A job is one of those things no one wants, but everyone needs at some point. Worse yet, it is one of those things that everyone needs but not everyone can get. I have been fortunate beyond belief in this department, and I attribute a lot of it to my organization skills. In four years, I have worked approximately 10 jobs: short term, student, contracted, seasonal, and consistent. There IS a method to the madness!
Knowing where to look when applying for jobs is as important as what you say when you fill out the application. Many people take to using job posting websites. The problem with these is they require a lot of weeding through. I use indeed.com from time to time to see who has been recently looking; however, I can get four pages of babysitting jobs and things that require a Class A driver’s license all on the same search.
Another problem is job posting sites are susceptible to scams. If you want to use a job-posting site, always check the website of the company posting the job. If it uses generic stock photographs, does not have an address listed, or can only be reached by an 800 number, it may be sketchy. The best way to job hunt is to look at specific websites and make every application count.
Below is a list of places that hire first-time workers very often:
Cities are always looking for community service assistants to work their multiple community centers go to the employment section for neighboring cities for part-time jobs that don’t require previous experience.
Stores in malls are such good opportunities because they cater to young people. Knowing someone who works at a store or being a regular in that store can almost guarantee you an open spot, because they prefer to hire people they have become familiar with. This is known as networking. These jobs help you acquire customer service and money handling experience, which comes in handy for most anything you will apply for later.
Federal Work Study is a big one. Did you know that checking the box on your FAFSA saying you are interested in federal work study is never sufficient? Most people don’t. Colleges always have their own requirements before they will consider you for work study. Go to your financial aid office before accepting that you weren’t awarded.
After-school programs, such as Think Together don’t typically require a degree. Some may require that you have taken college courses, which many adults have. These jobs are part-time and give you experience organizing curriculum and interacting with children.
Teller positions also don’t require a lot. Typically they do not require more than cash-handling and customer service experience. These jobs care a lot about your ability to use basic math.
All of the jobs listed above offer first-time job seekers with beneficial experience. They each have websites with employment sections and they do not typically require much experience from first timers. Don’t forget to follow up with potential employers after submitting any applications!