Melissa Clemens
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I have been looking for a job for the past few months. I've been on two interviews but I never received a call. I'm 17 about to graduate high school in the next few months. I'm currently looking for a job in fast food. I would really like a job. I'm trying to save for college next fall. Does anyone have any ideas on what might help me?

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Mariah Bliss

Hi Melissa: Thanks for posting to Jobcase! Since you're 17, I recommend looking for jobs with fast food restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery stores - these employers tend to hire teens. Once you submit your applications, you should call the employers a few days later and talk to the managers about your applications. Hope this helps!

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Linda Scott

Hi Melissa, drop them a little note or call them and ask then if they made a decision, were the interviews at the same place, if so they were interested and saw something in you, if not there are plenty fast food places out there, why fast food if I may ask? Do you like cooking and talking to people...try your local grocery store, if cooking is your passion and that's why you want to work there then learn about the products, I my self did just that, I was a cashier, grocery clerk and then the deli, as a clerk I went to the different divisions of the store and asked questions and watched, after that I opened my own snack bar, so depending what you take in college, don't get discouraged, who knows maybe someday you will manage the same fast food place!

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carlos ruiz

Hi Melissa Clemens most employers will not hire you right now because you're still in school. Employers don't want you're studies to interfere with your work schedule. In sorry but this is the reason your not getting any calls. My boss will not hire any mechanic that is still in high school and will wait until graduation ceremony is over . its a hit and miss with youngsters like yourself . You're graduating early so you don't have much competition from other students for summer work. Continue to apply for work and follow up on your applications. The day you mark on your application that you graduated you will get called in for work.

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Kevin Bacon

Do you live in a"Big City"?? If so, try and find a Bakery or Pastry shop and see if you can start working there.. Even the most, "entry level" position is a good start. I know you will need money, But you could also try being an Intern. Even if it was for 3-6 Mo's. The knowledge would be involved invaluable and then you can move on or see if they will higher you outright..

Good luck. Ciao-

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John MacKay

Melissa the most difficult job to get is the first one. Get a resume up on that highlight your education and give 2 examples or more on where you show that you are reliable and EAGER. Take 40 photocopies of that resume and then next weekend starting on Saturday you go to every single place that fits what you want to do and you go in ask for the owner, if the owner is in tell him/her how badly you want to work for them, if they are not in leave your paper work with the MANAGER AND GET A BUSINESS CARD WITH THE OWNERS NAME PHONE NUMBER. If the owner does not have a business card then get a piece of (you will bring that and 2 pens with you)paper and write that down and ask when this person usually comes into work. If you hand out your 40 resumes that way the odds of you finding a job are excellent in this situation old fashioned is best. With all of the names and telephone numbers you get call all of them, if they are not in leave a message, KEEP CALLING ALL OF THEM AND BUG THEM NICELY. You standout with this behavior ask the person that answers the phone if the owner is coming in today and what time. FINDING YOUR FIRST JOB IS A BIG JOB IN ITSELF. Feel free to contact me or connect on linkedin at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jonmackinnovations. GOOD LUCK

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Jan Fagan

Hi Melissa: I agree with Mariah and would add: If you have an amusement park within commuting distance (e.g. Six Flags) or an amusement center, those may be options as well. Also, I know that it may seem an odd idea, but peruse the Department of the Interior or your local state and federal parks departments to look for seasonal employment at park concession stands or restaurants. It's good training that will gain you experience. Also, look to the local college campuses as well as hotels (e.g. Double Tree, Marriot, Wynn, etc.) to see if they're hiring in the food services and catering departments. Summer brings tourists and the need for extra help that can get your foot into the door. They may not pay much considering you're just starting out, but it would help you in your goal to save for college. Hope this helps!

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