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How to Find Your First Summer Job!

You need money for everything - movies, concerts, food, surf lessons. So if you want to do more than lay on the couch this summer, you're gonna need some cash. Since you're too young to play the lottery, why not find yourself a summer job? Follow these tips and you'll be spending your first paycheck in no time!

Summer Job Search Dos

  • Make a resume. You probably have more experience than you think. Volunteer work, babysitting, walking the neighbor's dog - it all counts. Don't forget to spell check!
  • Ask around. About 80% of jobs aren't advertised, so make sure your friends and family know you're looking. They might be able to hook you up.
  • Do your homework. We know this sucks, but just take a little time to find out about the company you're applying to before you go to an interview. The interviewer will be totally impressed you already know stuff about 'em.
  • Summer Job Search Don'ts

  • Be a slob. Make sure you dress nicely both when you hand out resumes and when you go for interviews.
  • Answer your cell phone in an interview. In fact, it should be turned off before you enter the interview. If you forget and it rings, immediately apologize to the interviewer and turn it off without answering it.
  • Never, Ever Do This!

    These are just a few of the crazy things actual people have done in job interviews!
  • A woman wore a Walkman during her job interview, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
  • A guy said he would show his loyalty to the company by having its logo tattooed on his arm, if he was hired.
  • A woman interrupted the interviewer to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer the questions.
  • For summer job listings in the US and Canada, check out www.summerjobs.com.
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    Best Summer Job?

    • Mowing lawns.
    • Selling ice-cold lemonade.
    • Babysitting my younger brothers.
    • Walking the neighborhood dogs.

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    JazzyRox
    JazzyRox posted in Family Issues:
    hi! this is "blonde"! i dont really care about this post and its not that offensive to me! i am trying to care about what others think and TBH i do....untill it comes to electronics...idk why but i dont really do well without electronics. i have good habits that include waiting untill 3:00 PM to get on screens and getting chores done before i get on screens, im much more...well....social than my sister (ill just call her "Red" xD) Red. plus im only 10. i probably will get better at habits when im older. P.S wow rainbowpoptart i dont think our pics are exactly the same xD
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    blackveilbrides15
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    Kirsti
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    Your style is simply whatever you want to wear! Just wear whatever feels comfortable, or whatever you think looks good, and it is your style (: It doesn't matter if it's not entirely individual and unique, as long as it's what you feel happy wearing.
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    Kirsti
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    I love both my parents equally, but I prefer to spend time with my dad. My father works abroad so I see him a lot less than my mother, but it means that when I see him it feels more special :3 
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    Kirsti
    Kirsti posted in Family Issues:
    To be honest, this is probably just something you have to bear. I know that sometimes relatives can be irritating, but they only visit often because they care about you and want to see you (: Unless there is a real reason you don't want them to visit - for example, if they are unkind to you - then you should just endure it.  Or you could mention it to your parents and see if they can sort it out? This is something lots of kids have to deal with, me included, and it's just part of life! You are lucky to have grandparents who care about you so much c:
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