Jerry Ward
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Do you remember your very first job?

I was 17 years old and worked for a family that ran an apple orchard and bakery. I was the dishwasher. I washed the pots and pans that helped bake the most delicious apple pie I had ever tasted. This feels like such a long, long time ago and when I reflect, I realize how EASY things were for me then being so young....but I didn’t even know it! Job searching has sure changed. Ever think back to how you got started? What was your first job?

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Daniel Murphy
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I definitely agree that things were so much easier when we were younger. Less bills, less drama more time to enjoy life. Now I am always GO, GO, GO but I remember my first job. I worked as a landscaper when I was 18 in the hot heat of the summertime. It was not the best job, but I remember the awesome feeling of having my OWN money, Not money my parents or relatives gave me, but my very own. I stayed there for awhile and it helped me save for a car. Looking back it taught me how to work hard and for that I will always be grateful.

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Anthony Harrington
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I wish I had a more memorable experience like the one you had. My first job was with McDonalds.

I remember feeling so important when I put on that uniform the first time. I loved learning about the different stations "Quarter grill, reg grill, fry station, etc..."

Then there was the cleaning, unloading the trucks, and a bunch of other tasks that I was not even aware existed in fast food.

It is where I learned customer service skills, the importance of following instructions and safety protocols, it is where I made my first friends outside of school, it is where I first encountered both awesome leaders and horrible bosses. It is where I learned the value of hard work and earning my very own money. It was the job that allowed me to open my first checking account and learn to manage my own money.

I would have loved to work on an apple orchard/farm store. There was a place down the streen in Baltimore County where I grew up called Webber's Farm. Fresh produce, fruits, and baked good. And the apple cider! I wanted to work there so badly, but I was too young and by the time I was old enough to work there I was no longer living close by. I envy your experience!

Thank you for sharing, this is a great post.

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keith skeel
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Wow Jerry, good trip down memory lane. I was in high school, I worked two jobs at the same time, and played sports. One job was at Ross Corner Marathon gas station at night after practice, and you had to manually figure the sales tax on the gas. There were no computers to automatically figure it, and there were no solar calculators in the mid 70's (just plug-ins) so you had to be good in math. I cooked at Taco Tico before I went to school. I would cook huge stainless steel tubs of refried beans, you used what looked like an outboard motor to crush and mix the beans. I would make tubs of taco meat (mild, medium, hot, and extra hot). I cooked all the chicken, vegetables, and we also cooked our own taco and tostada shells. I cooked for three stores from 3:00am to 8:00am, and to school by 8:30am. I also helped my dad with deliveries on the weekends. Now multi-tasking doesn't seem bad at all. I was lucky, the work was hard, but I met a lot of good people along the way, and it set me up right. Thanks for the memories. Good Luck...

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Renee Murphy
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Yes 14 was years old and have not stop working yet , sometime I had three jobs at ont time, and still kept it moving, rising my children and enjoy life was living, now I am out of work for about six months, am I to young to draw social security right now.

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Ashley Wilson
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My first unofficial job was when I was 13. I went around to ALL of my neighbors during the fall when the leaves were piled up on their lawns and asked if I could rake everything up for $20. By the time I had finished 5 lawns I thought I was rich, haha.

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Renee Viens
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My first jobs were in high school, working in both the mail room at our school, delivering the mail to all the slots and giving care packages to kids who had received them. It was so delightful to see the look on kids' faces when they brought their note in and gave it to me while they waited for their box of goodies from home. I also worked at the school canteen where kids bought treats in our dorm--the fun and excitement of an evening snack of pizza, ice cream and candy made customer service that much more fun! Oh the days youth....fun to reflect on making people's day happier, and something to think about as we go about our jobs every day!

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Richard Jones
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I think your first job always stay with you. Mine was cleaning bathrooms at a local beach resort near where I lived at the time. It sucked, but I learned how to work hard.

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Alyssa Heiner
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I definitely remember mine. I usually consider Papa John's my first job, which I started at 16 and really enjoyed! However, I also used to do babysitting, so I guess you could consider that my first job, which I started doing at the age of 12 I think. I love kids so babysitting was always fun for me!

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