Finding jobs tough, frustrating for teens

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Every application I've turned in hasn't gotten a reply. Is it because I'm 16?

Do you think I'm unable to work as hard as a 17-year-old or even an 18-year-old? How would you know if you won't give me a chance?

Many teens are excited to turn 16 because it's the age of employment, but employment rarely happens. Most of my peers tell me they got a job because they were connected to the manager or an employee in some way.

Jazzmen Ishman, 16, a sophomore at Butler High School says she's been trying to get a job since she was 15, but she's losing hope.

" When I turned 16 all my faith was already gone, and I was angry at just about every friend that had a job," she said. "I'm currently applying for every job I can, but still no luck."

Arthur Chapman, 20, is a college student at Augusta State University, and he says he knows the frustrations of being 16 and looking for a job.

"I understand how all 16-year-old teens feel, because when I was 16 I had to work so hard to get my first job, and my first job was at a car wash working all day to get like 8 dollars. (That) was the worst job I've ever had, but I did it and I was happy for it. So just start off little and you'll make your way up there to Burger King or being a waiter."

To all of my peers just keep at it, its nothing more we can do. Life is getting harder, people crueler and opportunities slim to none. Keep going till you get what you're striving for.

Encouragement is nice, but sometimes all we want is what we want. Give us a chance to show you we can amount to your expectations.

Teen Board Member Dominique Bercier is a sophomore at Butler High School.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/15/11 - 02:55 pm
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Your first sentence might be

Your first sentence might be a clue. "Every application I've been turned in hasn't gotten a reply." The phrase: "I've been turned in" indicates to me that you are not paying attention to detail or English lessons, or both. You need to exceed expectations, not "amount" to them. Attitude is important, too. If all you want is what you want, you are not going to interest a potential employer. You are not entitled to what you want. Most of us have to work for what we need and something we want is way down the list of priorities. You need to learn the difference between want and need. You also need to learn the difference between expecting and earning. Try not to be discouraged. Keep learning and keep trying to put your best foot forward at all times. If you enjoy loud jewelry, chewing gum, long fingernails, tight and revealing clothes, capri pants and flip-flops, unusual hairstyles, save those for your private life and groom yourself for a professional look appropriate to the job your seeking. At least be clean and neat. Appearances do count even when you pick up and drop off an application. Good luck. I know the job market is tight right now, but sometimes it just comes down to being in the right place at the right time. I'll keep praying for our unemployed.

Sarah Day Owen
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Sarah Day Owen 03/15/11 - 07:44 pm
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Hi AutumnLeaves, the

Hi AutumnLeaves, the grammatically incorrect first sentence was my editing error. I've fixed. Thanks for reading our teen board's content and offering your feedback!

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AutumnLeaves 03/16/11 - 08:20 pm
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How nice of you to let me

How nice of you to let me know, Sarah. That is a bit of a relief, it did throw me. The rest of the letter seemed to flow much better.

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