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How to find a Saturday job

A Saturday job will give you confidence and new skills which will look great when you start applying for sixth form, college, university or an apprenticeship.

The best way to find a Saturday job is to call in and ask.  Try local shops, hairdressers, cafes, restaurants, pubs serving food and hotels, and think about paper rounds or washing cars in a garage.   

This might sound scary but plan what you’re going to say and keep it simple - “I’m looking for a part time job and wondered if you had anything?”  Be polite, look them in the eye and smile.  You’re bound to be a bit nervous but the worst that can happen is that they’ll say no. 

Dress smartly and take some CVs or a letter with your contact details so that the employer can get back to you.   

Who do you know who has already got a Saturday job – get them to ask if their employer needs anyone else.  Autumn is a good time as students often leave their Saturday jobs to go to university.

Also keep a look out for cards in shop windows.

You usually need to be 16 or 18 to work in supermarkets and may have to apply online, check websites for details.  

Be creative, how could you earn money by working for your family, neighbours or friends?  (But stay safe, only ask people you know and always talk things over with your parents/guardians). Here are some ideas – babysitting, car washing, house work, gardening, grocery shopping, dog walking, looking after pets.  

If you haven’t finished Year 11, your employer must apply for a work permit for you which they, your parents/guardians and your school need to sign. 

There are some restrictions on the kind of work you can do and the hours you can work.  For details of the restrictions in particular areas go to one of these sites: 

Bournemouth

Dorset

Poole