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: Jobs for shy teens?


Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:22 PM
What jobs are there for shy teens?

Besides the library? :P I want to earn my own money rather than to wait for my parents or gifts.

Most part time jobs hire for the up front positions like cashier...and I don't like that at all. :o

And what about online jobs? Or jobs you can do from home? Is there any for teens? Please let me know if there is and I'd prefer that they be free. So many seem to have a fee with them.

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 08:34 PM
How about working as a stock-clerk in a grocery store? Then you stock the shelves but rarely have to interact with customers. Or, you could try working as a data processor -- that might even be something you could do from home. Or, how about medical transcriptionist--are you good with medical terms and spelling? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. Maybe you could work at a book store doing inventory?

4711
08-04-2011, 08:42 PM
Library would have been my first suggestion. :)

But don't dismiss cashier. You might find it weird but when you can put your public face on, you might find you are much less shy.
Stocking shelves is also an option, but those are usually night jobs. Depending on where you are, might not be a good option.

Then there is the ever popular burger flipping.

or house keeping in a hotel (not good when you still do school though)

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:44 PM
How about working as a stock-clerk in a grocery store? Then you stock the shelves but rarely have to interact with customers. Or, you could try working as a data processor -- that might even be something you could do from home. Or, how about medical transcriptionist--are you good with medical terms and spelling? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. Maybe you could work at a book store doing inventory?

I like working in the back :D I don't know where to find these ads though. And when I do it's always for the up front work... :( I have heard of data processing...but I didn't really understand it? What do you do?

I thought you had to go to school to be a medical transcriptionist...here in some colleges they offer those small courses for it. :P

And what happens when you work in inventory? :o

aka.pody
08-04-2011, 08:45 PM
I think it's great that you would like to work. :) I was thinking maybe a grocery or pet store. They often need help stocking shelves and things like that. I would stay away from online jobs. Take a look around your neighborhood for stores that might be hiring. You can always put in an application for one.

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:45 PM
Library would have been my first suggestion. :)

But don't dismiss cashier. You might find it weird but when you can put your public face on, you might find you are much less shy.
Stocking shelves is also an option, but those are usually night jobs. Depending on where you are, might not be a good option.

Then there is the ever popular burger flipping.

or house keeping in a hotel (not good when you still do school though)

No...I could never do it :XD: I don't have the courage, at least not yet. :p

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:47 PM
I think it's great that you would like to work. :) I was thinking maybe a grocery or pet store. They often need help stocking shelves and things like that. I would stay away from online jobs. Take a look around your neighborhood for stores that might be hiring. You can always put in an application for one.

Pet store sounds nice! As long as it's work that's in the background...lol :DWhere do I find ads?

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 08:54 PM
When you do inventory (we'll use a book store as an example) you'd open the boxes, cross check the contents to be sure that what was received matched what was ordered and enter the information into the computer system.

Data processing involves putting information into a computer in specific formats. That may mean typing numbers into a spreadsheet or specific information into forms.

The idea of working at a Petstore is a good one! The ones around here have people who walk the dogs that are there for doggie day care. You might also try a kennel where you'd feed the animals and clean up the kennel runs.

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:55 PM
There's a very small pet shop in a mall near my home. It's not a big company. I think it's only in my city. It has no website though...and I'm not sure who owns it and if they're hiring. But with how small it is, I feel if there is a job it may only be the cashier position. I may try calling and asking to see what positions there are.

And with a large company, here are the positions:

Operations - Store Managers
* Operations - Assistant Managers
* Operations - Cashier Associates
* Operations - Receivers
* Operations - Dog Groomers and Bathers
* Operations - Adoption Centre Associates
* Operations - Small Animal/Aquatic Specialists
* Operations - Dog Trainer (Training Certificate Required)

Now what would best match with a really shy girl?? :D

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 08:57 PM
When you do inventory (we'll use a book store as an example) you'd open the boxes, cross check the contents to be sure that what was received matched what was ordered and enter the information into the computer system.

Data processing involves putting information into a computer in specific formats. That may mean typing numbers into a spreadsheet or specific information into forms.

The idea of working at a Petstore is a good one! The ones around here have people who walk the dogs that are there for doggie day care. You might also try a kennel where you'd feed the animals and clean up the kennel runs.

