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May 22

Getting My First Job

Posted By iamincontrol | May 22, 2014

Teen working at job
By Brooke

When I turned sixteen, I decided that I would like to get a part-time job. I had been babysitting off and on before that, but I wanted to get a consistent paycheck. I wanted my own money to spend any way I wanted. The problem was I really did not know where to start applying in my hometown. A family friend suggested I apply at one of the local gas stations where she worked since they were hiring. I got an application, filled it out, and waited (not so patiently) for them to call about an interview. A few days later they did call, but now the scary part was the interview itself.

I remember being so nervous I was shaking when I walked in for the interview. I had to remind myself to take some very deep breaths to calm down. I also had to remind myself to keep a smile on my face and a positive attitude. They didn’t ask very serious questions since they knew I was still in high school, and this would be my first job. Soon enough they were asking me when I would be available to come in and start training. I was elated!

I was lucky enough to get the first job I applied for, but this is not the case for everyone. I would suggest finding a job that you will enjoy, and don’t give up if it doesn’t work out the first time. Be sure to dress appropriately for the interview and to have a positive attitude. Read some more tips for acing a job interview as a teen here.

Getting my part-time job made me feel a lot more independent and proved to be one of the best decisions I made for myself in high school.

Still not sure a job is for you?  Read this IAMincontrol post for more reasons to get a part-time job.