Your First Job

United States
April 7, 2007 10:24am CST
Where did you work at for your first job? I don't mean babysitting or mowing lawns, I mean your first job in a place where you recieved a paycheck with taxes taken out! I worked at Golden Corral Buffet as a dishwasher. It was hard work, and I was always coming home stinky and greasy. LOL when I applied for the job, the manager said "we normally don't put girls on dish duty..." And I was like "why not? I can do it!" I learned then how freaking hard dishawashers actually have to work! I worked there for about 8 months before moving on to my second job in life. Anyway, what was your first job and ho long did you work there?
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
7 Apr 07
The first real job I had was a telemarketer for a non-profit organization trying to get people to sign up to solicit their neighbors for donations. It was for a worthy cause and I also was getting a paycheck. Needless to say, I got the very worst zones to call and most people hung up on me. I worked very hard at it for three months, but eventually I got fired because I wasn't signing up enough people. It was a real learning experience for me.
• United States
7 Apr 07
I bet telemarketing would be a very hard job to do. I would be very discouraged if people kept hanging up on me! I can't belive they would fir would someone who didn't bring in enough business. That seems very harsh ane everyone knows that the majority of the peopl do not like to be bothered with cold calling.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
My first real job was hostessing in a restauratn. I was also waitressing and serving drinks. I was only 14. I was carding people. I had no clue what to look for on their drivers license. At the same time I was working for a motel cleaning their rooms. That was 34 years ago when there was not such strict rules as they have not. We lived in El Portal which is at the gateway to Yosemite National Park.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
LOL! When I was waiting tables at a sports bar, I had many trainees tell me they didn't know what to look for on ID either. I was kind of floored. THE AGE, crazy!! But these girls had all somehow gotten their TABC server/seller licenses, that was why I was frustrated. Sometimes it was hard to do that math in your head. Half the time I told people who had birthdays in november that I couldn't serve them because I forgot when the cut-off was for legal drinking.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I had a waitressing job last summer. Although I had much experience in restaurant work an dserving food in generl, I never actually waitressed. That is one heck of a tough job! I love being involved in customer service, but I got real sick of the people being rude to me on the cook's behalf. And all that running back and forth made me feel like a slave sometimes! I wouldn't rule out being a server again, but I think I would aim for a smaller family type restaurant in the future-the one I worked at was a vacation resort. Not everyone is nice while on vacation!
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• United States
7 Apr 07
My first real job was at the local fast food/ice cream place, called Dairy Sweet. I worked there while still in high school. I ran the cash register, made the ice cream treats, ran the grill and fryers, did the dishes, stocked items... everything that goes with working at a fast food place. It was a great learning experience and also great to have my own spending money while still in high school. I was the type who never liked to ask my parents for money for anything unnecessary, so it was awesome to be able to afford things I wanted myself. I even paid for my first car out of this job. A whole $300, which I paid in installments, to a friend of the family.
• United States
11 Apr 07
Even just making the bare minimum in wage as teens, we think we are rich without a care int he world! I have alittle experience with fast food as well. My second jpb was at McDonald's, which I worked for about 6 months before moving to California after graduation. The only thing I didn't like about it is everyone is targeted to a fast paced mindset, even the customers. I definitely learned what hurry meant!
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
7 Apr 07
WOW! Washing dishes is a hard job, especially for a teenage girl. Well... It's hot, and heavy, and kind of gross. But good for you for not letting someone tell you what to do just because you are a female! My first job was as a cashier at a Sanrio store. If you aren't familiar, it is the "Hello Kitty" store. We had little quizzes each week by the manager about trivia! Mostly the store sold little things like stationary. It went bankrupt about 6 months after I started. Since we carried such small items, shoplifting was a huge problem and it eventually sunk the store. I decided I was done with retail and got a job and Papa Johns a few months later. I still love pizza, lol!
