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Part Time Job for a 15 year old with no work experience?

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Oct 23, 2015
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Part Time Job for a 15 year old with no work experience?

I have 15+ hours of volunteering, and was in a couple of clubs. One of the things I helped take part and set up a big drama play in one of these clubs. I've applied everywhere in my area to No frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, Garden Basket, Food Basics, Wendy's and the list goes on. I've applied a several times to different places yet i still haven't gotten a job. I know people in school that ditch all the time and have no experience at all (work and/or volunteering) that have jobs. What should I do to get a job, how should i do to improve my resume, and where else should I apply? I really want a job.
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Unless you know someone. Good luck in applying online. The backhole of applications....
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Think of the Childre…
Apply in-person.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Try a temp agency to get some experience.
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wolfmaster wrote: I have 15+ hours of volunteering, and was in a couple of clubs. One of the things I helped take part and set up a big drama play in one of these clubs. I've applied everywhere in my area to No frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, Garden Basket, Food Basics, Wendy's and the list goes on. I've applied a several times to different places yet i still haven't gotten a job. I know people in school that ditch all the time and have no experience at all (work and/or volunteering) that have jobs. What should I do to get a job, how should i do to improve my resume, and where else should I apply? I really want a job.
It should be quite easy to find any minimum wage job at your age. Go to the mall with a couple dozen copies of your resume and say "May I speak to the Manager please?" Then tell the Manager you are interested in working with them. Availability is the key thing at your age. If you say your available all evenings and weekends, you are more likely to find a job. Find stores that say "Help Needed" on the door or "Now Hiring. I know kids your age that did this and got calls back the same day at Staples, and Tim Horton's.

These stores lose employees really fast and are many times desperate to hire. Don't listen to people who tell you its impossible.

Go to indeed dot com and search " part time" in the city you live in and you'll get hundreds of results, many of which don't really exist, but a hand full that do. Keep trying this and something will work out.
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Can any of those other people who have jobs already put in a good word for you? Have you had someone read over your resume to make sure there is nothing you can add/change remove to make it better?
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Usually the easiest way is if one of your friends has a job to see if they're hiring/need extra help. Given that it's part-time and often minimum wage, managers are usually pretty lax with taking in a bit of extra help.

But otherwise yes, apply in person, ask to speak to a manager and be decently dressed. Availability is important as someone said since there probably won't be much differentiating you from most other applicants except that and your attitude. Try to apply to things you think are better geared for you & your knowledge/experience. For example, if you're knowledgeable about an area, try a store that specializes in said area and stress how knowledgeable you are.
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If you have friends that have a job, ask them to give you a hand in talking to a manager.

At 15, it's not likely you will be paid the best wage, so if you can work somewhere with friends, it can be a little more tolerable.

Don't ditch school for a minimum wage job.

In 2015, it's very difficult to make a fantastic living with just your high school diploma.

Probably end like those guys on Trailer Park Boys. I know it sounds fun, but those guys always end up going to jail because their latest get-rich-quick scheme didn't work.

Having your Grade 10 done is no longer accomplishment. (Maybe it still is in Nova Scotia? :razz: Anyone upset over that needs to calm down ... it's another Trailer Park Boys reference.)

Also, take a look outside. What do you see on the ground? Leaves. Find the houses with older ladies and leaves on the property, knock on the door and offer to rake and bag their leaves for $10 or $20 a house. You won't become wealthy, but it's money in your pocket.
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Also, do you have your Social Insurance Number (or do your parents/guardians) have one for you?

You will need it if a store like Tim Horton's or No Frills will hire you.

Here is the website that tells you how to apply for it:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sin/apply/how.shtml

Maybe if you ask your parents and tell them you want to get a job, they may have someone that needs help. (They may also demand that you do unpaid chores around the house. They put a roof over your head and expect something back. The nerve of them!)
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You need at least a high school paper or GED
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Checkout all the restaurants in your area, in person. They're always looking for busboys.
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if ure a girl, dress up nice & cute..

if ur a guy or not that good looking, apply for labor jobs..
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wolfmaster wrote: I have 15+ hours of volunteering, and was in a couple of clubs. One of the things I helped take part and set up a big drama play in one of these clubs. I've applied everywhere in my area to No frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, Garden Basket, Food Basics, Wendy's and the list goes on. I've applied a several times to different places yet i still haven't gotten a job. I know people in school that ditch all the time and have no experience at all (work and/or volunteering) that have jobs. What should I do to get a job, how should i do to improve my resume, and where else should I apply? I really want a job.
Honestly McDonald's is a good opportunity at your age.

Have a couple character references on your resume, and volunteer to work evenings and weekends. Btw really good on you for getting out there and doing this.
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I bet the higher minimum wage makes them more selective and more competitive. So a 15 yr old is at a big disadvantage.
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if you were 16 i would say retail since its seasonal you can work at toys r us or something and mcdonolds
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Would someone with my experience manage to get into Tim Hortons or would it be harder? Also dont you have to be 16?
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BukLau303 wrote: if ure a girl, dress up nice & cute..

if ur a guy or not that good looking, apply for labor jobs..
Even labour jobs will need completion of high school
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wolfmaster wrote: Would someone with my experience manage to get into Tim Hortons or would it be harder? Also dont you have to be 16?
You may be able to get into Timmy Hoe's. I've noticed it's always older immigrants in there though employee wise.

I had friends when I was 15 who were working at McDicks for sure though. They did drive-thru orders from 4pm - midnight or something like that.
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george__ wrote: Even labour jobs will need completion of high school
op is asking about part time..plenty of high school student in part time job.. i giving him/her pointers on reality of industry. in customer service, looks play big role..if u not good looking better chance with labor jobs or warehouse work..
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when i was 15 i worked at superstore as price checker, wasnt to bad. From what i remember most places would not hire until 16 so if perhaps you know someone who is 15 and working try getting a job with them :)

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