (until I get a job and can pay them back) and are also paying cell phone bills, and money for gas. But my luck is running out and I'm desperate for a job since my parents are getting tired of handing out cash.

I don't have much work experience, except for one job I had in the summer. So it's really really hard to get a job especially with no experience. I've applied to well over 20 places, and still no job. My parents are threatening to put the car in storage until I have a job, but I need it to get to school and stuff.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to go about getting a job? Any other people my age find it difficult to get a job?
I've looked in so many classified sections, and handed out so many resumes, and I don't know what to do anymore!


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My first jobs were in retail. I worked at Younkers (a department store) with absolutely no previous experience. Of course the pay was astoundingly low, but it's a start.

Have you tried places like Target and Shopko? They tend to hire a lot of workers without much experience.

It may not be great, but it could be a start.

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JamsessionVT
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I worked for a local coffee shop for a year or two before switching to a job closer to my home (town grocers) Grocers, small shops, and some restaurants will hire requiring little to no experience.


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For a Canadian, here is a good place to start:

Jobs

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I was in that boat...but I got lucky. My dad got a kidney stone. No, really. He did.

Mom and I visited him in the Hospital, and then stopped by to see a freind of hers. Turns out they were in the middle of this huge project and the previous girl sucked at it. 2 hours to alphabetize 32 charts!

So I got my job. No interview, no application...just money. And now it's a full time gig, and I'll get a raise at the end of my 90 day period. So ask around. You'd be suprised what happens.


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Sometimes, schools can set up work-study jobs for students. Sometimes school even hire students to do light filing and reception work. What about posting fliers in the neighborhood for odd jobs? How about Craigslist? (there's a list for Toronto now)

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I'm going to be in the position of looking for a job with no experience soon. Luckily I do have education.

Connections seem to be very important. If you know people who think well of you, and those people know people who employ people, they can often hook you up with an interview and give you a good recommendation.


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i just started my job hunt 2 days ago, and i had my first interview yesterday!!! i am 18 and have never had a paying job.

what worked for me: i went to the mall that is 15 min away from my house and walked into a ton of stores and asked for a job app, one place was hireing and really need people, so i filled out my app right there in the store, then set up an interview for the next day. i still filled out the other apps at home and handed them all in when i went back for the interview, so if i don't get that job i have my foot in the door with other places.

i dont know if i got the job yet i will post if i do!!


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well not only did i get that job, but a got a 2nd job in the mall as well! (the 1st place took awile to get back to me after the interview, the 2nd place called up for an interview and hired me on the spot! then the 1st placed called me up that evening and told me i was hired!

i want to keep both jobs so i can work about 25 hours a week. i like them so far and i hope i can balence them. ^.^


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