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    ok so im on my summer break after my first year of A-levels, im 17 and have never had a job in my life. Now i really need a part time job just working at a shop in the local shopping centre but EVERYONE is saying that they need someone with expeirnece, as they say its 'essential' but i don't have any! i'm fairly intellegent and have some common sense lol and got 5 a* 5 a and 3b's at gcse so i have skills...why wont anyone recruit me?

    Please give me some tips, should i call ppl? etc...what qualities should i put down - covering letter etc...or just some really good 'get-a-job-now!' secrets!
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    Try somewhere smaller like a local cafe or shop/newsagent to build up experience as most the bigger chains although they will give you training they will want someone who has basic understanding of working.
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    just lie about your experience say you have worked in a family member's shop or cafe whatever and then put your parents number down as a reference and use another name... i mean who is ever going to find out?

    Its only a problem if your going for a really competitive job with a high salary..
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    I job my first got in a fast food place with zero experience. After that I got another and I dunno' if my previous experience played a part. My latest one the previous two probably did.

    Having experience is just a CV filler really and it helps secure you an interview. The interview is what actually matters. Having said that, in my latest interview I got asked some really tough questions and had it not been for my previous job it would have been harder to ******** my way through it.

    That's all an interview is - ************ your way through it.
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    lolok thanks guys
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    A good start would be to work at a charity shop, you most likely won't get paid, but if you do it for a few months, you get experience in retail, references, and it shows something about your character too, willing to work for something other than money.
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    check jobcentre website, go for cafe work, waiting tables etc... go in person around places asking for work. I admit, its tough
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    (Original post by RevisingHard)
    got 5 a* 5 a and 3b's at gcse so i have skills...why wont anyone recruit me? Please give me some tips, should i call ppl? etc...what qualities should i put down - covering letter etc...or just some really good 'get-a-job-now!' secrets!
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    Exams are rarely that important to part time/temporary employers. You need to prove that you have relevant skills, so customer service, answering questions, talking to people, handling money, working in a team etc You can get these skills and experiences from a lot more than work, so consider school, clubs, societies, cadets, music etc,
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    Exams are rarely that important to part time/temporary employers. You need to prove that you have relevant skills, so customer service, answering questions, talking to people, handling money, working in a team etc You can get these skills and experiences from a lot more than work, so consider school, clubs, societies, cadets, music etc,
    Thankyou soo much and weveryone else - great tips, thanks~!
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    (Original post by Phobia27)
    A good start would be to work at a charity shop, you most likely won't get paid, but if you do it for a few months, you get experience in retail, references, and it shows something about your character too, willing to work for something other than money.
    Your a genius! and from sheffield too! so do you think i should apply for oxfam in town? thanks
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    (Original post by RevisingHard)
    Your a genius! and from sheffield too! so do you think i should apply for oxfam in town? thanks
    Hiya, sorry didn't reply sooner, was on holiday :cool: Yeah apply to any charity shop really, some may not need any new staff but I think there would be a lot that could do with the extra helpers. :yes:
 
 
 
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