Ok so first off, I'm 18 and just graduated high school and I need money for when I go off to college since my parents have made very clear they intend to pay for nothing beyond tuition and living. I don't mind that too much, and I need the money anyway. The trouble is every time I try to talk about it with them they give me this whole schpiel about how "All the other kids would have submitted their job applications months ago and if you really cared then you would have too."
Like, really? 17 and 18 year olds submit applications months in advance for part time, hourly wage jobs? (Really, do they?)
So I just don't know...where would I start looking? I'm just a bit (completely) unfamiliar with the process, since I've never had a job before.
norly. Assuming you live in the U.S., good luck finding a job anywhere.
Assuming you're willing to work an unlivable wage though, I suppose a fast-food restaurant is not so bad. You can call them, ask to talk to the manager I would imagine.
of course... after you've worked there, you'll never be able to eat the food from there again...
Ok, a good thing to do is to get your résumé drawn up and print a dozen copies. Then you go around to everywhere you can think of and ask if they have any open positions. Go around the are that you could feasibly work in, and keep checking. I'd get a notebook and list all the places you have tried and what date you tried them, so you don't go back too often to the same ones.
Keep your eyes open, try all the independents, they are more likely to give you a second glance, and they are more likely to offer you something if they can pay you peanuts. If you have friends already in work, ask them to keep an eye open for opportunities. They might see something you'd miss.
It isn't easy, but if you persevere, if nothing else your parents might let up on you a little.
First, resume. Get a nice fucking resume. Depending on the job, get a cover letter as well. Your resume should have the following: Career Objective, work experience, awards/certificates, skills, volunteer experiences.
Looking for the right job: I don't know which country you live in, but indeed, kijiji and jobbank are the best in Canada.
I work in an office procrastinating all day and I still get a nice paycheck. I'm not even certified for this but my cover letter caught my employer's eye and I nailed the interview.
I've gotten all of my jobs by going into a business and asking the manager straight up if they've got work available. Old school fellas really seem to appreciate that sort of bare basics approach. Also, just calling them and asking to get into an interview works fine, too, though I personally favor the usual walking inside and asking to see the bossman personally.
Yes, like everyone else has said, get a Resume/CV wrote up.
I did stretch the truth a little bit on mine, but I think it's fine to do so. As long it won't end up biting you in the arse, it's good to buff up your skills a bit. (For example, I said I'm excellent with computers, whereas I'm only quite good with them. My job doesn't involve computers so I haven't got in trouble yet. I didn't go as far as saying I know 6 different languages and back flip all the way home hehe).
Don't mention watching TV or video games in your personal interest/hobbies section.
Look both online and handing in Resumes at shops. I always found looking online gave me better results, most shops would take my CV and chuck it in a bin as I left. At least online they got in touch with me even if it was to turn me down.
Don't get down if they do reject you. Just keep your chin up and keep trying. It took me 5 months of solid trying and countless interviews before I got a job.
Don't be afraid to apply for the same place twice, with a few months apart. I applied for my job 3 times before they offered me a job.
Don't be afraid to start low. You might have to work at McDonald's but in a couple of years you could potentially work your way up to management if you have the drive.
Even if you don't like the job, it's a bit more experience which is what employers are looking for.
No experience? Ask a charity shop if they're looking for volunteers. It's unpaid but you're able to get benefits and you just need a little experience with customers to get your foot in the door.
And no, most people don't apply for jobs in advance because most places got back to me within 2-3 weeks.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Find a job as a waiter or a busboy. Most places will have summer positions (assuming you won't be staying home for college), and that's really a job everyone should have at least once. If you don't have a criminal record, it will be pretty hard to get rejected.