#1
Just wondering, since I'm looking for a job and being check-out person at a grocery store, working with heavy weights and fast food aren't really my thing, and neither's being office monkey, I'd like to ask, without using the search bar.

How hard is it to get a job at a music store?

What would you have to know about guitars/instruments to actually be considered? Do you have to be over a certain age? What skills must you have? (Other than negotiation, but I think I've already got a pretty good grip on that)

I'm 14 and 3/4 (Going to turn 15 soon) and am looking for a job in a music store.

So Pit Monkeys, have any of you got any idea how difficult it would be for someone my age to actually be hired? I live in Australia, but if you have any stories about your applications or if you've worked there before, it'd be greatly appreciated if you told me of it, and also anything the interviewer would look for in a possible trainee.

Thanks in advance
#2
5 hards.

But I think you'd need to be older.
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#4
If you're 14 you may struggle to get even a part time job in a grocery store...let alone a music shop. The best career path for you at this moment in time is paperboy.
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#6
I did work experience at the local music store Maxx Music. More or less they used me as slave labour to clean everything, but from what I picked up, you have to know your instruments buddy and I don't mean name all classical instruments, I mean every type and model of guitar and amplifier. Plus you have to be quite good at the guitar to make the product seem better when you're selling.
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If you're 14 you may struggle to get even a part time job in a grocery store...let alone a music shop. The best career path for you at this moment in time is paperboy.

Indeed. I struggle to get jobs at music stores, I've tried two and haven't had any responses yet, I'm even friends with half the people in one store
#10
Its hard.

Its not that you have to know loads or anything like that (maybe you do, I don't know), but its that theres never any spaces available because the employees don't leave. If you had a job where you got paid to play guitar, got gear cheap and got commission, would you give it up in a hurry? Don't think so.
#11
You'd only be able to get a job moving stuff probably
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#12
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Australia, and yes I go to school, I mean as a part time job to earn extra money so I'm not a poor uni student.

Dude, you've got alot to worry about besides "poor uni student". Getting into uni is a ****load harder than getting a part time job.
#13
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Its hard.

Its not that you have to know loads or anything like that (maybe you do, I don't know), but its that theres never any spaces available because the employees don't leave. If you had a job where you got paid to play guitar, got gear cheap and got commission, would you give it up in a hurry? Don't think so.



I forgot to mention, a relatively new store opened around my area, it seems a bit under-staffed and it has quite a few customers some-times, I was thinking of applying there.
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Australia, and yes I go to school, I mean as a part time job to earn extra money so I'm not a poor uni student.


dude, your 14 and im pretty sure your not in uni.

why not just go to the grocery store. everyone i know working at guitar shops have like 10+ years of playing experience on any instrument. The lowest ive seen was 8 years, but the man was incredible. I also befriended one of the guys working at a small local shop. He literally new every guitar and amp model, company, where it was manufactured, miniscule differences between every guitar and amp in the store, etc.

even if you get lucky, they'll probably treat you as bad as that Austrian lady who was trapped in her dads basement for 24 years. Yes, they will bum you.
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dude, your 14 and im pretty sure your not in uni.

why not just go to the grocery store. everyone i know working at guitar shops have like 10+ years of playing experience on any instrument. The lowest ive seen was 8 years, but the man was incredible. I also befriended one of the guys working at a small local shop. He literally new every guitar and amp model, company, where it was manufactured, miniscule differences between every guitar and amp in the store, etc.

even if you get lucky, they'll probably treat you as bad as that Austrian lady who was trapped in her dads basement for 24 years. Yes, they will bum you.



I'm not in uni, I mean saving up some extra cash so I have more money saved up for emergencies for when I'm in uni.
#16
yeah i did work experience in a music store last year and what they usually get you to do is clean up, clean the instruments, putting stuff on shelves and price tagging it, tidying up, and they might get you to restring a guitar. But to actually work there, you probably need to polish up your knowledge on instruments...well it doesnt have to be EVERY single instrument from trumpets to triangles, but "specialise" in say electric guitars and amplifiers.

well even though people say you might be a bit too young, nothing is stopping you from giving it a try. Head over to the store and just ask around, if your persistant and eager euough, you might bag the job
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I forgot to mention, a relatively new store opened around my area, it seems a bit under-staffed and it has quite a few customers some-times, I was thinking of applying there.


In that case you may as well go for it, you've got nothing to lose. I tell you though, getting a job which doesn't suck is hard when you're young.

I'm 16 and I've got 3 exams to go until I'm completely done with school and I can't find a job anywhere. All the places you think would be cool to work are out of the question, you have to be 18 or they're not hiring...

The only place open for employees is McDonalds and I'll be damned if I'm working there.
#20
It'd be very hard at your age, and even if you were older you'd at least need to know a lot about the products and instruments, have decent music retail experience, or know someone who could refer you. You'd still be required to do a bit of heavy lifting in stock maintenance at a music store anyway. I wouldn't be too picky with a job at your age, you want to get as much experience as you can get before you can be choosey.
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Marks when you're 14 mean relatively nothing friend. It's the HSC year that counts. I'm not saying you won't keep the good marks up, but it's dangerous to count the chickens before they hatch. Know what I'm saying?

