At the moment I am in the process of applying to uni, I have written my personal statement, I have selected where I want to go and what course I want to do, and I just need to pay for it now. But the whole process got me thinking a bit about my job. In my personal statement I included a bit about the jobs I have done and they ask for your employment record.
It seems to becoming a bit more of a ‘thing‘ to get a job when you are a teenager, and all of my friends have at least one job. Some of them have more. I also study economics which covers bits and bobs to do with employment so it’s something that I think needs to be spoken about more than it is. Because at the end of the day they don’t teach you in school when you should be getting a job or how to. You get this mind map of your future in your head of school, university, jobs. But that’s not the case…
I got my first job when I was 14 and it started off as a summer job, but I actually kept it for just about three years. It wasn’t the most glamorous of jobs as I was cleaning rooms in a hotel, however it taught me a lot, especially that I got my own money that I had worked for and that I could then spend. I am a spender not a saver so byeeeeee money *insert waving emoji*.
I then left that job, and started two new jobs. Lets just say I struggled to keep one of them so it was just a quick summer job, but now I work behind a bar at my local rugby club. But I absolutely love it. I love the interaction between the regulars, and my co-workers are so friendly and we have good banter. It has also given me a lot of confidence.
A lot of people, who are under 18, do struggle though to get a job. I have applied to many in the past and it is a bit of a dagger to the heart when you get rejected, especially if its your first time applying, or your first rejection. But it’s going to happen. If you are looking for your first job and want some tips on how to…. READ ON:
Have your CV ready.
If you don’t know what a CV is then it is a statement where you basically summarize yourself, your skills, any qualifications, past jobs, volunteering, hobbies to tell your employee about you. Most jobs won’t hire someone without a CV as it’s a done thing really. Once you have it though you can keep it and use it for the rest of your working life. I used my Dad’s as a basic template and I changed it a little bit to suit. Or you can find tutorials on the internet which will help you. Try and make yourself stand out to the employer. What makes you better than any other of the candidates who are applying for the role?
Don’t expect a high wage packet instantly.
With my first job, I think I got roughly £3.50 an hour. Basically not very much, but at the end of the day I was 14, and working four hours at a weekend what more do you expect? Each age bracket has different minimum wages ~~ one for under 16s, one for 18 year olds and above and then one for 21 and above. Obviously your employer might decide to pay you more, but don’t expect endless amounts.
It’s all about who you know.
I have been VERY lucky when getting a job, because all the jobs I have had I haven’t had an interview ass such because it was through people I know, or mutual contacts. Sometimes, when looking for the odd few hours every week, look out for people you know and you don’t know what might be offered to you. Obviously for bigger brands, chains or employers or people you don’t know it won’t be the same, but its a good thing to know.
A ‘no’ isn’t the end of the end of the world.
It sucks – trust me I KNOW – when you get rejected from a job you loved the look of or you have applied to. It makes you feel worthless and like “what’s wrong with me”. Everyone will go through this at some point in their life and understand. However there are obviously better jobs out there and don’t let you bring it down.
What age did you get your first job? What was it?
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