Getting your first job can be scary. I know I was terrified my first day of work. But I promise that it’s not that bad. The most important thing is that it’s your first job, and your employer will know that, so they will be willing to work with you. Here’s what I did to get a part time job at Firehouse Subs!
The key that I have learned is that you have to be willing to learn and adjust while you work. If you put in your best effort your employer will notice.
The best way to describe what I’ve learned is to take you through the process step-by-step.
The job search. When searching for a job, the most important thing is persistence. You will find a job. You just need to put in some time and effort, even if that means taking a weekend to ask around town and see who is hiring.
It took me the longest time to get the motivation to actively search for a job. But sitting at home on the computer just wasn’t working. I had to go out and look around, which is how I found out that Firehouse was hiring.
Actually, I stumbled upon this job. We were eating at Firehouse one day, and I saw a sign that said they were hiring. I filled out a paper application and turned it in that day. A couple weeks later I got a call to go in for an interview.
The application. It’s your first job. You don’t have much previous work history to give, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have relevant skills. Make sure you tell about those.
I did have some skills to highlight with my writing, but I was also sure to include skills I gained in communication through school activities. After I turned the application in to the general manager she said she would look over it. I did not follow up, but a little over a week later, I got a call and was asked to come in for the interview the next day. Honestly though, most of the time you need to follow up in about a week after you submit the application.
The interview. It’s okay to have questions. You can’t be expected to know everything with no previous experience, but don’t seem unprepared either.
Asking questions about pay, hours, and other policies is important. But be sure you aren’t asking questions that could be answered by taking a moment to read up about the job on the company website.
When it came to answering questions, I was asked about my availability and transportation, as well as my expectations. They then told me what I would be responsible for and confirmed that I would be willing to do these tasks. When you’re answering the questions be honest. You don’t want a lie to come back and bite you.
I was really nervous during the interview but the manager talked about what I would be doing and told me she understood that this was my first job. She let me know a couple of expectations and then told me she would like to hire me.
A couple days later I went in and filled out some paperwork. I got the job!
The first day. Don’t get yourself worked up. Take a deep breath and remember, everyone has to start somewhere.
Of course, that sounds way easier than it is. I was so nervous my first day. But I made the effort to get to know my coworkers a bit, which made it way less stressful. Find someone to relate to and to ask questions, they know where you’ve been.
I was trained as I went, and I watched a couple videos, but the majority of training was watching another cashier and then trying for myself until I got it right.
The first paycheck. Firehouse pays every two weeks (on Wednesdays). When you go to cash your check don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can ask a parent or a friend or the teller at the bank, they will all be willing to help.
I had no clue what I was doing the first time I went to cash a paycheck, but boy did it feel awesome once I was taught how to do it by myself. It felt like a new milestone. Of course I also put money into savings. Ten percent of every check to be exact. This way, you get into a saving habit and you have money for a rainy day.
I know getting your first job can seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry. You have skills, and you’re unique, play to that. As long as you want to work hard and learn, you’ll be amazing!