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Information or help on finding a part-time job?

Asked by jeremy0207 (202points) February 4th, 2014

In order to find a part-time job, are there any requirements I should know about? Will it be easy, or will it be difficult finding one?

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SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I’m afraid that your question is too broad. You’ve told us nothing about your age, educational background, or experience, so it’s really impossible to answer.

I can say that if you have a good background and strong job skills, it can be amazingly easy to find a part-time job. Most job-hunters seek full-time employment with full benefits. If an employer needs something less than that, it’s very difficult to get a qualified person to take the position.

hearkat's avatar

If you are a minor, you may need to get working papers from your state. In NJ, the age is 14, and my son was able to get the application through his school guidance counselor. That was almost 9 years ago, though – so you may be able to get the information online. Do a web search for your state’s department of labor employment for minors.

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.

talljasperman's avatar

McDonalds’ requires black shoes… also google the name of the company and memorize the name of the abbreviation. You will most likely be asked many questions like: Why do you want to work for us? What pay do you want? What does A&W stand for I was told Allen and Wright, but sometimes the interviewer thinks differently.

Cruiser's avatar

Apply to a temp agency and they will place you in a job that best suits your abilities.

Smitha's avatar

Take a look on Craigslist. In addition to checking employment sites, social networking would also be a good option. There are many groups in Facebook where offers are listed in the groups. You can also mention your requirements there. You can ask your family members or friends about job opportunities at their place of employment. Try visiting local restaurants or stores and inquire about any open positions.

JLeslie's avatar

How old are you and what type of job are you interested in? Office work, retail, restaurant, there are many possibilities.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

When I was 14 or 15 I put an ad in the local paper looking for work. Any odd jobs, yard work, etc. I had multiple responders and I had work for the next few years. Some a little strange but all of it paid.

jeremy0207's avatar

@JLeslie I am 17 years old. Honestly, I will take in anything. Not just to work, but because if I do something I’ve never done before, I know on the long run it will help me out because I know I learned a new skill. The more I know, the better.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@jeremy0207 Great attitude. You go up to a perspective employer and tell them that and I’ll wager you’ll get hired right there. When I was in management that was exactly the attitude I loved to see.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@jeremy0207, you seem truly terrific, and I think you have a wonderful future ahead of you.

JLeslie's avatar

@jeremy0207 See if the retailers around you will hire at 17. Just go to the mall and go to a few stores you like. Bring the informationnfor some references. Adults who know you who will be willing to answer question about you, just saying your a good guy, trustworthy, etc. when you apply to a job often theor application has a section for references. The more complete you fill an application the better. Make sure you ask the people you want to use as references if it is ok, so they are not surprised if someone called. Maybe a neighbor, or a friend of your parents or even a teacher. I worked at a jeans store when I was 14. I shopped there and got to know the employees and then asked for a job and got it.

Also, supermarkets are usually good about hiring people under 18.

Another idea is places like Target, and I know Best Buy hires 17 year olds. Or, they did recently.

Are you taking anything in high school that might help? I took accounting in high school and worked part time doing data entry for an accountant when I was 17. I found the job in the classified section in my local paper.

Temp agencies like Manpower and Ranstad can help get you some part time work, but I don’t know if they work with people under 18 you would have to ask. If you have office skills like microsoft office they will test you to see how good you are in word, excell, etc., whatever you tell them you know how to do. temp agencies also send people out for temp jobs that are not administrative like helping with inventory or stocking shelves, all sorts of things.

I hope you find something fast. Part of fnding a job is a numbers game. Apply 10 places get two call backs and one offer (made up numbers, but you get the idea). The more places you apply the more chance you have.

Let us know if you get a job.

jeremy0207's avatar

Thank you all for your responses. I will continue to look for a job and when I find one, I will inform you!

dxs's avatar

I’m in a similar boat as you, my friend. If you want, check out this question I asked a few months ago. Good luck!

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