So for starters. NO ONE WILL HIRE ME. NO ONE. Since the very day I turned 16, I’ve applied for about 50 different jobs. No one calls me back. No one. I really need a job. Ya know I see all these people with jobs who don’t really need them. I mean everyone needs a job. That’s not exactly what I mean. It’s hard to explain. My best friend just got a job at Game Stop, where I also applied, and don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy for her. But why didn’t they call me? What have I done, that it seems no one even looks at my application? Even glances at it.
I haven’t had minutes on my sh*t pre-paid phone in about a month, cause my parents can’t afford to get them. And before that I hadn’t had a phone in almost a year. NOW. HOLD THE PHONE FOR A SECOND. DON’T HANG UP. I know I sound like a spoiled brat, and think that if you want. But I KNOW, that half of you would “like die” without your cellys. Just sayin. Now all that “no phone”, “no costume”, stuff sucks. SUCKS BIG FAT MONKEY t*ts. I mean think of what it’s like. You probably don’t know. And maybe never will. Which is good for you. I’m glad. Really I am. But think about what it’s like, every time someone asks for your phone number, and you have to say “Oh my phone isn’t on right now.”, or “I’ll give it to you, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to text you back.” Think about what they must be thinking about you and your family. I mean I don’t give a sh*t about their opinions really, but I can’t pretend that it doesn’t hurt me somewhere deep inside.
The worst part about all this sh*t, something so much bigger then anyone's opinion is, asking my dad for lunch money for the week, and watching him open his wallet and pull out the only $7 he has. And hand it to me. My dad is the strongest person I’ve ever met. Mentally I mean. Well he’s strong, he could break me in half but that’s not my point. He recently hurt himself at work, almost 2 months ago, and has been fighting with them ever since to get the care he needs. That’s why he hasn’t been making enough money to pay the bills. Which I would gladly help pay, IF I HAD A JOB. Although I doubt my father would take my money. OK so I guess that’s about that. I’m quite mad at him right now though. He picked me up from my BFF's house where I’ve been all weekend. When I came out to the car he was playing with his also sh*tty pre-paid phone, looking up some news bullsh*t that’s not necessary. So I asked him respectfully, and not with any intent of being a bitch how much it cost. He told me a couple cents a minute. Which isn’t alot, but I find it unfair that he is “unable” to give my 20 bucks for a months worth of minutes on my phone yet he can do that.
I know we don’t have a lot of money that’s why I never ask for any, but that’s my point exactly. We don’t have any money, so why are you doing that?
Got a job interview next Monday, and it looks like my chances of getting it are pretty high. And got my wonderful boyfriend who will be by my side no matter what. I'd say I'm pretty happy with life right now. Which is a first. :']
Never got the job. :(
Guess I should focus on graduating my last year of high school first and then going from there.
Perhaps you should start by looking at your resume.
Since your friend got a job then perhaps you could ask her if you can take a look at her resume and compare and see if you can get some tips from it. You could also search the internet for "how to write a good resume". There is a lot of info about those things.
Didn't get my first job until I was 19. The problem was lack of experience and good references, so I went around asking companies if they were looking for someone who was willing to work for free (needed the work experience for the course I was taking anyway). Once that was over, I finally had the experience and good references. Started applying for jobs again, a week later, got my first job.
You should try to ask around a few businesses out there if they're keen for someone willing to work for free for a while (yeah, it's a real bitch, I know), get some work experience out of that. Hopefully they like you and end up hiring you. If not, at least you now have some experience and references to add to your resume for the next time you apply for a job.
I have a pre-paid tracfone that I only use for work related instances.So, I guess I'm in the half that wouldn't die without a cellphone. I do know what it's like to tell someone that I only text and don't talk on the phone because I don't want to waste minutes. Whenever someone finds out I have a tracfone, I usually get asked, why don't I get a contract phone... At time it can be a bit embarrassing, but at the end of the day, it's my money and I find that I end up saving a lot more money with a tracfone than with a contract phone. I started out volunteering when I was 17, and I have never gotten a job where I had to apply. Every job that I applied for I was denied, but then again I haven't applied for a job in 4 years. Every job that I have ever earned money for I got by knowing someone. My last job, before the one I have right now, I started out as a volunteer. I volunteered there for a year, and then after that year I asked to be a paid employee and wouldn't you know . . they hired me. Oh, and please keep in mind that if you do volunteer, work your ass off. I have seen volunteers "fired" because they think that because they volunteered that they can just half-ass it at work. If you work your ass off as a volunteer and you like working there, then ask to be a paid employee.
As people have said, look at creating a good resume sub-headings such as Personal details, Education/Qualifications, Demonstrated Compentencies, etc. Make sure you also have good character references too.
I've also heard that there can be certain things outside of an application that deter employers from hiring someone, e.g. an inappropriate email address like email@example.com or something will make most employers shy away.
I'd also suggest that you have any internet social networking accounts switched to private and that there aren't any obscene half naked photos on it. Apparently this is another technqiue companies use to assess the worthiness of candidates .
It's a couple of cents a minute. I think that is fair compared to spending the money to pay for your phone. BUT, I do understand where you're coming from thinking that you don't have the money so why waste it. I'm having the same trouble getting a job! It's frustrating. Just don't forget that your applications DO expire.
Hmmm cell phones weren't even affordable when I was your age. In fact I barely got one at 19 because I broke down on a remote road with no way to call anyone. And since he makes the money he can do what he wants with it.
If this is the way you present yourself I know as a hiring manager I wouldn't hire you at all, and I prefer people that this is their first job since you don't have to unlearn anything.
Lastly with the rules on minors getting so stringent a lot of people say they hire at 16, but really don't until you are 18. The fines for even one minute over are 10k PER OFFENCE. So if you work 3 hours and one minute on a school night you cost the company a 10,000 dollar fine, plus someone's job probably. Most people don't want to have that chance. The best place to look would be Chik-fil-a since they do a lot of hiring for teenagers. Or babysit. I used to do a lot of babysitting when I was under 16 and made really good money. You just have to find a family that needs you regularly. Then do really good and they will tell their friends about you.
Cell phones weren't around when I was your age, so I do know what it's like to not have one. I've also been broke before and it sucks.
Sorry you're frustrated with your situation. I hope things turn around. I don't know why you aren't getting any interviews ... it's hard to say without knowing more details. Jobs are scarce right now. Keep putting in applications, make sure you are well groomed and polite when you come to ask for them and make sure to mention to all of your friend and family that you're looking for something, in case they happen to stumble across an opening somewhere.