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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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    F1118182420281

    Best Summer Job?

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

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    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
    My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
    reply about 2 hours
    StarrChild
    Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
    reply about 3 hours
    Froggers
    theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
    reply about 11 hours
    LUCYQWERTY123
    LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
    it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
    reply about 19 hours
    drowning
    drowning posted in Friends:
    It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
    reply 1 day