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Part-time jobs for teenagers?

Original post made by MainStreetDiva on Nov 10, 2009

Anyone know of a local company looking for part-time help? My daughter is looking and so far, no luck. Any leads are appreciated.

One person has suggested the post office. Do they hire extra workers to handle the increase in holiday mailings?

Comments (28)

Posted by tyu, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

It matters here age, education, past experience and what she's willing to do. It's tough to throw out good suggestions without knowing that. Would she want to work long hours out doors then Christmas tree lot cashier, does she want to do something to gain experience then maybe waitress at a chain like Chilis that has a large turnover rate. I know of a mall kiosk job that just opened up.

Posted by Me, a resident of Walnut Hills
on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

Has she tried every store in the mall? I know Santa is also coming, does the mall need elves? The stores for teenagers and kids are the first jobs to go.

Posted by Me, a resident of Walnut Hills
on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

How about doing a gift wrap service for the holidays? Waitressing is always good too.

Posted by Mariana, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

Mariana is a registered user.

I'd suggest that first, you look in your own neighborhood. I've earned a decent amount of money babysitting, petsitting, and watering plants over the past couple of years.

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

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Posted by merchant, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

May I make a couple of suggestions:
1. If she cannot resist talking or texting while being paid to work, leave the phone at home.
2. When a start time is given it is not just a suggestion -- nor is sometime within 15 minutes of the start time considered to be on time.
3. A computer at work is specifically a "work computer". If she thinks that facebook or myspace are "work" she might as well not even apply for the job.
4. Allowing her friends to hang out at her place of work does not make for a likely long term employment possibility.
Having owned a business for many years I have encountered all of these and much more. The generation entering the market now is full of entitlement and generally unwilling to work because mommy and daddy have always given them too much and asked nothing in return. When a slacker applies for a job in careless and sloppy clothing that is just affirmation that their generation has little to offer in the business world. Head your daughter down a better and more professional path if you want her to have even a chance of success. In my business, no young person is even considered as a serious applicant, they have proven to be far too much trouble.
Before you comment that "not everyone is like that" I will say that 100% of the people under age 30 who have been hired by my company have been fired for serious breaches of employment policy. That amounts to dozens in the past years and the violations ran from more than 6 hours in one day on social networking sites, to drug use on the premises, to theft. Not one of those things has been a problem with my older workers.

Posted by tyu, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

merchant- "...that their generation has little to offer"
You sound like an old jerk from that line alone. Fact is that every generation has the good and the bad but writting them all off from your experience shows what kind of boss you likely are. One generation after another has left a legacy both good and bad. It sounds like your generation invented the wheel and discovered fire but if you are in your 50's your generation was all just a bunch of pot smoking, free love hippies that all you cared about was rolling doobies. They are lucky you aren't hiring them and ageism is a form of discrimination so you likely won't name your business.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

well bless that little twisted uty...aren't you ever so clever? suckers are sure lucky you didn't hire me because I would have definitely given you at least a 50% on your any bank!

the guy is telling you the truth about young employees...ole timers rule!!!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Correction: I would have definitely give you at least a 50% return on your investment...

Posted by chris, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm

TO may sound cynical and angry, but it is these days, yes most of them, especially in this city are spoiled and entitled and even when I go into the bank these days, the gum smacking is going on, talking with the coworkers about their relationships, music blaring, and attitude...sorry but true. I include my own child in this group, so I am not biased, just call it how I see it...

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm

How many teenagers have seriously consider volunteering. Or, is that out of style?

Posted by !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Do you remember when the minimum wage level (a sacred Democrat Program) was raised during the summer? This raise was projected to kill over 30,000 jobs alone and the especially hard-hit sector was projected to be part-timers and teenagers. Sounds like your daughter is one of those statistics. (I might add...I believe the Dems' minimum wage program was only intended to benefit unions as they bargain for higher wages. It is not intended to created jobs by any stretch. The dems know it is a job killer. They just want more people dependent on the govt.)

