June 14, 1995

Workin’ Blues Maybe It’s Time To Start Thinking That Dreaded Three-Letter Word - Job

Ben Berman And Matt Mcelveen\ Mead
 

As the sun set, Dean and Susanne held each other and whispered words of deep and unbridled love. Their heads melted into one shadow as their lips moved closer and closer.

“Buy me a snowcone and I’ll be yours,” murmured Susanne. Dean reached deep into his pocket to discover not only a lack of money but an excess of lint.

Sound a little too much like your summer experiences? There is a solution and it is easy: GET A JOB! According to several successful businessmen (mainly ourselves), there are dozens of employment opportunities that will surely put a little change in your pocket.

Successful summer jobs:

1. Panhandling

2. Beach metal-detecting

3. Lemonade Stand

4. Odd Jobs for Grandma

5. Door-to-door car washing

6. Sperm donation

Of course, there are other jobs that are more socially acceptable. The negative side is, they require effort to attain them. But don’t start sweating; some of the grunt work has been done here for you. Or, at least, here’s some advice that will get you started.

First of all, begin early - before that mad rush for summer jobs erupts. While looking, be sure to network. This means telling people you know of your intentions to get a job so that they can alert you of any opportunities they might know of. Don’t forget to check with your relatives; uncles can make great bosses.

The first step in finding a job is to go to the business you’re interested in to gather application forms. Make sure you speak to the manager and present yourself to make a good impression.

There are a few places that can help you find a job. Two are the unemployment office and the career center at your high school. Also check the newspaper listings.

When hiring, most businesses look carefully and seriously at the application you fill out. So when you come to the question concerning sex, don’t put “yes, please.” The application should be typed or neatly printed. Don’t include names of your references without asking them first.

When you turn in your application, attach a picture of yourself and a resume, which basically tells the employer about yourself and your experience. Include such things as your educational history, past employment, hobbies, clubs and awards you’ve won. Also make sure to hand your application directly to the business manager so she or he can connect your name with a face. This will help distinguish you from all other applicants.

If you’re lucky, the next step will be an interview. When you go, make sure you’re on time, dressed appropriately, and express a happy, outgoing attitude. The employer will be looking for a person who can meet the qualifications of the job as well as make the workplace enjoyable. Be sure you have good eye contact with the employer, but don’t make the interview a staring contest. Tell the employer you can be flexible with his or her time schedule after you have been hired.

There are many different child labor laws that specifically define the regulations the employer must follow. As a student worker, you must be paid 1.5 times regular pay for overtime if you work more than 40 hours a week. For every five hours or more worked in one day, the employer must provide a 30-minute break. A 10-minute break must be given for every four hours or less worked in one day.

There are also laws regulating hours a minor can work. Businesses may be fined up to $1,000 if laws aren’t followed.

Just remember as you search for a summer job, be persistent. You might have to settle for a mediocre job right now in order to get a great job in the future.


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