But hey, I admire your direction. That's very impressive for your age. Most noobs like myself are still being half pushed around to do anything.
#22
14? dont think so. but incase you get employed, just remember that it's a music store, and they sell every musical instrument not only guitars. i think you need to learn more about each part of each sh*t in the store. if you know everything about everything in the shop, i don't think that would be a hard job.
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Marks when you're 14 mean relatively nothing friend. It's the HSC year that counts. I'm not saying you won't keep the good marks up, but it's dangerous to count the chickens before they hatch. Know what I'm saying?

But hey, I admire your direction. That's very impressive for your age. Most noobs like myself are still being half pushed around to do anything.



Yeah, I get what you mean, after year 10, once you hit the senior years, the work goes nuts.

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#24
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Australia, and yes I go to school, I mean as a part time job to earn extra money so I'm not a poor uni student.


2 things
1) at age 14, it is nigh on impossible to get a proper part time job at a music store while at school. Simply bcos in australia, school finishes at 3, music stores mostly close at 5. a 2 hour shift is NOT enough to justify having another employee.

2) unless your parents are rich, ur gona be a poor uni student. It just happens, make peace with it :P. its not that bad anyway!

Oh and a job at a music store doesnt necessarily pay better than another job. I know bunnings warehouse pays like $19 an hour, when ur 18. Not a bad deal!
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2 things
1) at age 14, it is nigh on impossible to get a proper part time job at a music store while at school. Simply bcos in australia, school finishes at 3, music stores mostly close at 5. a 2 hour shift is NOT enough to justify having another employee.

2) unless your parents are rich, ur gona be a poor uni student. It just happens, make peace with it :P. its not that bad anyway!

Oh and a job at a music store doesnt necessarily pay better than another job. I know bunnings warehouse pays like $19 an hour, when ur 18. Not a bad deal!



Yeah, I understand. (Not trying to be sarcastic, I'm tired )

I know age has quite a bit to do with even getting considered for employment nearly anywhere, but possibly, IF I can prove that I'm mature (Oh God, a mature 14 year old :apocalypse) and know my stuff (I think I have fairly good general knowledge about guitars and stuff) that perhaps I could get a spot on Thursdays and weekends? I don't know, 3 days, I could work all day on the weekend and Thursday's late trading so I could work til closing time or something.


I heard about Bunnings paying a good bit, but I heavily dislike their stores because of the lack of customer service
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#26
I also wanted to work in a music store, but to be realistic, most music stores arent even open on a sunday! Its just not a feasible job. Doesnt mean you cant try, but its UNLIKELY for you to get a job there. I would suggest that you can try and get a job at a music store once you ARE at university, easier then!
#27
im 14 to dude, i went to one and asked about being a guitar tech, they wont even consider me unless im 17, they wouldnt even let me show them my guitar to show what i can do....its not fair -.-
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#28
Basically - in Australia, it can't be done, not at your age.

Nearly every music shop here only hires people full time, due to the fact that most of the things there selling are fairly highly priced (due to what they are + import tax) and it costs them a lot more on insurance if they have casual/part-time staff.

Also: any money you earn from a part time job will not help you at uni, trust me, if you want to partake in any minute bit of socialising while there, you're gonna be constantly broke, I am.
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#29
You need to be older. You need to be good at the instrument. You need to know alot about the different brands. You need to know how to change strings, as well as do set ups for guitars. Its very difficult as there is always alot of people wanting a job at a music store who are more than likely older and more qualified than you. I mean if a 20 year old musician wants the job to get some money, and he knows alot more than you and can obviously work more than you since he isnt bound by school, then of course you have no chance. Really unless you know an owner and are friends with/ a family friend of his, you have no chance.
#30
Learn to play and learn stuff about keyboards, every time I applied to work in a music shop while I was in uni they were only looking for keyboard specialists
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#31
Also, forgot to add - the only job you can really get here at your age is in hospitality.
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#32
I did my work experience at 15 in my local guitar shop, and they hired me on to do 2 hours on a Friday after school a few weeks later, then about a month after that, they hired me on to do Saturday's as well, and as of now, I'm the youngest employee they've had and the longest serving one as well. There's only me and my boss who work on Saturday's too so it means I got a lot of opportunities to sell guitars.
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#33
I was thinking to do the same thing except I'm almost 18 and I will need extra cash for uni. I was thinking of working throughout the summer, I'm not expecting much but how hard could it be? I will stay near Nice (south of France) and I've been playing for 5/6 years.
#34
no music store is going to hire a 14 year old as a salesman for their instruments
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#35
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I did work experience at the local music store Maxx Music. More or less they used me as slave labour to clean everything, but from what I picked up, you have to know your instruments buddy and I don't mean name all classical instruments, I mean every type and model of guitar and amplifier. Plus you have to be quite good at the guitar to make the product seem better when you're selling.

Holy crap man I had lessons there for 6 months before I moved!

Pretty good set-up (store on bottom, rooms on top) if I do say so myself.
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#36
I got hired at the local music store when I was 16 and still work there. I do everything from shipping to working the sales floor to doing online sales. You really just have to find the right place at the right time.
#37
You have to be 18. I just tried to apply.
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#39
I would say right now that you're a bit young.

I don't really think that many very commercial chains would hire you,

but if you know a nice, small, family-run music store and you're a frequent customer or they know you

Your chances of getting a job there are ALOT higher.
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