If your daughter is having difficulty finding p-t work, your 'hope and change' should be with the conservatives who actually create an economic climate favorable to business and job growth.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Teenagers THESE days? Where have you all been? The gum smacking, talking about relationships, music blaring, attitude, etc. are hardly NEW complaints about teenagers! Teenagers have always had a culture separate from being an adult! Ever watch "Happy Days"? "American Graffiti"? Teenagers are not simply younger versions of adults any more than preschoolers are. They need guidance and boundaries because no, most of them will not know appropriate work behaviour intuitively. They certainly won't know proper interview attire having never BEEN in the "business world".

Merchant, to have had so many severe bad experiences you must not be a good judge of character or good at setting boundaries. I know plenty of teenagers who would not behave as you describe, particularly if they have clear limits/expectations set. On the flip side, in my work career I have seen plenty of people over 30 who are incompetent, lazy, hungover, liars, and who behave inappropriately whether it's sharing inappropriate info, talking too much on a phone, texting, skipping work, etc.

Posted by Ptown Kid, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

Wow people can be really critical of others.. how dare you guys assume every kid is this way.... I am 16 have been reffing sports events for younger kids for 3 years now make a decent amount of money and enjoy what I do..and one thing I have learned as a 16 year old is not to point out other people flaws but try to encourage them to do something purposeful with their time...apparently those who have nothing but criticism to share in this blog for such an innocent question and request for ideas should just keep to themselves.

Main Street Diva: I wish your daughter finds something...Babysitting and dogsitting is a great source of income too..

Posted by Elaine, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 11, 2009 at 9:16 am

I am so tired of going into business/restaurants and seeing the workers on their cell phones txting away. Why aren't the bosses putting an end to this poor behavior. It just makes me not want to go into that place again. Come on owners/managers step it up and don't let these kids/teenagers get away with this. That is what breaks are for.

Posted by Embarassed in PTown, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

Wow, the controversy online! I can see both sides of this but must everyone be so full of criticism? Although I do have to agree with Elaine, why are the owners/bosses stopping their employees from texting while working? It is rather discouraging to think that the text is more important service.

Posted by Reasonable, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

I've hired some great teenage babysitters as well as some really marginal ones. If they are truly motivated by money (i.e. not just mom and dad telling them they should get a job) they will work hard and well. They might also make some mistakes. We were all teenagers and twentysomethings once and did stupid and inappropriate things as we learned our way in the world. I once wore a white suit to an interview and yep, I ordered a vodka collins at a business lunch. Mortifying.

Posted by little m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 11:37 am

I attempted to work with a teenager in our business and yep all the things MERCHANT talked about happened to me ... non stop texting (almost an addiction) ... facebook, surfing, couldn't get her to focus on the input job she was given ... and inconsistency ... she had to meet her friends at Red Robin, there was a party that night and she should make it in ... I don't know, but the texting was the worst. Constant ringing every 30 seconds ... Hey, I just gave up and let her go. No more teens and I'm not old and grouchy, just realistic.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm

my goodness gracious...i was under the impression that teens would be more interested in helping out their fellow man...VOLUNTEERING....NOT! get lost teens, if you can't cut it, stay at home and watch TV...that's what your life is about anyways...too selfish to help out others as a volunteer? uh-huh! sad

Posted by No Ma'am, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

"Although I do have to agree with Elaine, why are the owners/bosses stopping their employees from texting while working?"

Shouldn't the employees NOT text while working? Of course its never the could it be their fault? Somebody should tell them TODAY that its inappropriate to text and such when you are suppose to be working, even though they were told the same thing yesterday. How can people be expected to remember??? I mean what if they have carrots that need to be cultivated on Farmville? Do you expect them jsut to ignore that and do their job? Of course not, their boss should be paying attention and tell them that it is inappropriate all day everyday.

