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Chinese Food TakeoutYou never forget your first job, right? At the age of 15, you can’t legally work in New York yet unless you jumped through all these hoops to get a work permit. It was this stupid little green card that said you would only work during certain hours of the day, the total number of hours per week couldn’t exceed some number, and was a really big pain in the butt to get.

I wanted the card because I needed one to work the cushiest job I knew about, the library. I heard librarians were making ridiculous money putting books away in a nice, air conditioned building. :) After getting the card, I soon learned that everyone else had the same bright idea and some crazy people were doing it for free! The wait-list for a summer job at the library was months.

So we went to option two and my first job ended being at a Chinese takeout restaurant. I answered phones, prepared people’s take out orders, and banked a lovely $5 an hour tax free. Turns out the stupid card was completely unnecessary if they just handed me cash at the end of the day. I think I worked there for a year or so, getting a couple raises in the process (I think I ended at like $6.50 an hour), and getting a good lesson in life. All in all, I think it was a great first job experience.

What was your first job?

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58 Responses to “Your Take: Your First Job?”

  1. I also had a paper route. My next job was at a miniature golf course, where I did maintenance work such as mowing the lawn, dumping garbage, etc. I held that one through high school and college. I miss working in the fresh air!

  2. Deby says:

    I had several “pre-jobs” before I was old enough to have a “real job”: worked in a dog boarding kennel; mucked out horse corrals; a little babysitting; and worked in the school cafeteria during lunch, that I remember getting a whole 14 bucks a week for. My first “real job” was at the same McDonald’s my mother was working at at the time. Paid for my second horse, so not a bad job at all :)

  3. Jane says:

    I had one of those easier first jobs. Lifegaurd at a Lake in county park. I think I started out at $6.50/hr because it was “skilled” labor. So yes I got tan for two summers and during that time only 1 rescue was preformed.

  4. jillianlou says:

    Working at a leadership conference for $800/11 day session (4 sessions during the summer) – and all expenses paid (housing, food, travel). It was the summer before college, and I spent every single dollar of that money on god knows what freshman year…if only I knew then what I know now!

  5. CJ says:

    Aside from a paper route for many years…Taco Bell. Good times.


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