Experience?!?

As an 18 year old, it's been about a whole year that I've been looking for a part time job.

I had one at age 16, at the summer school at my old middle school. It was a good starting point, but it ended at the end of summer and I went back to school. So I began my search, which has resulted negatively every time.

It has become extremely frustrating, because no matter how hard I try and no matter how many places I apply to, no one wants to hire me.

And I know it isn't anything personal, because I mean, these companies don't know me personally.

I have applied to literally every location you could imagine.

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DSW, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Froyo World, Target, Dollar Tree

Those are just a few that I can remember, I have applied to so many places I can't even remember all of them.

Sometimes I get emailed immediately after I send in my application being told that I "don't meet the requirements" or "we don't need you" in nicer words, and other times, I don't even get a reply. I get nothing, I send in my application, in person or online, and I don't even get an email telling me they reviewed my application and they are fully staffed or something.

It frustrates me because..what does that mean? Like if you don't even give me a reply did you even look at my application? Did you give it the time of day? Or did it just go on some pile of papers on your desk that went to the "Unimportant" drawer eventually?

Also, they tell me that I need "previous work experience" and how am I supposed to get 'work experience' in the first place if you won't hire me. I understand that the adults applying to these jobs have priority, but it is so unfair for me, being constantly shot down or completely disregarded.

I am an 18 year old girl, who is heading off to college in August and needs some sort of income. Because I need to help my parents with my expenses, and no one is willing to give me a chance. I get that I am a teenager and that my shake some companies up because the words "party" "irresponsible" "never on time" and a whole other lot of words comes to mind but that's not the case with all teenagers.

It is so hard to get a job, and while I struggle to get one, some of my classmates complain about how their "two jobs don't keep up with their shopping needs" or they hardly show up because they are too busy hanging out with their friends.

I don't know what else to say about this except, I am a hard worker who wants a shot at a job that will help me with my education and will allow me to buy myself something I like at the mall without feeling bad or not getting it at all because my parents would have to pay for it.

mhm. -J