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Tristan Del Toro
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I'm a sixteen year old boy struggling to find a job. I live in a single parent home, so money isn't a thing we have a lot of the time. I'm about to turn seventeen in a few months and I have put in multiple applications and have done multiple interviews but I've been declined by all. I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. I need a job to help provide for my family. Medicaid is about to cut me off as soon as I turn seventeen. I need money. I need a job.

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michael crowe
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My grandson started working at Jack in the Box when he turned 16, he caught on real quick and now he makes more than those who have been there longer, he still goes to school and plays football during the season and did I mention he is B average.

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Irene Orozco
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Any grocery store or fast food restaurant will hire you. Don't give up trust in God first then go foward.

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Janice McCowan
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Keep looking and never give up! Don't worry about what you didn't get. Become excited about what you're going to get if you keep looking!

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Janice McCowan
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Keep looking and never give up. Don't think about what's not happening right now but keep fighting for what's ahead. "A door will open just keep turning the key."

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Jazmine Collins
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Maybe try your local Job and Family services for interview and resume help. Additionally, let teachers at your school know, people at your church, wherever you go because those are places to make connections/networks. You never know who has an opportunity for you until you speak up. Someone may own their own business or knows a connection for you elsewhere...but you have to speak up. It should get better for you once the school year comes to a close... Lots of places like to hire students during the spring and summer months. Just don't give up. It'll work out for you....just be patient son!

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Ed Newport
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Hi Tristan, you really sound like an intelligent young man. The concern most employers are probably looking at is your age! Which is the same concern they have with me, my age, the only difference is we are at opposite ends of the spectrum! The key is not to beat yourself up over your struggles. A young man your age shouldn't have to step up to the plate and take care of your family, as your are so willing to do, that is very noble! I would also like to say, the types of jobs you are applying for may have a lot to do with things. I don't know where you are from, but in Massachusetts an employer can not legally hire you to run machinery where you may get injured, so by law you may be limited as to what you can do and should apply accordingly. Have you ever thought of returning to school and looking for something part time after, yard work or something to that effect. I'm not trying to discourage you more, I just want to stress the fact of how important an education is in finding and retaining a truly good paying job so your children don't end up in the same situation, not saying they will and it is possible that you find a good paying job without, but your chances are better with an education. Think about it and you are the one who needs to decide the path you want to follow. Good luck!

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Mary Ann Barry
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Dress the part,and try the grocery stores near your, look for a need in your community

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Shalandra Rollins
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Employers think your to young with a lack of work experience. Try focusing on youth jobs that hire your age bracket.

Example: Greetings my fellow employers! I'm a student in search of a job opportunity, I need a mentor to train me so that I am able to function on an adult job on the work force.

Then tell the employers more about you, your reason for wanting to work so young, get your teachers to write a letter of recommendation, and sighn it for your proof of conduct,share your achievements in school, talk about your goals towards a career. Let them know who you are as a person.

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Julie Adsit
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Way to go mow 17 year olds wouldn't even think about supporting themselves I'm very proud of you you might consider maybe going to Job Corps that's a thought you have an education and money don't know if that fits in the game plan or not take care of kids up and again I'm proud of you I'm sure your parent is to o

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Regine Mutonji
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How are you interviewing? 100 percent of the time, how you are showing up to these interviews are the reason for no hire.

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