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    • easy
    • By easy 14th Jul 17, 6:14 PM
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    17 year-old needs summer job- best way to find one?
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    17 year-old needs summer job- best way to find one? 14th Jul 17 at 6:14 PM
    OK, my son needs a summer job (We are insisting he does SOMETHING).

    He can't muster up the confidence to go out door-knocking, and he seems to think sitting down at his PC and looking online is the only way to find a job - I keep telling him that temporary/part time/unskilled work is unlikely to be posted on line.

    BUT apparently I know nothing "It isn't like it was in your day Mother" .
    However, he still hasn't got a sniff if any work.
    So please can you tell me how you/your teen/student got summer work.

    He has filed in applications for Tesco/wilkinsons - but being under 18 hampers him for the supermarkets I think.
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    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 14th Jul 17, 6:28 PM
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    I helped my daughter put together a CV and we took it around all the local shops, she handed it in and waited, within a week had a call from New Look to go in for an interview and got the job, it was never advertised.

    She did the emailing everyone thing but I tried to explain that no employer is going to be impressed by an email that takes no effort, but actually making the effort to walk into somewhere give them a brief summary of yourself with a smiling disposition would pay dividends, and it worked
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 14th Jul 17, 6:30 PM
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    but being under 18 hampers him for the supermarkets I think.
    Not necessarily. When I've been served with wine by an under 18 year old, they shout 'Code whatever' and an older staff member just looks up to see that I'm obviously not a minor and gives the nod for the sale.

    If you live in a touristy area, then hotels etc usually take on temporary staff for the summer season.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 14th Jul 17, 6:44 PM
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    Recently I've seen lots of jobs adverised on signs in windows or outside the establishment on a board but tend to agree with milliemonster's approach
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    • Eliza
    • By Eliza 14th Jul 17, 7:34 PM
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    My granddaughter went to cafes and restaurants (she had waitressed for job experience) she's 15 and walked into a job. It hadn't been advertised anywhere.

    An independent shop I used to work in also took on youngsters who came in and brought their CVs. Not advertised online or anywhere. It sounds as though footslogging is the only way to do it.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Jul 17, 8:01 PM
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    Our Explorer Scouts were told in no uncertain terms that every single one of them was employable, but it was up to them to go out & find the job. By footslogging, the prospective employer got a better idea of whom they were, how serious they were, how well they scrubbed up and so on.

    One lad who stammers wrote his own card "please don't mind the stammer, I really need the work!" and it got one offer of bar work just as they appreciated his humour & style.

    I agree loads is done online, but when it comes to finding part time work, it's largely down to shoe leather. Although one son has the offer of a gardening gig as a neighbour has seen him at work with a shovel in our garden & a colleague, hearing this, said she has a small bit of digging she'd pay for someone else to do... It may not come to anything but a tenner from someone else's wallet is good for everyone !
    • ACG
    • By ACG 14th Jul 17, 8:42 PM
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    Your son is wrong. Im 32, so probably still over the hill in your sons eyes, but I remember thinking the same when I was his age.

    Although there is probably a bit of a meet in the middle. I gave someone a job who emailed me out of the blue. I know other people who have managed to get jobs just by sending their CVs and asking for a job. Not quite the same as walking the streets knocking on doors but it is the same principle.

    When my parents had a pub, people used to walki in all the time with CVs. It does happen still.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 14th Jul 17, 9:15 PM
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    Try the supermarkets, maybe one will offer something. Last store I worked at we employed 3 under 18's so it can be done.

    Look on the websites for various shops, stores.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • MrJones1
    • By MrJones1 14th Jul 17, 10:33 PM
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    As your son spends much time in front of the PC, he should have IT skills. Maybe he is good at creating websites or do graphic design. If this is the case, he should offer his services to local businesses. Surely there are businesses out there that either have no website or have an outdated website. Then if your son has the skills, he can earn something from it. He should dress well, visit them and hand out his business cards. What's good is that business cards are not expensive and there are very catchy templates on the Internet. Just order a bunch of cards and start the work.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 15th Jul 17, 5:51 AM
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    Supermarkets will certainly take on people under 18 - it just means if they're on the till someone else has to do the age-related checking. It happened all the time when I was at Morrisons.

    Just walking down your local high street looking at the shop windows might help - people still put signs in the window for staff. Just yesterday I noticed our local newsagent needs a paper-child, and one of the cafes is looking for waiting staff.

    Motivation is the thing I think - don't be in too much of a hurry to pay for him to do fun things over the holiday. If he doesn't see the need for money he won't see the need for getting a job.
    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 15th Jul 17, 6:30 AM
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    Both of my children found jobs by walking around the town centre and handing in their CV wherever a shop window said they had a vacancy. One of them found a full time job in the time it took the rest of us to attend a Sunday morning church service. The job was a great one too and she stayed in it for a few happy years. Sometimes you just need some get up and go and a bit of luck, although being presentable and having good social skills helps too.

    Edit - this was only a few years ago too and nothing much has changed since then. Shops wouldn't put notices in windows if they didn't expect people to go in and present themselves.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 15th Jul 17, 7:34 AM
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    I'd start with the obvious - fast food places. MacDonalds shows vacancies on line and the first step is filling in an on-line application.
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 15th Jul 17, 7:43 AM
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    Both my girls found summer / Christmas work by handing in CVs. They also responded to adverts. They've both worked in retail / hospitality type jobs. We're in an area of high employment though, so shops don't find recruitment easy.

    There are restrictions on under 18s. They need specific risk assessments, their tasks are limited and they get more regular breaks than older people. That will put some employers off.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 16th Jul 17, 1:50 AM
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    The Best Job Ever for sixth formers, IMO, is working at the cinema. At least it was for my lads. Had to be 17 to start, easy work, and at theirs (it was a small chain rather than one of the large ones) they got paid throughout the shift, but could go into the staff room and do their homework in the quiet times.

    If you have a local cinema, go and ask there. They may need extra cover through the summer, and he may be able to do an evening a week through term-time.
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