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How do I find work in my area?

I am 6’2, 15 years old and a hard worker. I like a challenge and im in need of a job #bluecollar #work #career #sports #social-work #job


Ho Oisin, I tweaked your question a bit to be a bit more specific on what you're looking for Gurpreet Lally

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John’s Answer

Oisin the best way to find employment in your town or city is to use multiple strategies at once.

TIPS FOR FINDING WORK IN YOUR AERA

CHECK OUT JOB SEARCE ENGINES – While job search engines will list jobs available nearly everywhere, you can do a search for jobs just in your local area: Try using your favorite online job search engine or job board's advanced search function to specify the zip code and/or mile radius from your home that you're willing to consider. You can try a large job search engine such as:

• CareerBuilder – https://www.careerbuilder.com/browse
• Glassdoor – https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/search-engine-jobs
• Google – https://careers.google.com/jobs/
• Indeed – https://www.indeed.com/q-Search-jobs.html
• LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/
• Monster – https://www.monster.com/jobs/search/
• ZipRecruiter – https://www.ziprecruiter.com/search-jobs

LOOK FOOR JOB FAIRS – Check out career fairs in your area. Job fairs are a great way to do one-stop career shopping at a single event. Typically, the companies at a fair are based near the job fair's location, so you are guaranteed to find local jobs.

Hope this was Helpful Oisin

Thanks Dexter. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein John Frick

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Giovanni’s Answer

Hello Oisin,

With young age and with little no experience it is best to get a job at grocery store, fast food restaurant, and or small retail shop. If you pursue going to work in a restaurant it is a good opportunity to start working in a restaurant as a host and or waiter; with this you'll get a base pay with an additional tip amount of money collected from the tips received from customers. It would be a good idea to work in a small local pizzeria joint that will give you so much experience in learning many things that may be to you. These small businesses offer you the opportunity to know what customer service is and how to strengthen that skill, learn how to prepare food from scratch (fresh & organic food practices are big today), and other business operations. You'll have the opportunity to grow. This is a small example that I can speak about.

If you do decide to get a job, get a job near you. Make sure it's no more than 3-5 miles away from your home.

Thank you.

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Chad’s Answer

You are young and don't have much experience, so be flexible in what kind of work you are willing to do. And most importantly have a good positive attitude. When I was a teenager, I mowed lawns (ask around your neighborhood), and did odd jobs on home construction sites such as clean up or bringing supplies back and forth from truck to workers, etc. I also helped install wood flooring one summer. These were jobs during the summer, but during the school year you can still do construction type of work year around on the weekends. If you are interested in construction you can also apply at local hardware stores where you will get paid to learn a lot about tools, lumber, and home supplies/products.

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Brett’s Answer

Hello,
Check your local job listings or online job sites. One thing I would recommend is reaching out to your local youth centers ie Boys and Girls Club. I started as an afterschool program counselor and camp counselor and worked there for 10 years. I wouldn't trade a minute of that experience and if you are looking for a challenge, it requires a lot from a person to be in charge of others and to lead. The experiences you can create and the lives you will impact by being a role model for the children you watch will be something worth the time and effort you put in. You can make a difference in your community as well!

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Adrian’s Answer

If you don't mind hard work you so look into being a waiter or busboy at a hotel. It will teach you so many skills that you can take with you into any role in your future. it also has the added bonus of getting paid every shift. I would make $200 in tips every shift!

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Michael’s Answer

Please try to thinking a little outside the box. You should try networking with people in your targeted Industry and offer them value so you can learn and get into the door.
How - Linkedin would be my 1st choice. You can try other social network groups. Show them what you can bring and don't ask them anything in return in the beginning. Your will learn a lot and your values will increase many folds. More often then not, someone will see your contribution and offer you a position far better than expected.

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Bonnie M.’s Answer

Hi Oisin!

It sounds like you are motivated to get some experience under your belt which automatically puts you ahead of many candidates - so let that enthusiasm shine through when you talk to people. With so many experienced people facing unemployment right now it may be difficult to obtain "traditional" employment. I like others' suggestions around mowing lawns or offering to do handyman type jobs but it's also difficult to count those toward "formal experience" when you get ready to apply for a corporate job.

Instead of just randomly mowing yards - consider starting your own yard mowing business. Instead of completing odds & ends jobs for neighbors - start your own handyman business. Basically formalize anything you end up doing by going into business for yourself. Research how to do so - it's easy to set up and you don't need much money to get started. It would be great learning experience and may mean a little more when you add it as experience to your resume. Just a thought... I wish you the best of luck!

