Jobs for 15 Year Olds

<p>I'm turning 15 next month and I want to get a weekend job.<br>
I don't want to do freelance type work such as babysitting. I'd like an actual employer. I also don't want to do background tasks such as packing and taking inventory. I like working with people, whether they be customers or coworkers. Is it possible to get this kind of job at 15?
I live in the US btw :)</p>

<p>There are so many options. Supermarkets, anything in retail, resturants (probably dish washing), batting cages (a few of my friends have jobs there), and many more. At your age you will mostly be doing behind the scenes work like stocking shelves and washing dishes. There may be some rules against what 15 year olds can't do in your state, in my state you have to be 16 to operate a power tool for instance.</p>

<p>You're awfully picky about what jobs you will accept.
With that attitude you won't have much luck finding work.</p>

<p>It's going to be kind of difficult (I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to agree with Batllo here). Usually at your age, you need to take on whatever job you can find so that when you're 16/17/18, you'll have something to put on your resume and a better chance of getting the jobs you're actually interested in. There are some businesses that will be willing to hire minors, but you are going to have to find those yourself. When I was 15, I worked at a restaurant helping with take-out and since then I've worked as a dishwasher and now a receptionist at a tutoring center. I'd recommend building up your resume and to not limit yourself to such a narrow pool of jobs. </p>

<p>Also, I'm pretty sure most states will require a work permit for a minor - be sure to get that from your school and to have your employer fill it out. Good luck on your job hunt!</p>

<p>In a job market where 20 year olds can't be hired, I'm sorry but really do you think 15 years old with no experience will be hired?</p>

<p>Pick a job. Don't be picky about it d:</p>

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<p>Whoops, didn't read that part. Those are pretty much the only jobs you can get. A few summers ago I was looking for a job as a 14 year old, and the only job I could find was being a maintenance worker at a country club. I wish I could say it was a fun summer, but it was my worst summer ever. I did, however, develop a profound respect for people who do those sorts of jobs. If you think you will be doing anything that requires intuition or advanced 'people skills' at 15 you're delusional.</p>

<p>Work in a lab. You'll have to volunteer at first, and pay is far from certain, but it's an excellent job for a high school student.</p>

<p>^^It's not like high school students can just "work in a lab" At least where I'm from, it's extremely difficult. I probably emailed 15 professors and met with 4, and not one was interested. I have a pretty extensive resume, too. </p>

<p>Anyway, if there is a Kumon in your area, that might work. I know they hire 14-15 year olds.</p>

<p>I've had two jobs since I was fourteen (family went bankrupt...sigh). The first was at a piano academy. I worked my way up by playing there and then they hired me as an assistant. I moved away but I now teach private lessons. I know you said you don't want to do "freelance" but I make far more money as a piano teacher than I do at my other minimum wage job, and it has taught me both leadership and how to effectively deal with customers. So if you have a marketable skill like playing an instrument, speaking another language, etc. at least consider it.</p>

<p>Thanks for the responses everyone. I think I am going to volunteer at a local hospital. Eventually, I would like to assist in a medical research steps, but baby steps ya know??</p>

<p>First of all good for you, looking for a job in the first place. A lot of kids are happy with just goofing around and bugging their parents for money. There are some options out there, you just have to find them.</p>

<p>Volunteering is a wonderful idea. It can put you in a good position later on. The place that you volunteer should be doing something that you will want to do later. Or at a place that you might want to work at later. </p>

<p>Volunteering at a hospital might only offer you the chance to do something that involves talking to certain types patients or delivering flowers. You are not going to get into a lab. If you really want to get into some type of lab then try doing volunteer work at the local Humane society or maybe getting an intern type position in the lab at the local police station.</p>

<p>The reason that kids your age don't get jobs dealing with people because you need to learn the protocal that goes along with dealing with the public. There are things that you just don't say and ways that you are supposed to act to lessen the chance of liability.</p>

<p>Volunteering can be such a great way to get a job later as well as learn what you might want to do later. Volunteering at a hospital might be what makes you realize that you don't actually want to work in one at all. If you spend some time anywhere it will give you a good idea of what it is going to be like there, and that is a big help in making future plans. Some things might look like fun and exciting on the outside but then you will realize that it is tedious.</p>

<p>Don't be so fast though to overlook what was termed "free lance". You would be amazed at what can come out of doing something like this. There are tons of free lance and under the table types of jobs that can lead you to your own business later on. Walking the neighbors dogs or picking up their groceries can lead to having your own pet-sitting and delivery business. Babysitting could lead to a position as a nanny for a family that will take you to some interesting places.</p>

<p>With what has happened in the economy lately, there are more people turning their hobbies and former simple interests into jobs that are quite successful. Putting a niche business together starts this way exactly.Give yourself some time to figure out what you might want to focus on with the volunteering and with some of those "free lance" positions.</p>

<p>If you live in the South try Publix. It's all about customer service and it's an easy job. </p>

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<p>A cashier sounds like a good job for you. The supermarket where I work part time as a cashier hires 15 year olds. It's a good job. A lot of the cashiers are from different high schools in my county, so I've met a lot of new people by working there.</p>

<p>To be honest there aren't any jobs you can get at 15, in this economy, with no experience. Allot of companies won't even consider you until you're 16, and most of them that do are summer jobs. However, I do know that Hot Topic hires at fifteen and allot of small businesses do too. By the way, if you want your parents to help you look for a job, be prepared for them to flip on you if they find one you'd hate (for me that's hot topic...)</p>

<p>^ there are a lot of places that hire kids. Especially grocery stores bc not many adults want to be baggers. Plus the hours are super flexible. </p>

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<p>OP better read this quote.</p>