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Question by ema G: How old do you have to be to get a job?
My little sister won’t stop asking for a raise in her allowance from my parents. She’s twelve years old, and i suggested she do jobs around the community such as babysitting, but she wanted to know how old you have to be in order to get any real job. So, whats the youngest age you can get a job at in the state of Washington, and what job is it? Thanks

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probably 16 but then thats in Texas

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One thought on “Q&A: How old do you have to be to get a job?

  1. michr says:

    it is legal in Washington and every other state for a minor 14 or older to work in an:
    Grocery store,
    Retail store,
    Movie Theater,
    Baseball Park,
    Amusement park, or
    Gasoline service station
    due to the high the unemployment rate at this time it is very difficult for minors to get a job………the jobs that use to be held by teens and retirees are now being taken by adults trying to support their families………

    Businesses such as Publix, Kroger’s, Food Lion, Sonic, Chic-Fill-A, McDonald’s, Winn-Dixie, Krystal’s, Dairy Queen, and Burger King along with smaller local businesses that are in the same genre tend to hire those your age.

    Fast-food and grocery stores are willing and able to train new employees but……………………
    Minors tend to have many issues that affect their ability to work such as tardiness, absenteeism, and numerous schedule requests, poor work-ethic etcetera.
    I am NOT implying you will have those issues but the fact that many your age do makes it more difficult for you to get an opportunity to prove your worth.
    Because of this you must be able to show through words and actions that you are reliable, dependable, punctual, detail oriented, trainable, coachable, punctual, mature and team oriented. You will also need great references since you don’t have work experience. Talk to teachers, counselors, clergy, coaches, club sponsors, and directors of places you have volunteered or people you have done casual labor for and ask them about giving you a reference. Get accurate, current contact information for them and ask them to be ready to get calls for references from potential employers.

    Most businesses are individually owned and operated so it is the owner’s policy and past experience with minors that will determine if they will hire you. Apply everywhere you can, the worse that can happen is they don’t hire you.

    For information concerning hours you can work (there are strict limits on when and how many for 14 & 15 year olds), jobs that you can do (there are many others) and work permits (some states do NOT require them) go to:
    US Department of Labor

    These options are available at 12 or older:
    Work in a business owned or operated by your parents
    Deliver newspapers/periodicals
    Work as an actor/ess in radio, TV or the theater
    Caddy at a public course
    Work as an umpire/referee in a municipal league
    Work on a private farm picking and/or selling fruits and vegetables
    Do casual labor (work for an individual in their home) such as pet-sitting, baby-sitting, running errands, tutoring, and yard-work etcetera…

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