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Any information or help on finding a part-time job?

Asked by JG0207 (133 points ) April 5th, 2014

Hey there squiddies! Good afternoon,
I am looking for a part-time job and I just wanted to know a bit of information or help on how to find one? I know the question is too vague, so if you would like me to re-word it a different way, let me know!

- I am currently 17 years old
– I am still in High School – 11th Grade
– Driver’s License / Permit – None
– What job am I looking for? To be honest, I do not mind the job, I am looking for ANY type of job, just a little something to get me started on saving some money for future use. I will take any job I can find, and it’s not all about the money. I see it in a way that if I work doing something I’ve never done before, then I know it will help me because I have just learned a new skill, the more I know, the better. This way, I will be prepared in the near future and knowing more, helps develop my work or social skills which is what I am truly looking for.

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rexacoracofalipitorius's avatar

Since you have no transportation, I recommend using the map feature of Craigslist when looking for work; it can show you ads in geographic relation to your own location. It’s not entirely accurate, but it’s a big help.

Many employers will be inclined to lie to you and try to push you around because you are “just a kid” to them. Do not allow this. Familiarize yourself with the employment laws of your state; I mean read the actual code, not just the employment poster. Don’t accept anything paying less than minimum wage; that would be working for a criminal. Don’t work for criminals.

janbb's avatar

Where can you get to? A local mall, gardening center, library, supermarket or fast food place? You can walk into any of these, ask if they are hiring part time help and can you fill out an application. Ask to speak to the shift manager first. amusement parks will also higher seasonal part time help.

You sound like you have a good attitude. That and a winning smile and polite manners can get you far. Good luck!

hearkat's avatar

Most part-time work for people with little-to-no job experience will offer training. The best place to start would be in your local area – consider which companies are within easy distance for you to be able to get there reliably, and then think about what types of entry-level jobs they might have. Cashiers, food service, and stocking shelves are common early jobs for most people. Ask friends and neighbors where they work and whether they might have part-tome openings at their facility – that way you might even be able to carpool.

johnpowell's avatar

Even if you are looking for a job at Taco Bell make a Resume and cover letter. I understand if you are sitting there thinking “A Resume, ludicrous, I have never had a job. What could I put on it?” You can find something. Lie if needed. Make up a business that you worked for and have a friend answer the phone if they call. Half of my resume leads to either my sister or mom.

I used to help with hiring at a movie theater and 90% of the applicants that came through had never had a job before. Applications went straight in the bin if there wasn’t a resume or cover letter. We got a lot applications. Over 10 a day, and that was in the late 90’s when everyone was hiring.

Don’t forget to ask family and friends. I would have never gotten the theater job if my roommate didn’t already work there. They loved him and pretty much hired me on the spot since he was a friend and roommate.

dxs's avatar

I was in a similar boat not too long ago. Check out the responses on this question that I asked.

DominicX's avatar

I got my first part-time job in college (working at a student store). I had ZERO job experience prior to that. Although some jobs like that will not require an actual resume, an application will still ask about experience. Since I had nothing, I tried to get some volunteering done first, because even though it was unpaid and I didn’t do it for very long, something is better than nothing. A lot of people I know started with some volunteering and for that all I had to do was sign up. And if you’ve already done some, it is something to put down. When I looked on the website for jobs, I did specifically look for ones that didn’t require a resume at first, not saying you have to do that, and there will still be an application, but it does make it a bit easier if you have no experience—then once I had that job down, I put together a decent resume.

shrubbery's avatar

I agree with writing a cover letter. Look up places that are hiring and write specific cover letters to those businesses. Eg a book store “I love reading and books so I will be very enthusiastic” blah blah. Put on your resume your extra curriculars at school and your hobbies and like if you babysit or anything that shows responsibility even if you haven’t worked before. Dress sharply, walk into the stores and ask for the manager to hand your resume over personally. Make sure one of your references is someone who will really talk you up. I once got a job based on my reference, the employer told my reference she was going to hire me before they hung up.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

When I was your age I advertised in the classified ads of the local paper looking for work. I got 3 or 4 jobs out of that, that turned into long term projects. I also rebuilt a bar. I learned as I went. The owner took me over to the town, dropped me off in the morning, and picked me up at night. Not that I’d recommend that today, but I was a naïve kid at the time and got away with it.

GloPro's avatar

The city Parks and Rec department might be hiring spring and summer umpires and refs. That’s a fun job.

Pachy's avatar

@janbb has it right. There’s nothing like “hitting the bricks.” You never know when you’ll be in the right place at the right time and actually going to the places she suggests and being seen shows proactiveness and gumpition, which employers like, and beats having your resume dumped in with dozens of others.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Nowadays, there are LOTS of volunteer positions which can evolve into regular paying employ if the individual shows that they are ready for regular employment. There is a nice zoo where I live which has an awesome volunteer program, and they move easily into paying positions pretty soon. It varies from one city to another, but places to check into would be shelters, museums, hospitals (or clinics), daycares.
As a teen, and sometimes for fun when I had time off I took funny jobs. I’ve worked for the carnival, shooting ranges I’ve operated the “pull” button, yardwork for old ladies, a small, independent print shop.
There are lots and lots of little tiny businesses which need one or two peope, but not a whole crew. It is real hard sometimes for the owner to find someone. That’s just the sort of thing to use a temp agency for. Temp agencies take huge chunks of your pay, but if you honestly want to work, and be a good employee, temp offices can be great. They put you in a variety of environments, and some of them will offer you a permanent job. It is a great way to prove yourself without previous experience.
High end retirement homes are a great place, if you enjoy people, and don’t mind that they’ve gotten incredibly slow. Some have servers to serve meals like formal dinners. I had a friend who worked at a place like that, and swore she’d never do anything else. During the day she did light housekeeping, then switched to the kitchen to finish setting up for dinner, then seving. The residents had two or three meal choices, and would write it up the day before, like hospitals. Their meals would be marked with their table number. I tried it for a few weeks, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I loved the people, but I needed more adventure.
Good luck with your search. I think it sounds like you have a very good work attitude.

JG0207's avatar

I want to thank everyone that answered, I will continue looking around. Thank you all, these are great tips and information! Have a great day.

@Jonesn4burgers @Pachy @GloPro @Adirondackwannabe @shrubbery @DominicX @dxs @johnpowell @hearkat @janbb

janbb's avatar

Let us know how you make out with your search.

JG0207's avatar

So far, I have to admit, I have not found much, but I’ve made progress. I started asking some of the closest businesses, and one offered me a job as a delivery boy. The other (which was a previous job) asked me to come by and talk to him about it. If I get one of these jobs, of course I will be very happy, but like I say, it’s not always about the money, it’s about learning and expanding your knowledge. Either one of these jobs will be good to get me a little something to spend on things that I need too, so money is not exactly the most important thing, but it will definitely help. Well enough of me (:

Thank you all for your responses, I will keep you updated.

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