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    Default Your kids applying for jobs!

    OK. The last time I applied for a job... it was still 1994 and you went in, asked if they were hiring or replied to paper ad. Filled out a paper application and went home, hoping they would call.

    FF to DH applying AFTER he went to trade school, etc. and we had to create a cover letter, a resume, etc. but not only had he had life experience, but past job experience and college/career field experience. Plus he was applying for a job in his career field.

    NOW, the boys are 18 and 19. We allowed them a gap year to chill. Oldest is almost up with his. He has no clue on WHAT he wants to do for a career. Not sure about college. He is my I am done with school kid. He is looking for jobs, like at Joann's Fabrics or Winco Foods for now.

    Since I am not up on how to do this nowadays. It has spots for resume/cover letter attachment.
    Does he need that when he is applying for a retail/cashier job or cart fetcher? I mean honestly. The kid would pick up litter, fetch carts, etc.

    He just needs to get out and get some job experience and get out of the house.
    So, input please!
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    Resume and cover letter? Yes. Are you applying for them? Lol I hope not!
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    HAHA. Nope. I am just helping them fill it out. Guess we will be working on a resume and cover letter this week.
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    yes, resume and cover letter. No freaking idea why as every boss at retail I've ever had does nothing with them and barely remembers crap on the application much less the resume and cover letter, but there you have it. The stupidity of modern hiring.

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    Wow, that seems a bit of overkill. For the jobs my kids had, they simply filled out a typical application--prior work, schooling, references. I agree with Aselvarial, no one is really going to look at them for that level of job. Do something simple but honest.
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    I asked DH last night - he does a lot of hiring for the restaurant. He said it depends on how many applicants they have. He might hire a dishwasher, busser, or host, no experience, with an application and interview, but if they have a lot of applicants the ones with resumes and cover letters go to the top of the pile because it looks like they put an effort in.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Good to know!
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    I asked DH last night - he does a lot of hiring for the restaurant. He said it depends on how many applicants they have. He might hire a dishwasher, busser, or host, no experience, with an application and interview, but if they have a lot of applicants the ones with resumes and cover letters go to the top of the pile because it looks like they put an effort in.
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    Anyone have a good life skills learning thing for this? I will be checking at naptime today to see if I can find anything. It would be easier to teach it as a lesson to both boys, than just something that tells you what it is and what to put down. YKWIM.

    But if anyone has used one they love or has an idea, post away.
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    No dog in this fight as of yet, but I noticed the other day that there are very few teenagers working in the businesses I frequent. Young 20-somethings, yes, but the 16-19 age bracket is not there. I think a lot of that has to do with the area I live in. But I do hear a lot of anecdata about teens taking what work experience they do have and advertising their services via social media. It's mostly babysitting and yard work and other odd jobs (dog-walking, petsitting, etc.), but it's a good way to figure out how to present yourself in the best possible way for clients/employers, and a great way to develop good work habits. Those are great transferable skills.
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    I think rather than a retail job, if he could advertise himself as a petsitter, and he was reliable, he could make GOOD money. And eventually it would be his own business. A good pet sitter is worth their weight in gold. Especially if you have a non-standard pet like an aquarium (a bad pet sitter can crash a tank killing potentially hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours). I've met a couple pet sitters over the years who made a good living at it, and several who started right out of high school.

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