#1
So I'm in desperate need of a decent job. Problem is I have never had an actual job before, except for chores here and there around the neighborhood like mowing lawns and cleaning pools, ect. But those don't get you very far cash wise. I have a couple places in mind already so any tips to get the job would be greatly appreciated. Any other job suggestions as well.

1. Starbucks
2. In-an-Out
3. Subway
4. Junga Juice
5. Barnes and Noble
6. Hastings

I heard Starbucks is damn difficult to get hired at and In-an-Out only gives out a few hours to work. The other places I'm not so sure, but they look like decent places to work at. I rather not work at fast food though (yeah, yeah picky me), I've heard way too many horror stories and seen many oil burns on friends from those greasy places. I know me being 16 is going to be another key factor too, but I was wondering if my GPA could help me get hired easier. Thanks.
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#2
Go to a workforce center. They ask you what kind of stuff are you interested in and find job openings for you based around those interests. That's what I did for my first job..
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#3
Just apply to all of them. Subway really aren't gonna care about your performance in school judging from some of the people that work in them in my city.
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#4
Fast food places are always good for people in your position. Bollocks to your horror stories, man-up or be skint. And if you do it properly you won't get burnt. I used to work in fast food and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I properly burnt myself, and each of those was due to my being daft.

The odd jobs you say you've done will probably stand you in good sted when it comes to employment, it shows you're willing and don't mind a bit of graft.

Just look everywhere...and I mean everywhere, particularly in town centres and retail wise. And don't just look for notices in shop windows, actually go in everywhere and ask. Even if it looks the type of place that wouldn't hire you, still ask. And if they say 'look on our website', then look on the website.
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#5
GPA isn't going to matter for these types of jobs, though in an interview you could saw you're an honors student or something. Stay away from food joints if you can. Go for jobs with less customer interaction (unless people skills is your thing) because you will get tired of assholes very soon. Barnes n Noble seemed the best bet out of those listed, but I don't recognize some of the names there.

But take what you can get.
#6
Any restaurant and any supermarket. Not fun to work at, but job experience.
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Fast food places can be bad but it's bearable. I worked in McDonalds for about 6 months. Got me enough experience to get a new job. The people you have to serve are assholes but that comes with most jobs. I was lucky enough to work with decent people, minus a few managers.
But you need to work in these kinds of shit places to get experience. So I say apply anyway.
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#9
Best thing to do is don't be fussy. Go with whatever you get, because you can always leave a job for a better place. I tried small places first, I just dropped my CV (I think a resume if you're American?) at a load of places and got lucky, the key is to just keep trying and go with whatever you get.
#10
Barnes and Noble probably won't hire you. They're extremely choosy, and have a tendency to only hire friends of their longest-standing employees.

EDIT: Yeah, no way they're going to hire a 16 year old.

EDIT: To be perfectly honest, the only place I could see hiring a 16 year old who's still in school would be a grocery store (Dillon's, Hyvee, etc.) or McDonald's.
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#11
Yeah, when you apply at Wendy's, they always ask for your Highschool transcripts so they can make sure your GPA is above a 3.0.

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Yeah, when you apply at Wendy's, they always ask for your Highschool transcripts so they can make sure your GPA is above a 3.0.

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I'm good bro, my GPA is 4.3 right now.
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I'm good bro, my GPA is 4.3 right now.

Oh, well in that case you might even try Safeway. I hear their employees all have above a 4.0 GPA, you sophisticated gentleman, you.
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Oh, well in that case you might even try Safeway. I hear their employees all have above a 4.0 GPA, you sophisticated gentleman, you.


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^ he asked if his GPA would help land him a job at the places he listed.
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#16
As has been mentioned, apply everywhere. Your first job (and most of the ones after that) are gonna suck. So the main objective/motivation is experience and $$$.
Once you get an interview, dress nicely - if you have a suit wear it. Don't go to it in a t-shirt and jeans.
Answer questions directly - try not to "umm" and "uhh".
Look the interviewer(s) in the eye when you're speaking.

When looking to hire (especially entry-level positions) most businesses are looking for someone that has a decent personality, that is easy to get along with, and seems trainable.

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some states offer training in order to get you a job....


you can also just wash dishes at a restaurant...thats a popular job for teens
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#18
GPA means "Grade point average." Its a system of weighting your letter grades and averaging them to give a number. 4.0 means all As. 3.0 is all Bs, etc. Just be nice in the interview. Having a good GPA means you're responsible enough to handle school.

Also, didn't know any of these places had locations on Pluto.
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Just don't use your teeth because that really hurts, and try some licking around the knob.
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#20
Whenever I start applying for summer jobs, I apply anywhere.
Even places that definitely won't hire me.
My mom once saw me applying for a clothes store and told me I won't get the job because I'm not gay or a girl. I applied anyway.