Often young people with little or no job experience think that they have no qualifications, but what they don't have is job experience. Everyone has some qualifications (or skills). If you've ever played the "Banker" in Monopoly you have the ability to make change. It is just a matter of marketing your skills rather than your experience.
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Discover Your Skills
Are you a fast typist? Can you make change quickly and accurately? Are you a hard worker? Are you good at math? Are you a people person? All of these are skills that are valued by employers. The first step is to make a list of your skills and think of jobs that may use those skills.
One Key Qualification
One key qualification is a good attitude. Employers will notice when you give your best effort and want to hire you. Be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Work hard for the pure joy of working, not just for the paycheck. Working is a learning opportunity, an adventure, an opening to do new things, meet new people and help make the world a better place.
The key to getting started in the job market is to gain experience. Start with people who already know you, like friends and neighbours. They may be more willing to give you a job if you ask. Do they have errands to run? Or jobs they need done? How about mowing the yard, baby sitting, painting trim work? Find something specific that needs to be done and ask them if you can do it. Don't just ask, "do you have a job for me?" The key in business is to find a need and fill it.
Working for a Business
Restaurants are a good place to start. A busboy or dishwasher position doesn't require much skill. Fast food restaurants require cashiers, cooks and people to clean up the table areas and kitchen. Movie theatres need ushers, ticket takers, and food concession personnel. Farms and greenhouses need labourers. Hair salons need shampooers and sweepers. Other possibilities include maids, security guards, lifeguards, laundry and dry-cleaning workers, and service station and amusement park attendants.
Another good way to gain experience is to work for a "temp" agency. They match jobs that need filling with willing workers. The work may not be consistent but you will have the opportunity to try a variety of different jobs and if an employer likes you she may offer you permanent work. Employers often see it as an opportunity to "try before they buy." But if you find yourself only working short periods, you may want to look at improving your work habits, especially if you find the temp agency is sending someone else to the job you just had last week.
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