Inventory sounds nice, do you need any experience to be able to get the position? :)

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 08:58 PM
Don't just look for ads...GO to places you are interested in working and ask if they have any part-time opportunities! I know that may be hard when you are shy, but management is more likely to be receptive when you demonstrate initiative. ;)

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:00 PM
Don't just look for ads...GO to places you are interested in working and ask if they have any part-time opportunities! I know that may be hard when you are shy, but management is more likely to be receptive when you demonstrate initiative. ;)

I know that's probably the best thing to do...but it's so hard :XD: I don't know what's wrong with me. :rolleyes: I usually end up pushing my parents in front and people start wondering and asking them whether I can speak English or not. :giggle:

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 09:02 PM
Everyone has to start somewhere, experience or not... Asking for an opportunity is a good way to begin. Make sure you convey that you are willing to work hard and that you learn quickly. I always looked at finding jobs as a kind of game. Made it a lot easier somehow.

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 09:06 PM
I'm switching over to PM now so we can "talk" one to one. :)

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:07 PM
Everyone has to start somewhere, experience or not... Asking for an opportunity is a good way to begin. Make sure you convey that you are willing to work hard and that you learn quickly. I always looked at finding jobs as a kind of game. Made it a lot easier somehow.

True, but I think since this is my first time - I'll probably find an ad and then call first. :o And once I start feeling more confident, I'll go there straight and ask them. :D

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:09 PM
I'm switching over to PM now so we can "talk" one to one. :)

Sure!...:)

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 09:11 PM
Give me a second, I have to log on the computer so I can type. This IPad is too difficult when I want to type much...

apolline
08-04-2011, 09:22 PM
When I was younger I worked at a call station. Ok, now I was shy too, and it was even hard to be talking to strangers on the phone. I did get over it though, as I had a booth and didn't have to interact with people face to face, or even interact with other employees that much. It may work for you.

It was a place where I had to call random people and ask them to do surveys. Kind of like telemarketing, except you aren't selling anything.

You can check if there's anything like that near you?

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:26 PM
When I was younger I worked at a call station. Ok, now I was shy too, and it was even hard to be talking to strangers on the phone. I did get over it though, as I had a booth and didn't have to interact with people face to face, or even interact with other employees that much. It may work for you.

It was a place where I had to call random people and ask them to do surveys. Kind of like telemarketing, except you aren't selling anything.

You can check if there's anything like that near you?

That seems interesting. What would the interview be like? Or training? Was it scary?? :)

apolline
08-04-2011, 09:30 PM
That seems interesting. What would the interview be like? Or training? Was it scary?? :)

For the interview what I had to do was read a sheet of paper outloud to the manager to make sure that I could talk and not fumble. Haha. Then I took a computer test on how fast I can type.

After that there were a few days of training sessions (they were like 1 - 2 hours long) that were basically just learning to use the system and learning on trying to get people to stay on the phone and take the survey.

It wasn't too bad, and believe me I bet I was as shy/more shy than you! Ok I might admit the manager was cute and made me want to work there.. hehe.

The job had really flexible hours; they only scheduled you when you said you were available each week, so you could switch it up.

FaeryBee
08-04-2011, 09:50 PM
I had to type in your Visitor Message area, I couldn't get any of my tries at PMing you to go through. Please start with the bottom one and work your way up to the top...

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:58 PM
For the interview what I had to do was read a sheet of paper outloud to the manager to make sure that I could talk and not fumble. Haha. Then I took a computer test on how fast I can type.

After that there were a few days of training sessions (they were like 1 - 2 hours long) that were basically just learning to use the system and learning on trying to get people to stay on the phone and take the survey.

It wasn't too bad, and believe me I bet I was as shy/more shy than you! Ok I might admit the manager was cute and made me want to work there.. hehe.

The job had really flexible hours; they only scheduled you when you said you were available each week, so you could switch it up.

I think I will look into that too! :)

Shahzadi
08-04-2011, 09:58 PM
Deborah thank you very much for your kind message, after I spread some karma around I will be sure to give some to you again! :)

apolline
08-05-2011, 07:51 AM
I think I will look into that too! :)

I googled the company I worked for and it says: "XX is a global marketing research firm providing scalable research services everything from survey and sampling design, in-house data collection, project management, to data analysis and interpretation. We tailor our services to meet your needs."

