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I am 15, and I turn 16 in roughly 3 months. I live in Paducah, KY and I want to apply for a job at the local BestBuy. I've heard from other people that if you're 15 1/2, you can apply for a job that says minimum age is 16, but i'm not sure if that is accurate. This will be my first official job. I'm really good with computers/technology and have great social/public speaking skills. If anyone can help me out with this, that would be great! Thanks!

asked Oct 01 '12 at 16:08

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Probably not as your first job. I mean brick and mortar stores for your first time, especially at Best Buy won't happen. Most of the people there are 17 and up. Not to discourage you, I mean go for it. You probably won't work with computers as Geek Squad you do have to be 18. I'd think you'd work at the back or be a cashier, but that's my guess. Go for it!

I know my friend, he works at Best Buy up here in the Bronx, he's 17 going on 18, I asked him and up here (well this local store) they look for people that could work from 2:30pm onwards. I was lucky to find a job at my local Verizon Wireless store fixing some phones at the back. Jobs are competitive bro.

I can't emphasize this enough don't get discouraged. You could get hired! I mean you're about to be 16, as long as you got your working papers and your government ID like a permit/licence you're good!

answered Oct 01 '12 at 16:50

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DJ Scooby Doo

edited Oct 01 '12 at 16:55

thanks bro!

(Oct 01 '12 at 17:30) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Well I don't live in America, but from my personal experience I doubt you'd get a job there. I've been looking for a job since I was 16. I'm 18 now and I've never even had an interview. About a week ago I applied for a job with Currys (The UK equivalent of Best Buy), it was an online application with only multiple choice things. At the end I was told by the system "Based on your responses, you're exactly the kind of person we want working for us! Expect an interview soon". 6 hours later I got an automated email from them rejecting me for the job with no explanation.

It's hard to get a job. Especially for young people, all I can say is keep trying!

answered Oct 01 '12 at 19:07

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Here in the US, I think it is a lot easier for teenagers to get jobs than older/middle aged people just based on the fact that we tend to be more energetic and willing to work. For example, my friend just turned 16, and he put in an application the first day he got his permit, and he was hired on the spot. Good luck though!

(Oct 01 '12 at 19:30) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Same happened with me on an AT&T application. They asked me are you over 18 in the summer, and when I put no, bam. Automatic rejection.

(Oct 01 '12 at 19:33) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

@swagmanT - I suppose so, in the Uk the minimum wage is lower for people under 21 to encourage people to hire us, it doesn't help! -_-

@Dj - I think with places like that though you need to be 18 to handle contracts and stuff. :p

(Oct 01 '12 at 19:46) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

Hell that same question was on Toys R Us, Target, Starbucks, etc. I mean I'm 18 tomorrow, but damn. It was hard as hell to find a job below 18.

(Oct 01 '12 at 21:13) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I know, most places don't want to hire inexperienced young people who can't legally do a lot of the things required of the job. Anyway, happy birthday for tomorrow!

(Oct 01 '12 at 21:17) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

http://goo.gl/AOuBq, thank you :D

(Oct 01 '12 at 21:32) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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I applied for BestBuy and never heard back. So I wasted over an hour applying (yes, it was that tedious), and they couldn't even send an email thanking me for spending my time to apply.

If you want a business to go into bankruptcy, follow BestBuy's example...

answered Oct 01 '12 at 20:00

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Honestly, I just want to improve my friend's experiences. I hear too many stories of people walking into bestbuy looking for a product or wanting to know what something does or why to buy one thing over the other, and not a SINGLE employee has a clue what to do or what the customer wants. I know I'm just one person, but still. If I can improve just 1 persons day, it's worth it.

(Oct 01 '12 at 21:07) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Unfortunately, Best Buy doesn't hire the best people for the job. People like us are destined for something like this, but they'll hire practically anyone else.

I think that I would get the job if it was seasonal (Black Friday, Christmas...); businesses are always dying for help during those times.

(Oct 01 '12 at 21:58) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image
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