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    I feel your pain! We've been struggling with this. My oldest son will be 18 in February and has been looking for a job on and off since he turned 16.

    We had to create a resume, cover letter AND LinkedIn profile since some online applications want to link to the online profile. The hardest part has been that many of the jobs he applies for only accept online applications and those include a lengthy personality test and/or "can you handle this job?" test. And through all of this he has only been called for one interview. It's a running joke at our house now...that he'll never get a job.

    (He is an honor student, very active in choir, drama, robotics and volunteer work, National Honor Society, etc. so I don't think there's anything about him that would not look appealing on these applications.)

    He's very discouraged. We've told him he can't get his drivers license till he has a job to pay for insurance...and now he's almost 18 and still struggling.

    Unfortunately I think it has a lot to do with displaced adult workers needing the jobs that used to be "reserved" for young people with little to no experience. I think that's why we're seeing the requirements for resumes, cover letters, etc. I'm 43 and when I was a teen/young person applying for jobs, it was always a one-sided application and nothing more. I've spent up to 2.5 hours helping my son complete a single online application with the required testing. I think the requirements and lengthy process is a bit ridiculous for a minimum wage part time job!
    Michele, home educating since 2003

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    Wow, it must be based on location. My kids had no problem finding jobs at 15, and their former employer asks if they know anyone who wants a job.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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