Posted by merchant, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:09 am

It occurs to me that if MainStreetDiva's daughter wants a job -- would it not be appropriate for the daughter to be posting about it? Or is this like doing the homework for the kid, MSD is handling it because the kid is too busy on facebook to be bothered?
Julie, do you really think I cannot set boundries? How about a 4 page document, each paragraph initialed, each page signed, stating among other things:
no cell phone or texting unless it is an emergency
no use of the company computer for other than business
no drugs or alcohol on the property
no friends on the property unless they are customers making purchases
signed acknowlegement that a key logger is installed on the company computers and that ALL transactions are monitored -- that means if you sign into your facebook account to play farmville I know not only how many cows you just bought but I have your password, and I just might cancel your account for misuse of the company computer
Did any of that stop them? NO! Nothing can motivate these teens to conform to rules and regulations so I have given up. Our customers are far happier to deal with responsible adults, our products and services are vastly outselling what they did when we employed the facebook/myspace generation and we will never go back.
And no, I am not an old and bitter person. I am barely old enough to have teens myself. Teens who, by the way, have to earn the right to even use a cell phone and would have that phone taken away in a heartbeat if they ever misused it. Teens who have found their own jobs and have thrived in them because they know how to follow rules, they have had plenty of practice at home.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:35 am

Merchant, it's your business - play by your rules, which seem fair to me, or out the door...

People that haven't experienced your problems won't understand, so don't waste your breath...

Posted by teen supporter, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 12, 2009 at 6:51 am

Not all teens are like all you people are posting about, I have been hiring teens right out of HS and adults as well for the past 25 years, I have experienced hell with a few and delight with more. The teens that I have hired in the past were actually more delightful than some adults, they were wide eyed with awe just to be able to work.. they are willing to learn.. the adults.. not so much.. they had chips on their shoulders at times. But what I am saying lets not generalize...Through my experience I am greatful to have met quite a few young people who until this day come back to town to visit once in awhile and say hello...for those that dont comform to the rules.. don't complain....take a little of the blame if you hired them you were not a great judge of character from the start. Good luck teens out there..

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:41 am

don't waste your breath on the likes of ulie...she has a big mouth and enjoys slamming successful folks...

i seriously doubt that msd's daughter will find a job...mommy is doing all the work?

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

Thanks much to those of you who provided useful suggestions. From your comments, I can see that she needs to take a MUCH more methodical approach to employment, rather than her current hit-or-miss efforts.

My original plan was to print out this thread and give it to her, so she could get some real-life suggestions and ideas. But after looking over some of the critical or judgmental posts, especially the mean-spirited or hurtful ones, (you know who you are), I will simply write a short list of your ideas instead.

FYI to some of you who raised the issue: We do volunteer work already for two different causes.

Posted by tyu, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Merchant - You say you are a Gen X'er which means you are from the slacker generation that invented rebound parenting. So you must be a slacker who lives with your parents. That's how all Gen X'ers are. Not true about your generation or you? What you said is not true about the newest generation either. All (fill in the blank) are (fill in the blank) is rarely true about people unless it's something like, All tall people are tall. You might just not have a business that pulls in the 4.3 GPA students that scored perfectly on their SATs and have goals in life.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Julie is a registered user.

I don't consider a 4 page document as truly setting limits. Okay, you've spelled out the expectations, that is true. If my employee manual says that I can't be late but I'm late all the time and nothing is said to me/there are no consequences, then guess what - my boss/agency is at fault and will have difficulty firing me. I would let the employees know the process for infractions - e.g. caught once on your phone you get a verbal warning; twice you are written up; three times you may be fired. That's what I meant by "setting limits". Trust me, teenagers are not the only ones who don't follow company rules.

Cholo, I don't know why you always enjoy insulting me. Is it because you secretly like me :). You always tell others to "take the high road" and yet there you are...waaay down there. I usually ignore you, but I guess I'm tired tonight.

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on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:18 am

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