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Jane’s Answer

Homeowners often need help with maintenance like painting, yard work, projects. These may not seem like challenging jobs, but the challenge is in developing the interpersonal relationships that would allow you a chance to do some work. You have to be a little outgoing and not give up easily.

As a teenager, it was easier to get a job even forty years ago. My first job was babysitting. Then, in the summer I spent a lot of time berry picking to earn spending money. One summer we even delivered newspapers.

What kind of an area do you live in? What kind of work do people in your area do for a living? Let everyone know you are looking for work, family, friends, neighbors.

Best wishes.

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Zein’s Answer

A good place to start is letting people like your family & neighbours know you are looking for job and if they hear of something to let you know. Usually people need help with yards, cleaning out garages, babysitting, washing/waxing cars etc Its a great way to build your network and references.

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joann’s Answer

Because you are young with no work experience, maybe you should start with sacking at grocery store, fast food or lawn work.

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Brenda’s Answer

You are really young with no experience so I would consider working for someone who does lawn maintenance, landscaping or mowing, pet sitting or walking especially for people who are older and can't get out much during this time. If you get your drivers license soon you could run errands for people. In the summer lifeguarding is good if they open up the pools much this summer any after the coronavirus dies down some. I would also check around places like Home Depot or Lowes to see if they need help with stocking supplies. After you turn 16 and are driving I would check with fast food delivery. My son did this and made a lot off of tips.

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Clarice’s Answer

Have you looked at any job boards? I would encourage you to search the internet for jobs in your area. I hope this helps.

HI Clarice, this is a great idea! Do you have any job board recommendations that could help the student get started on their hunt? Gurpreet Lally

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Megan’s Answer

Hi Osin,

I think it’s awesome that you’re staring your search for a job early on! You tagged that you were interested in sports jobs, and I currently work for the Warriors G League team.

I think it would be so valuable for you to reach out to Athletic Directors at any local high schools. Ask if you can shadow them because you are interested in working in sports and would love to see and learn about their job and how they got to where they are!

Ultimately, at your age I would try to make as many connections as possible and just reach out to people in positions you may be interested in in the future! It can only help!

Hope this helps and best of luck!

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Earl’s Answer

Being 15 you will run into some labor laws in your state that will define what jobs you are allowed to do, as well as what hours you will be allowed to work.

I recomend going to your State and County's labor sites and checking these items out to find out first where you will be allowed to apply and help you gauge what types of jobs to focus your attention on as certain jobs like construction can require 18 or over age brackets in some states, as well as hour restrictions that could influence the distance you would be willing to travel to go to work. As an exe most states note that minors under the age of 18 may not work between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., but some have tighter restrictions and some have less.

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Taylor’s Answer

Try looking here:
https://www.mass.gov/topics/finding-a-job
Good luck! :)

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Patsi’s Answer

Hello Oisin,

It’s great to know that you are a hard-worker and willing to do almost anything. Even in today’s COVID pandemic environment, there are still quite a few companies out there that have part-time as well as full-time opportunities, some of which are offering bonuses and benefits. However, the problem might lie with your age. Many restaurants are not hiring at present. My suggestion would be to try some local garden centers. This time of year, they can use a lot of help with planting, hauling and gardening. Fulfillment centers, such as Amazon and Wal-Mart might also be options for you. If I were you, I would try performing a search for job listings in your area and see what comes back. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Be persistent … if at first, you don’t succeed, just keep trying.

Best of luck in your quest to finding a good job.

~Patti

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Oisin,

I would recommend looking for work in supply chain. Many facilities need the help and are even working overtime.

Thanks,
Blake

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Brett’s Answer

Hello,
Check your local job listings or online job sites. One thing I would recommend is reaching out to your local youth centers ie Boys and Girls Club. I started as an afterschool program counselor and camp counselor and worked there for 10 years. I wouldn't trade a minute of that experience and if you are looking for a challenge, it requires a lot from a person to be in charge of others and to lead. The experiences you can create and the lives you will impact by being a role model for the children you watch will be something worth the time and effort you put in. You can make a difference in your community as well!

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Valerie’s Answer

Be proud of you and your energy and stay motivated. As many answered already, you are still very young and can start with whatever is needed.

Print some papers (if you have a printer) and drop it at your neighbors? My son got around 10 "clients" a few years ago with yard work, babysitting work (even him being a boy). Some might call you in a few months only. Once you start with anything, start a resume already to remember everything you did. This will always impress your next employer. Build your "life-experience" this way. I prefer to call it life experience, rather than resume. I feel this is what we need right now. People like you are needed!

You could eventually also look for "Workaway.org" and see if there are a few opportunities around you? You can learn some great skills with Workaway. You help people and meet people. If you feel too young for that, keep this in mind for in a few years!


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