5/23/2013 Update: What in the world can you do if you are in the position that you are 18 years old, looking for a job, and you have no experience? This is one of those situations where the employers want you to have experience but how can you get any if you can’t get a job in the first place? IT’S MADDENING!
Right now in 2013, it is one of the worst times ever to be looking for a job. The unemployment rate is near 8% and it is MUCH higher for young workers without any work history.
The first thing you need to do is to realize that you are probably NOT going to get a great job right out of high school. Without a college degree, the simple fact is that you are going to have to start at or near the bottom and work your way up. You need to realize and be willing to take a job that pays minimum wage or close to it if that is all you can get.
1) SNAGAJOB (free to sign up) is the best place online to search for hourly and part time jobs that young adults can get. These are the retail and customer service jobs that require very little and even no prior work experience. Snagajob specializes in finding the exact kind of jobs that an 18 year old can get.
2) Job.com (free to sign up) is one of the bigger job portals where you can post your resume and search through 1000’s of jobs in your city.
3) Monster.com (also free) should not be overlooked as they are the biggest job website. You can submit your resume for head hunters to see and search through their extensive job database.
If you are 18 or 19 years old, your first goal should be to get a job and I mean ANY job. Any job is better than no job and if you have no experience, you need to get something on your resume right away. A job paying minimum wage that you can list on your resume is much better than having no job at all.
It is true that sometimes we think we are worth more than we really are. By that I mean we let our ego get in the way and don’t take a job because we think that the job is not good enough for us. If you are thinking to yourself that you are not going to work in a fast food restaurant or take a job as a night watchman because those jobs are “beneath” you, then you might want to reconsider.
If you take a minimum wage job now that you don’t really want, it doesn’t mean you have to keep it for the rest of your life. It just means that was your first job or one of your first jobs and we all have to start somewhere. Take that job so that you can say that you do have some experience for the NEXT job. You have to start on the bottom and work your way up like most people do.
So, if you are out there looking for jobs for 18 year olds with no experience, your best bet is to try to get in at the bottom somewhere and so that you can get some experience and also have some money coming in. Don’t let your ego get in the way of taking that first job! Good luck.