Emma Braunstein – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The routine stress of having a job is something that many Mustangs experience daily.

One of the big steppingstones in life is becoming independent and experiencing the real world through a job. Not only will working prepare you for life but it also teaches a sense of responsibility.

The process of applying for a job is a challenging experience. More now than ever the world is claiming people don’t want to work. However, they fail to mention all the obstacles a person has to go through to get a job.

LRHS junior Lilly Larue said, “Companies expect so much of their workers and for them to put their jobs first instead of everything else.”

Just filing out an application is a time-consuming task. Companies ask for an upload of a resume, but then ask one to manually fill out all past job experiences. Most companies also ask for lots of personal information such as an address or phone number before they even see you as a potential candidate.

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The most dreadful part of the application can be the numerous “what if” questions and scenarios. These questions often include, “What would you do if you had an issue with a coworker?” “Are you a hard worker?” “What would you do if a customer asks you a question?” “Do you work well with others?” “What do you like about our company?” and so forth.

All that work is necessary to get a high school job that can be very temporary.

“At my last job I had to end up quitting because they scheduled me to work until 11 on a school night and refused to let me leave early or change my schedule,” added Larue.

LRHS college and career counselor Ricardo Acevedo said no matter what the job, the application is a worthwhile and necessary effort.

“Like everything in life it is a process,” he said. “It is just one of those obstacles you must overcome to continue to the next step.“

Many Mustangs weigh the pros and cons before applying for and accepting a job.