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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
I am currently in gr.10 in high school but I want to start thinking about standing out when it comes to applying for jobs and universities.
My term one average was 94, I am apart of business council, ambassadors, green council, peer tutoring, and i am a teacher's assistant outside of school ( paid).
I feel as though, I am not able to achieve the best I can do,
I want a job this summer but I can't seem to find a retail place that will hire me seeing that I have little experience.
I want to go into the business field but I cannot seem to find a job.
help relieve my pressure and stress:(
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A photo of Nyx Nyx
erm start your own business? since that's what you want to do... why look to others for a job?
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
business as in , finance and marketing:)
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
business as in , finance and marketing:)
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Sticky.
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A photo of gassergasser gassergasser
Chill man, university is still far away, enjoy the rest of your childhood(Although I am only about a year older than you..)Your ECs are really awesome though, but yeah jobs are hard to find(I've been applying everywhere and have so far only got an interview for Mcdonald's and canada's wonderland.) But don't get so stressed, you have 2 and a quarter school years to go.....
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
haha, I didn't want to work for mcdonald or wonderland, $:
ugh
where else did you apply to?
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@ccarolineh wrote
haha, I didn't want to work for mcdonald or wonderland, $:
ugh
where else did you apply to?



I applied to countless fast-food places, and some retail stores, however retail stores tend to have less positions and usually are taken by people with lots of experience or connections. Fast food can be like that, but they tend to hire people more easily....I really wanted to work at A&W though.....

But anyway don't freak out if you don't get a job with an actual company in the summer, you can always mow lawns, deliver papers, walk dogs, babysit, or even star your own business.
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
I still plan to apply to more places $:
did you apply by handing in resumes in person?
or online?
why do you want a&w so bad?
did you try tim hortons and such as well?
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
how long did you wait for a call back?
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A photo of gassergasser gassergasser

@ccarolineh wrote
I still plan to apply to more places $:
did you apply by handing in resumes in person?
or online?
why do you want a&w so bad?
did you try tim hortons and such as well?



I applied to some places in person, and some online. I applied to starbucks, but I swear they only hire people with bachelor degrees...I tried Tim Horton's too, never heard back from them and when I tried calling them they just tried finding the quickest way to hang up. I applied to most places in January, and I finally heard from Mcdonald's on Thursday. I'm also taking my NLS, which allows you to become a lifeguard, a well paying student job.

I want to work at A&W because I love their food and their culture in general...and the rootbeer.
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
haha I agree :)
yeah, i applied to all those places you applied to online as well ..
haven't heard back from anyone yet :S
should i be worried, as summer is almost coming , despite the weather?
haha i cannot do swimming stuff, :(
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Don't forget that a lot of places you apply to have a minimum age requirement.
Especially retail jobs.
A lot of retail jobs require to be either 18 or a high school graduate.
Most other jobs, especially in the food industry, just require you to be minimum wage.
A lot of retail jobs also want employees with past experience, whereas food industries are a lot more laid back.
I started working in grade 9 at Denny's since I was too young to work any kind of retail job, so definitely try more food related jobs.

P.S. To the poster who wanted to work at A&W, I had an interview for A&W and I know someone who works there, it's not all that it appears to me..
Same goes for any food related job, but money is money. :P
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
did working get into the way of your studies?
is it late to apply for fast foods now?
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
It's never too late...
Places are always hiring new people since people quit all the timeeeee.

It never really got in my way of studying because I usually start working in May when it's almost end of school and into the summer.
I even managed to work while going to summer school and I was still okay.
But it really depends on what kind of student you are.
If you're someone who knows how to manage their time well and can set a schedule for yourself that you will actually follow, it'll be fine.
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
when did you apply for a job in may?
aha thanks for the words of encouragement,
i feel so much better:)
I am going to fix up my resumee and then hand into a few places tomorrow :)
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Was that a redundant question? :P
When did I apply for jobs in May?
Did you mean WHERE?
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
whendid you apply to recieve the job :)
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Oh!
Hahaha
It was around this time.. mid-April.
You need to plan it a bit in advance so that gives the employers time to review your app/resume.. call you.. set up an interview.. do the interview.. then gotta give them some time to interview others and make a final pick.
So yeah.. around this time.
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
did you have alot of experience?
did you have alot of EC's ? :O
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
was your resume one page long?
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Well..
I'm approaching the summer of my grade 12 year..
I've been working since the summer of my grade 9 year..
so I've had 3 jobs from the till now.. 1 every year..
As for ECs.. I did Track for a few years.. currently on a dragon boating team..
I'm in Student Council..
Executive of a Non Profit Organization..
Key Volunteer for a festival..
Committee co-chair for a student conference..
and I'm a volunteer for various other clubs in and around the community :P
Nothing super impressive but ehhh.
Employers don't usually look at ECs though, mostly at other work experience.
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A photo of ccarolineh ccarolineh
but for your first two jobs how were they? your ECs wise.
seeing that you have little/no experience O:
did you only work during the summer months?
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
It's reccomended to be kept one page long.
I had it 2 pages for a while but I cut it down.

Uhmmm
in grade 9 when I started applying..
I was on the volleyball & track team
I was the sr girls bball manager..
I was a festival volunteer..
I think that was it.
Same for grade 10.

I was really only active after I moved schools.

Each job was 6+ months.. so I worked all throughout summer and a little bit into the school year.
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I applied to starbucks, but I swear they only hire people with bachelor degrees...


Ahahaha I love this.

Anyhow, getting an entry-level job, even retail is really easy. The big issue is being in the right place at the right time. I currently work at Winners/Homesense and the first time I applied they didn't even look at my application, I came in a second time when their store had signs saying they were hiring and I got the job really fast. The qualifications actually listed they wanted someone with atleast 1 year retail experience, but most of the people including myself didn't have that. (Also retail is nothing special, better than fast food, but nothing special.)

Here are some things to note:
[list][*]Apply in person. There's a much better chance you are considered. Wear something nice, ask to speak to the manager if possible.
[*]Use your friends to get an in at the place they work. They're likely to know when they're hiring, who to talk to, and you can use their name to your advantage.
[*]You don't need any special qualifications, just some good references, make sure your resume looks nice. I guess it helps to have some achievements/volunteer if you haven't had a job before.
[*]Flexibility is key. Especially since you're still a student and can only work part time till summer. Offer to be available on every day at any time possible. Don't say you have things to do half the week, or that you can only work till 9 because you need to get homework done. Work around them, don't have them work around you
[*]You said you applied in January which is major death time for all retail and most other places. Shifts get cut back alot. It's starting to really pick up now, so go re-apply everywhere, and you'll have a better chance.
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Best of luck. =)
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