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    Hello, Im 16 (17 in October) and im starting college in September to do Performing Arts. I really need to get a weekend/holiday job to help me with costs and everything (Don't qualify for EMA, just over the limit). It's gonna cos me £50 a month for travelling and so I want to get a job so my parents won't have to pay for all of this, and also all the specialist shoes and stuff I will need for college (Dance Shoes).

    Im not picky about what i do really... Retail/Supermarkets, Callcentres.. Anything, but I will not be able to work through the week until after around 5pm. Don't mind times or anything for the weekend.

    Ok so I have some questions which you will hopefully be able to answer..
    1. Does anyone have reccomendations on where to apply too?
    2. We didn't do a CV in school, just a personal statement for our record of achievement. Does anyone have any advice on CV's for someone without any previous employment?
    3. Im going on a 2 week holiday the last 2 weeks in October (Would only be missing one weekend though, we go on monday and come back following friday). If I apply to start right at the beginning of September am I likely to be considered even though we have this holiday booked?
    4. How likely are places to be flexible to suit the course I am doing? Basically the course I am doing we will be putting several shows on during the year and i know they can keep you back very late for rehearsals during the run up to the show.

    Any other advice greatly appreciated.
    Thanks......
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    1. Tesco - there's the one in the bridges which has always seemed like a nice store to me, and they often take people with no experience. Im sure there's a larger tesco too.
    2. Most places have application forms which are better than CV's
    3. No, most company's will honor existing holidays you already have.
    4. Most places you'll have the option of shift swaps or even taking your holidays or unpaid time off to accomodate things like this.
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    1. Go into supermarkets and ask to speak to a member of personnel,who will then give u an application forms and hopefully remember u when they come to process ur application.

    2. red_Rose is right, for a part time job, application forms are more useful to retailers than CV's saying stuff like irrelevant work experience and GCSE grades. Their application form are designed to find candidates with retail experience and who know how u should behave at work and ur mannerisms.

    3. With this, u need to be careful about the size of the retailer u are applying to. I had outstanding holiday when i applied to WHSmith and i didnt get the job because of it, mainly because there werent many employees to cover my absence. But at large supermarkets there should be no trouble because they have so many employees.

    4. Again, this wont be a problem at a large retailer because u book all these dates in advance as holiday and if u have a problem, explain to ur manager or swap shifts with someone. Alternatively u could request a more flexible contract.

    Hope tht helps a little, good luck in finding a job!
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    Hi- well have you considered waitressing- there's loads of restaurants out there- chains and otherwise! My first job when I was 16 was at a pizza hut- I only had my trident work experience behind me- They take on most people there and there's really good training! It was perfect for me when I was 16 because there were loads of young people and I made lots of friends and enjoyed myself. I'm waitressing in a different restaurant at the mo- And from my experience here- when they are looking for people- the best thing you can do is walk in and ask about jobs. As long as you look nice and are confident in asking then it is easy!Also the good thing about waitressing is you get tips which really add up!

    On your CV- put all your details like name address telephone number. Then put a little paragraph called 'personal profile' just saying a little bit about yourself- I say something involving personality and that I can work alone or in a team and that I am willing to undertake any training etc. Then put about your school and education. Then put interests and hobbies. If you have any other relevant information add that in- like first aid training or anything you think might look good. Most places do have forms but I would always take a few CVs around with me so that if they ask for one then you have one handy! Write a covering letter to go with it, letting them know your name, what you do at the moment and when you are availble to work.

    As you are doing your performing arts course it might be appropriate to write on the covering letter something like. " I am interested in performing arts and I am about to start a college course in this, which I feel helps me with not only confidence skills but also team work and problem solving skills." I did performance and put this in my job applications.

    Flexibility wise- waitressing tends to be really flexible, as your hours change from week to week, therefore you can tell them week to week when you can't work.

    Sorry for the length of the reply!!xx
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    sorry just realised you were a guy- please excuse 'waitressing' and replace with 'being a waiter'!!
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    I have a job interview on the 29th at a new theatre restaurant thats opening in my town so hoping that will go well (It's to be a waiter). Going to see what happens there and if not then will apply to the supermarkets.

    Think there will be alot of applicants at the new restaurant though so not building my hopes up, although it looks fab.
 
 
 
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