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Topic # 222636 21-Aug-2017 22:59
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Hey guys, I don't really know if this is the right place to put this but anyway..

 

I'm 18, I've been looking for work around my area where I live and surrounding areas, have not found anything yet and have been looking for over a year now.

 

So what I'm thinking now is well I have my computer and I have a lot of spare time so I'm wondering if any of you have any ideas at what I can do on my computer / online to make money.

 

Thanks :D


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  Reply # 1850124 22-Aug-2017 06:39
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Where do you live?

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  Reply # 1850162 22-Aug-2017 09:22
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Do you have any training or work experience with computer work? Otherwise do you have good skills with MSOffice or other business software?

 

I think it would look good to a prospective employer if you could demonstrate some sort of work ethic/experience, even if not related to computer work. So maybe consider any kind of employment while you are waiting for your preferred work to become available - even if it's a bit crappy. A prospective employer can still look at you and think "this guy sticks at it and is known to be reliable". I reckon that's gold to the potential employer.

 

I wish you the best of luck, mate.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1850171 22-Aug-2017 09:34
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If you're looking at doing basic stuff like data entry you're competing with people from India / China where the cost of living is low. So short term you might make a few dollars with something like Amazon Mechanical Turk, long term that's not good.

 

18 year olds generally don't know much that is of benefit to an employer. You can be a reliable pair of hands, but that will make you low paid most of your life.

 

Training in something skilled is probably the best option. ICT is a good career, but so are trades. Trades wear the body out earlier though.

 

Short version: learn something that someone wants to pay you for.





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  Reply # 1850177 22-Aug-2017 09:48
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timmmay:

 

 

 

Short version: learn something that someone wants to pay you for.

 

 

Yes, but also make sure its something you've got some interest in, or else it'll do your head in.





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  Reply # 1850179 22-Aug-2017 09:49
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Have you considered Neighbourly? I have seen quite a few people in my area offering their services, or people asking for help getting xyz done where little/no skills are required.


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  Reply # 1850186 22-Aug-2017 09:59
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  Reply # 1850411 22-Aug-2017 15:20
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Sam91:

 

Won't make you money, but will help you upskill.

https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x

 

https://www.codecademy.com

 

 

Thanks for these links, I've always been interested in learning to code more :D


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  Reply # 1850416 22-Aug-2017 15:26
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@deathlynx: There are SO many industries SCREAMING for workers right now. Chorus would pretty much take any warm body, probably train you and pay you ok money, but Fletchers, any of those big construction companies would kill for more people. 

 

I'd think you could do worse than to give the Chorus head office a call, and politely enquire to speak to their HR people and ask some advice. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1850421 22-Aug-2017 15:36
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Also check out Microsoft Virtual Academy for a general introduction into career useful IT type areas.


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  Reply # 1850456 22-Aug-2017 16:14
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Are you particularly tied to working where you're living right now? Seems to me that you might be limiting your opportunities by not considering a move to (say) Christchurch.

 

 


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  Reply # 1850546 22-Aug-2017 16:55
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I guess I'm a bit old fashioned but as the other guys say you need to have something to offer which may not be readily available from the net. No substitute for getting out in real world and door knocking as it shows you are keen and they get to see the person not an email.

 

Need to know what you want to do if you aren't sure look at business's that interest's you but be prepared to take knock backs because the real world isn't like school (not demeaning you due to age but see a lot come through work that aren't prepared properly). Look at work experience or just taking anything so you can show what you can do.

 

As has been said there is a lot of opportunities out there but a lot of people that think its beneath them but we all need to start somewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1850782 22-Aug-2017 23:29
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At the moment, just get a job. Any job. My first job was at Mc Donalds, Sure it wasn't the best, but it and other fast food stores are good entry level work experience. Also have a look at the various labour hire companies. As they will take virtually anyone (been there, done that) again good experience and importantly you get put in front od lots of potential employers, who get to see what your work ethic is like. If you are good - you will get offered permanent jobs with them or get asked to attend interviews (if you get asked to attend a job interview instead of you asking them, there is a really good chance that you will get the job).

 

Make sure that you tell all of your friends and family that you are looking for a job. As most jobs are never advertised, lots of people get new jobs because they hear that their current boss is looking to hire more people. And they tell people they know to call and ask.

 

Training is important. But continuous work experience is also very important, even if it is only in dead end min wage jobs. Just having a CV that shows continuous employment for 2 years or so already puts you ahead of alot of people looking for work. A close friend is in charge of hiring for a call centre. He says that he gets people applying who have just finished university, they have a degree but they have never had a single job in their entire life. The friend says that people who have previously worked at KFC turn out to be better suited for the jobs he has than those who are fresh out of uni with no work experience. Also call centre work offer opportunities to advance up the ranks of the company. The friend who hires in the call centre started there himself, and he now gets paid well over $100K per year. And he doesn't have any official qualifications.

 

Also don't discount the trades as long as you go for a licensed trade. (A trade that you must hold a licence to work in, EG electrical, building , plumbing etc) As they pay good and once you are fully qualified you can easily become self employed and hire people yourself to build up your own company.






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  Reply # 1850785 22-Aug-2017 23:36
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Yep. Drainlayers and scaffolders are making $100k right after qualifying with their certificate. Other trades probably not far behind if at all. 


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  Reply # 1851443 23-Aug-2017 19:14
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deathLynX: ... and I have a lot of spare time ... 
What? How can that be? I hear looking for a job is a full time job these days. cool

 

 

 

deathLynX: ... what I can do on my computer / online to make money.
Why am I doing your Google search work for you? sealed

 

Want to be creative with your computer?

 

What ever job you do, you will need a reputation and with the above listed jobs it will take a while to build that up so that you can start the more worthwhile offers. To that end, you can also start a Github page and contribute to Opensource or other projects. Not only in code, but also with documentation review. Get a digital portfolio of sorts going so that future employers of yours can get an easier understanding of you.

 

 


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  Reply # 1851449 23-Aug-2017 19:16
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money-mouth Make $400 a day from home, on your computer! money-mouth

 

wink Simply buy this DVD from me for $4000 revealing all my secrets to earning the big bucks! tongue-out

 

 


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