• United States
11 Apr 07
I too have worked at a pizza restaurant. Although it was hard work at times, I had a balst and came up with some great pizza combinations!! I also drove delivery for the restaurant, which was my first "tip" job. Tips are great!! And I didn't have to deal with the garbage that was going on inside with the crew and the customers. Pretty relaxed. Most people didn't complain because they knew I was the only driver. But you always have those few that are nothing but whiners!
@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I worked as an ice cream scooper at the local mall's ice cream store. I was 14. The owner was really trusting, he left me there alone all the time, I had to do the cash register at the end of the night, scoop the ice cream, make change, everything. I worked for almost a year-until we moved. Made $6.15 an hour haha!
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• United States
11 Apr 07
Wow, you were ably to get a job at age 14? Why on earth would you need to work so young? I had my first my job when I was 16. I was able to drive, so I borrowed my dad's car to get me to and from. My first wage was 10 years ago, and I earned 4.25/hour.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
7 Apr 07
Believe it or not I was actually a secretary! I spent 13 months in a Youth Training Scheme to learn to touch type and boy has it come in useful (especially on Mylot!) and I walked straight into the job, it was my first full time job with a full paycheck! It was local too so no commuting! I stayed there for 13 months in the end. It was a small but friendly company. I was 18 at the time, many many moons ago!
• United States
11 Apr 07
What a good first job. I have worked in an office setting twice in my life. The first time I was only there for about 3 weeks. The guys I worked for was cool in the beginning but after the second week, showed his stress to me and was not as nice anymore. Being the fact that I was young, and didn't really need any money anyway, I quit on the spot and left him hanging. I actually felt good about because all too often young people are treated like garbage on the job for a lack of experience. Of course nowadays, I wouldn't walk out on a job, but that is just how it panned out for me at the time.
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
7 Apr 07
My first job was for a Hallmark gift store, I worked there my senior year of high school, before moving on to the bigger world of retail......J.C.Penney's lol
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I always thought it would be really cool to work at Hallmark. I have always loved that store ever since I was alittle kid, and can always find some little treasure in there! When I got older I worked with a lady who used to work in the stationery department at Wal-Mart, and she said that working that type of place is no picnic because of how rude and disorganized customers are. I would imagine you had to deal with the same typ of thing? JCP is a great store too, one of my favorites!
@tim_un (355)
• Malaysia
11 Apr 07
i work as temporary "office boy" after graduate from secondary school while waiting for my exam results. It took about 3 months, after that i further study at college.
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• Philippines
8 Apr 07
hhm.. I started working first with 411, yes the directory inquiries and later on was transferred to 118-118, same company but with two different accounts. I worked for almost a year so familiar with "City and State pls?"
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• Philippines
8 Apr 07
well, my first job, i really cant remember it now. as far as i can remember, its was in a call center, a telemarketer i think. it was really good to work as a telemarketer because you need to make more efforts to earn money. actually the twist is, if you are able to sell the companies item, you will be able to have a percent earnings. lets say for example, if you will be able to sell 8 credit cards, your salary will be, the basic salary, is 15,000 philippine money + the 10% earnings in your selling options, most probably, you will have 17,500 philippine peso, it was really cool you know, try to work on it, its very interesting..
@jyksnow (45)
• China
8 Apr 07
My first job is a doctor and I do it twelve years.This is a job with the highest responsibility.So I felt I am very tired in my heart.
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@goldjay (465)
• United States
8 Apr 07
My first job was working at a daycamp taking care of young children over the summer. It wasnt' much of a paycheck but it was a real paycheck!
@mansha (6301)
• India
8 Apr 07
I had worked as nursery teacher in a school but left it after first term exam. It was lot of hardwork but I enjoyed it. I left it when my posting came. I had got it by giving a qualifying exam for it. my hubby was incharge of the school as it was run by army so I never got my paycheck it straight away used to go to him. I justy used ot sign the register fr recipt ,lol.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
I worked as a care worker in a nursing home for elderly people who couldn't look after themselves any more. A lot of them had mental issues and didn't know where they were or anything. It was hard work, but I loved it. We had a lot of fun moments and although the residents didn't know what they were doing sometimes, they provided us with a lot of classic moments. I left there a year later to go into retail.
