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April 13, 2012


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Paul Cronin

Great post John. I remember my first job too - dishwasher! A dirty job, that led to the takeout counter and then short-order cook - I had arrived!

It is tough when adults take 2 or 3 part-time jobs today that used to go to teens. tough times.

As for advice, I say talk to people you know: the dry cleaner, the 7-11, the coffee shop you frequent, and ask if they need any help (for your kid). If you know the manager, she/he may take a look at your kid first. - that's how I got my first job.

Judith Kolva

Talk about a story! What a great way to recall memories. My first job, other than babysitting which my mother MADE me do, was a car hop at an A&W Root Beer stand. And the menu: hot dogs, popcorn, root beer, coffee, delivered by sixteen-year-old me on a tray that hooked on to your car window. But, hey, I made fifty cents an hour.

As for advice? The age-old networking, networking, networking never loses power.

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Applying for a first job was truly not so easy. But, always remember that when you are on it, it feels so good to have it.

Steve Gammill

This is such a great story that I took the idea to my own blog and my E-mag last month.
Suggest families make a game of it. Story telling should be encouraged.

John A. "John A" Warnick

That is a great suggestion Steve...I can just imagine how powerful it might be if you gathered multiple generations of a family to talk about each adult's first job experiences.

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For me getting a job at early age is good for the teens for them to be mature. They will learn the importance of hard work to get what they want.

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