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Job Hunting

KATIE HOFFMAN Jon Jee Staff Published: February 23, 2017 8:42 AM

Around the age fifteen, and sixteen, most teens begin to want a job, so they can have spending money for their free time with friends. This is also the ages of when driving becomes a coming up event. Some parents will not be paying for their children's gas money, or cars, so it is expected that teenagers may need a job. Some jobs are hard to come by, or some students may not know where to look.


First thing first comes the easiest ones, that most people avoid, fast food places. A few of the fast food places in our area that hire minors (starting at sixteen) include, Arby’s, KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Wally’s, Crenos, etc. Some sit down restaurants will hire minors too including, Roosters, Cracker Barrel, Steak and Shake, Bob Evans, Denny's, etc. There are also retail stores including, KMart, Rue 21, Olympia Sports, Justice, American Eagle, etc. Some places such as McDonalds, and Dairy Duchess will hire fifteen year olds.


When looking for a job, keep in mind you can not be picky. Most jobs at sixteen, will not be your lifetime job, so do not plan on enjoying it. Remember you’re there to make money, not to have fun. Fast food jobs, can be hard and stressful, but will help prepare you for bigger jobs in your future. Most jobs will start you at minimum wage. Minors are allowed to work 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. They can work 6 hours per day/32 hours per week, during a school week. Otherwise it can be 8 hours per day.


Working and going to school, can be difficult especially if you add a sport into a mix. Just keep in mind what you’re signing yourself up for ad it’s important to know your own limit and not work yourself too hard.


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