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June 18, 2011 7:39 PM Subscribe
I'm fifteen in Orlando, Florida. Where can I get a job?
posted by hotdiggitydog to Work & Money (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So far I've only applied to Publix (a regional supermarket chain), but I can't find anywhere else that accepts fifteen year olds. I have looked into telemarketing because I heard some companies, namely State Farm, accept teenagers, but am not entirely sure where to start. I would not like to do chores for my parents; I'm looking for financial independence. I'm not looking to do odd jobs for neighbors like babysitting or yard work, pool cleaning, etc. either. Most of them have been picked up by other kids, and I'd really rather have a part-time job where I can get a regular paycheck.
The problem, as I'm sure it is for many others, is finding a company/business that is willing to, or can legally hire me. I would love getting a peek at anything math or science related, but I'm fine with doing busywork, heck I'd be happy being a receptionist and answering phone calls, entering data, or stocking shelves.
Do you know of any companies that hire kids my age? Or who I should approach, or (for locals) any small businesses or mom-and-pop stores that would consider me? Perhaps point me in the right direction to find child labor laws for Orlando, because for some reason I can't find them. Anecdotes and any advice related to this would be great as well.
I'll be at UCF a lot next year, would a fifteen year old have any chance getting an internship or something similar? If so, how would I go about approaching a professor over the summer?
Bonus question: What survey-based or similar website have you had success making some money with? Are there any out there that actually care about who you are (consumer data, market research, etc.) rather than just getting your address to send you junk mail?