That might help in finding one near you. Try looking for a research or marketing company, or something.

malkore
08-05-2011, 01:03 PM
Honestly, why don't you use a job like cashier to get over your shyness?

I'm a shy person too, but even if you don't have to interact with customers, you have to interact with all the other employees.

But, let me tell you a little secret: once you leave high school...almost nobody cares how cool or popular you are...those walls fall away when you step into the real world and people wake up to 'what matters'.
The people that do care, are so outwardly shallow that you see their silliness from a mile away.
What I'm saying is, you won't need to be shy or self conscious about anything because adults care about a lot more important things than what teens think matter.

Shahzadi
08-05-2011, 07:21 PM
I googled the company I worked for and it says: "XX is a global marketing research firm providing scalable research services everything from survey and sampling design, in-house data collection, project management, to data analysis and interpretation. We tailor our services to meet your needs."

That might help in finding one near you. Try looking for a research or marketing company, or something.

Honestly, why don't you use a job like cashier to get over your shyness?

I'm a shy person too, but even if you don't have to interact with customers, you have to interact with all the other employees.

But, let me tell you a little secret: once you leave high school...almost nobody cares how cool or popular you are...those walls fall away when you step into the real world and people wake up to 'what matters'.
The people that do care, are so outwardly shallow that you see their silliness from a mile away.
What I'm saying is, you won't need to be shy or self conscious about anything because adults care about a lot more important things than what teens think matter.

Thanks for the help and advice! :)

Dave
08-05-2011, 07:44 PM
Honestly, why don't you use a job like cashier to get over your shyness?

I'm a shy person too, but even if you don't have to interact with customers, you have to interact with all the other employees.

But, let me tell you a little secret: once you leave high school...almost nobody cares how cool or popular you are...those walls fall away when you step into the real world and people wake up to 'what matters'.
The people that do care, are so outwardly shallow that you see their silliness from a mile away.
What I'm saying is, you won't need to be shy or self conscious about anything because adults care about a lot more important things than what teens think matter.
I agree. I'm a pretty shy person as well. My first job was a summer job working at a summer camp, which I loved.

Then I got a more "real" job working year-round at the bowling center I bowled at. Aside from when I worked at the front desk for the first couple weeks, I worked at the snack bar my entire time there. This job involved constant customer interaction, as well as working in a team to get food cooked, keep things running smoothly, etc. So there was interaction all around.

As a shy person, I had trouble asking my superiors for advice on how to deal with a situation (in fear of them looking down upon me) and dealing with difficult customers. Four years later, I was the person my co-workers were coming to for advice, and I was the one asked to deal with the difficult customers! Over my time there, I made friends with some of my co-workers, and built more casual relationships with many customers, many of whom looked forward to seeing me during their weekly leagues.

The bottom line is that, even as a shy person, I was still able to work my way up toward the top of my department and build fairly strong relationships with not only my co-workers, but the regular customers as well. I won't tell you it cured my shyness or made me a perfect leader, but looking back it certainly helped.

The only way to get over your fears is to face them head-on. (I wish I'd take my own advice. :rolleyes:) Like you, I wanted a job that involved minimal customer contact. For me, it was pushing carts at the local grocery store. My parents and others around me talked me into getting a job at the bowling center. I was definitely reluctant to go for it, but looking back I'd take the bowling center job over pushing carts any day!

FaeryBee
08-05-2011, 08:00 PM
But, let me tell you a little secret: once you leave high school...almost nobody cares how cool or popular you are...those walls fall away when you step into the real world and people wake up to 'what matters'.
The people that do care, are so outwardly shallow that you see their silliness from a mile away.
What I'm saying is, you won't need to be shy or self conscious about anything because adults care about a lot more important things than what teens think matter..
This is ABSOLUTELY correct!!
I was thinking today about what else I wanted to say to you, but it has already been said.

I will say that some of the people I thought were cool and with-it in high school turned out to be total losers in the real world. Many of the kids that were not in the popular crowd ended up being the ones that were truly successful (especially in relationships) because they already understood what really matters and were able to look beyond the superficial nonsense the popular kids bought into.
:wave:

Shahzadi
08-05-2011, 08:10 PM
Aww thanks for the advice you guys! :hug: