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how do 17 yr olds get part time jobs these days?

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ssd Tue 05-Jan-16 21:25:39

he needs a job and is asking me for advice but I havent a clue what to say, how does he go about trying to get a part time job these days, he's a student.

any websites or advice would be great, we're in Scotland.

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Jan-16 21:36:44

My sixth formers seem to work in places like the Disney Store, Build a Bear, chip shop/fast food place. Might be worth approaching some shops and fast food places to see if they've got any jobs going, and to put his name on file.

Groovee Tue 05-Jan-16 21:37:25

Get a cv made up as lot of places ask for them. Print loads off. Then at shopping centres you can go round the shops etc.

ruddynorah Tue 05-Jan-16 21:42:14

Most big retailers only recruit online.

GasLIghtShining Tue 05-Jan-16 21:44:32

In England but imagine it's the same.

Most high street organisations advertise via their websites so it's a case of going through them and keep checking (might be a facility on the website to get alerts when jobs become available)

Local shops advertise in their windows so it's a case of keep looking. He should always have CVs on him so he can pop one in if he see a notice.

Check the local papers although I am not sure how good that is.

Don't under estimate the 'it's not what you know but who you know'. My DS got his job as college use the local sports centre for some classes. The manager came in the on day and asked if anyone wanted a job.

My friend was talking to someone and mentioned her DS was looking for a job and the person turns out to be the manager of a coffee shop.

My DS also did a football referee's course. Pricey but he had it as a birthday present. Upside is it's not bad money. Downside is that you aren't guaranteed a match and you are beholden to the weather (and I often have to take him to the match!)

I think the key is perserverance and not get disheartened

Good luck

bruffin Tue 05-Jan-16 21:45:18

My ds got themselves lifeguard qualification and applied to sport centres.

My dd volunteered at sn playscheme from age of 12 and now employed in holidays and weekend,also offered a lot of respite care jobs.
Most others we know by handing cvs in shops/ restaurants or online

elvisthehamster Tue 05-Jan-16 21:49:30

Local hotels-waiting staff especially for functions. Loads of late teens work in our local sainsburies, Co-op and Home Bargains.

thesandwich Tue 05-Jan-16 21:50:51

Washing up in kitchens could be possible- it is worth him contacting pubs/ clubs etc and handing in a cv. But certainly it is a case of who you know- could he do any gardening etc for elderly people? Dog walking? G old luck to him!

GasLIghtShining Tue 05-Jan-16 21:54:25

Our local rugby club and cricket club have function rooms and use staff on an ad hoc basis.

Is your DS looking at going to university? The advantage of the national companies is that they can often facilitate a transfer during term time to wherever he goes to uni and he comes home and works back at home in the holidays

BackforGood Wed 06-Jan-16 20:27:34

Approach local hotels and function rooms that need staff for weddings / conferences / functions - my nephew had a job for a while 'setting up' the rooms rather than waiting or bar work

Big supermarkets only recruit on-line now, so look on-line for the big companies

Like Bruffin my dc got themselves a lifeguard qualification so they get paid more, and can work pretty flexibly

CLubs / function rooms often want glass collectors

Sports clubs / stadiums / arenas want all sorts of staff when they have a big exhibition or concert on

Anywhere that serves food - tends to be the luck of 'if they have a vacancy when you apply' so worth asking regularly

Babysitting / minding dc for an hour after school type work - ask around, friends, colleagues, neighbours and see if anyone knows anyone

In holiday areas there's work cleaning and changing beds etc on 'turnover day' (obvs might not apply to where you live grin)

Pipestheghost Wed 06-Jan-16 20:30:25

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes etc, especially independent ones, both mine had jobs in the catering business from 16.

SummerSazz Wed 06-Jan-16 20:32:12

My 16yr old (very shy) nephew went round local shops and garden centres asking if any vacancies (was summer hols though). He took cvs and asked them to be left for the manager in case anything came up. He got a job at Robert aDyas shortly after and has been offers loads more shifts as he proved himself

Nepotism Wed 06-Jan-16 20:36:50

Dress smartly and trudge round pubs, cafes, hotels, shops giving out CVs. Email/phone a week later where appropriate to see if it's been read.

harridan50 Wed 06-Jan-16 20:38:01

Both my daughters got jobs in a tearoom when they were 16. They compiled a cv and walked around town asking everywhere. One has now moved on to retail, again by going in and talking to the manager in response to an advert in the window. He needs to put a cv together and start handing them out in person.

BackforGood Wed 06-Jan-16 21:14:21

There are sites you can sign up to, which send you daily e-mails of PT jobs in your area, os one and candidate point is another

Whatsername24 Fri 08-Jan-16 15:10:34

My son works at McDonalds, he started just as he went into his last year at sixth form and although it's the dreaded zero hours contract he was able to tell them when he could work and fit it around school/homework which worked wonderfully. When it came to exam time he was able to cut his shifts right back. He's still working there even though he's now at university. He's at a local uni but had he gone further afield he could've transferred to a restaurant near to his uni during term times and then come back to his 'home' one during holidays.

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