What was your first job!?

@dafnie (382)
United States
July 12, 2007 6:32pm CST
I am 17 years old and I've applied in so many places but I still haven't gotten a job? I've never had a job before so I want to know what was your first job? I'd like to know so I could see what typees of jobs are best for youngters with no job experience!
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15 responses
• United States
15 Jul 07
Ok well I'm 21 so not much older than you ;) My first job was at your age and I became a nanny. Not a live in one - I went home every night but it was definatly fun! I got paid an average of $200/wk after taxes and all that for taking care of 2 children who were 8 and 10. It was fun helping them get their homework done and making meals but the best part was when we were goofing around watching movies etc. After that I've had trouble getting jobs as well but I work at my college bookstore. Interviews seem not to be my strong point - perhaps that could be a problem of yours as well? Oh - and don't forget to try places looking for secretarys and desk clerks! Your computer skills gathered from school could help you land one of these jobs - and if you don't already know how to use a multi line phone (say you do) get someone to teach you ... it'll take 5 min max! Good Luck!
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@dafnie (382)
• United States
15 Jul 07
wow! u sure had a great first job! i've only had one interview but they wanted me to work sundays (i was 16 years old and i didn't have a car so having a ride on sundays was the issue) so i didn't get the job. besides that, i've never been called in for a job before, i'm still waiting! can a person my age get an desk clerk job? because my computer skills are definitely a plus! thank you for the advice!
• United States
15 Jul 07
You definatly can! My friend started working an a real estate agency just working the front desk at your age. She now gets to show an occasional house (she's 20 now) while also going to school. A lot of places have day time help and then people to watch the phones etc in the after noon as well. I'm sure this would be better for you anyway :)
@Sushicook (691)
• Sweden
12 Jul 07
Hm, I guess my answer wouldn't help you much since I got two years of job experience with my education before I even started looking for one. XD Fast food restaurants might be your best shot. You're a bit too young (I think, it might be different where you live) to get into the normal restaurant or casino business. That's a good place though, a lot of smaller places look for unexperienced but willing employees, atleast here in Sweden. My boyfriend didn't have any work experience, but has been working as a Black Jack dealer for over a year now.
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@dafnie (382)
• United States
13 Jul 07
i don't even think we casino's around here! where u live is definitely different from here because kids start working at age 14 around here (grocery stores). i guess i just have to be patient!
12 Jul 07
i'm 16 and i just got my first job at old navy. my advice is when they ask you what you'll work for, say something like 6 bucks an hour or something. good luck!
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@dafnie (382)
• United States
13 Jul 07
do u mean i should ask for minimum wage? cuz in florida i think the minimum wage is a little over $7. i guess it could work. thanks!
• Philippines
14 Jul 07
hi i am fatima form the phils. I'm a fresh graduate from college with my degree ing nursing. I'm waiting for the december local licensure exam since we cannot practice our profession if without a license. Until now I don't have a good job, my friend referred me to a freelance job. We are making money online its just that it was stopped 3days ago. So just be patient ok because there are a lot of oppurtunities out there.
@dafnie (382)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Thank you! I'll be as patient as I can be, there's gotta be something out there for me! I'm sure you'll get a good job sooner or later! That makes me wonder, is knowing someone who can help you get a job within a certain field as important as a degree? i guess it's just as important to get a 'hook-up' as it is to have the education!
@tep91005 (375)
• United States
13 Jul 07
My first job was at the local Quiznos. I was 18. I was lucky and didn't have to interview for it. my boyfriends family bought it and offered me the job
@dafnie (382)
• United States
14 Jul 07
lucky you! you got in quick! hmmm, i really do like subs...
• United States
13 Jul 07
My first official job was working for the City of San Jose. Thy had a program for teenagers back when I was in high school to provide them with summer jobs working with the city doing various jobs. I actually got a job as an assistant library page at one of the local branches of the public library. It was pretty cool, all we really did all day was clean up books and re-shelve them.
@dafnie (382)
• United States
14 Jul 07
that is sooooo cool! i wish there was a program like that! maybe there i don't know! i guess i'll have to ask around! thanx! ;)
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I did a lot of babysitting and odd jobs like cleaning cabins first, but my first steady job was working in a restaurant as a dishwasher. Most fast food restaurants are probably a pretty good place to try for a job if you have no experience.
@dafnie (382)
• United States
14 Jul 07
yeah some of my friends work as fast food restaurants like "wendy's". but i don't know if i'm 'quick' enough for those types of jobs! i guess it never hurts to try! thanx! :)
@creationhub (3070)
• Malaysia
7 Mar 08
My first job was that of a survey assistant. It was a really lowly paid job plus long working hours. But at the tender age of seventeen and just having left school, I had to jump at the first opportunity. Today, I believed that education is the thing that makes us different from the rest. I worked and studied whenever I could manage the time and finance. I am a better person today because of the experiences I went through.
@Dasari100 (3803)
• Anantapur, India
20 Feb 08
Hai welcome to mylot. yes i have some experience regarding job, i am from india 23 years guy. i have worked in as a marketing manager. its was very nice in my first day in the office. are you studing ? give message ok have a nice day.
@jhanna (335)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
You have to determine first what you really love to do because you won't be successful in any job if you just report everyday to work just for the sake of doing the job. Loving what you do is different. Job is not supposed to be boring. Good luck!
@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
11 Aug 07
My first real paycheck came from the US government, working as a groundskeeper/janitor at Rhein Main Air Force Base in Frankfurt Germany when I was 16, in the summer of 1974. I don't consider the card-selling I did at 12 and 13 to be a real job, because I never made significant money on it; in fact, even other selling jobs I had as an adult (including with Avon) I never could make a living doing that - if I wasn't living at my parents at the time, I would have starved. After college I got a REAL job, but I suppose that is for another discussion ...
@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
11 Aug 07
My first job was cashier at Arby's. I was 15. When I hit 18 I worked at 7-11, then at the tourist office for our area. If you look at the website for your town or surrounding ones, you can probably find something. Towns are real good at summer jobs. Decide what you like to do and look in that area. I volunteered at the hospital for awhile. It gave me a grounding in my current career field.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
My first job was an internet-based job. It was based in Belgium. And my job was so simple but the pay was really good. My job involved me making questionnaires of 160 characters for mobile phones regarding some trivia about my country's music and sports. It was fun and I'd love to have that again. I was around 4th year college then. And my professor had a friend who worked for the company and asked her if she could recommend someone, and she recommended me because she saw I was really computer savvy. So there it goes. It was the best job ever! Too bad it was only a by-project type. =) For youngsters. You should try anything. It's good to understand how money works and how difficult it is to find money so as to appreciate the things that parents give us at an earlier age. =)
• Brazil
11 Aug 07
My first job was as a hair stylist's receptionist :)
@magnet (2087)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I got my first job when I was 16. I worked at burger king. I only made about $4.25/hr but the money really added up because I did not have any bills to pay.By the time I graduated from high school I saved a lot of money.