• United States
8 Apr 07
My first job was at the local Burger King and I worked there for about three years, fun times.
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• Romania
7 Apr 07
my first job was on a internet cafe and it was very very atractive job
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• United States
7 Apr 07
My first job was flipping burgers at McDonalds and I stayed there for 2 years. I hated it because I would go home smelling like food and it was really hard to get that smell off of you. I also hated it because the floors were slippery and they made me wear that stupid uniform and hat. Now the McDonald's uniforms are more progressive and I'm jealous lol. But seriously you had to stand up on your feet all day and at times i would go in the freezer or hide in the stock room just to be able to rest my feet. It was a good 2-3 years before I started eating McDonalds again.
• United States
14 Apr 07
I worked at McDonald's as my second job. I think if you work at any resturant you will smell of the food there no matter what. My younger sister sould smell my dirty work clothes int h laundry each and every time (mainly commenting on my first job at Golden Corral.) I worked at McDonald's in 1997 and 1998. When did you work there? Lucky for me, I never did get burnt out on the food. I think I didn't eat it so much after I quit, but I would never despised going there if that is where my kids or friends wanted to grab a bite to eat.
@fatragu (349)
• United States
7 Apr 07
My first job was at Hardees back before they changed everything to Angus meat, which by the way is why I can't eat there anymore. I was one of the people who worked the register. I ended up having to quit when I totaled my car and didn't want the people that I worked with to be responsible for getting me to and from work like my manager suggessted.
• United States
14 Apr 07
Oh my gosh, I grew up on Hardee's and I remember how delicious their cheeseburgers and curly fries were! I can understand you not wanting to rely on someone else to have to provide transportation for you to work. At my first job, my best friend and I worked together and I always picked her up. It was no big deal to me though, because we had applied for the job togehter and got hired on together, so it worked out wel for us!
@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
7 Apr 07
My first job was at a Venture's store before they went out of business many years ago. I was training as a cashier, and I was so excited. Part of the reason is obviously the paycheck, but just having the feel of money running through your hands everyday enriches your life, believe it or not. It helped me to feel I was actually doing something. Yet the first night of training, I was wound and nervous, and I forgot to drink much water that day. Anyways, during training, I passed out and woke up on the floor with my sleeves and collar undone. I think the poor lady thought I couldn't breathe, so she told me to just lay there. I was as shocked as anybody else, because one minute I am standing there, next thing I know, I am hot but not sweaty, losing my hearing, and falling towards the floor. I think the boss lady tried to catch me. I was ambulanced home that day, and my mother gave me a glass or water and tucked me into bed. The moral of the story is to take care of yourself, otherwise you cannot take care of others at your job. I know it sounds corny, but everyone said I made an impression. lol I worked there for about 4 1/2 months because I wasn't very good at being accurate with counting money. I was only sixteen though, and eventually got my next job at A & W Restaurant, which I liked much better.
• United States
14 Apr 07
I remember Venture's! Wow, although I had forgotten about it until you had mentioned it, it has been a long time! I had great self satisfaction as well, earning my own money and knowing that it was mine to spend. Being a kid with no expenses but a few hundred dollars in pocket money was sure a great feeling! Wow, what a scary experience. Good moral to share and although it is very simple, it is moreso very true!
@Emilie88 (143)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
My first Job was at a Tim Hortons ..I really liked it as a first experience mainly because there was a LOT of student just like me that was working there ! I stayed the whole summer ..doing part time job like about 20 to 25 hours per week ! I had a great summer that year...but realized that I definatly needed to strive for a different job in life because I hated the routine part of it ! Today I am in university and I am really proud of it !
• United States
14 Apr 07
Congratualtions for being in college! That is a very great accomplicshment. I started out at a junior college, but didn't get very hard because I had to work and raise my kids. It is a hard battle doing all three! What is Tim Horton's?