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The Best 3 Immediate Job Opportunities for Recent High School Graduates

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Stevie G. is a Life Coach, Educator and Researcher. He is the founder of Infinite Visionary Training Center in Minnesota.

Are you a recent high school graduate looking for an immediate job? Maybe you are planning on eventually going to college, but just not ready to go right now. However, you still want to work and make a little money to help contribute to your living expenses. After all, you may want to continue to live with your parents for a while.

Your in luck. Several excellent job opportunities exist for recent high school graduates who desire to take on the immediate responsibility of working a job. These jobs are nearly always there for the taking.

Cashier Jobs for High School Graduates

Grocery and retail stores are always looking to hire cashiers. The most wonderful thing about a cashier job is that it puts you in direct contact with customers. As a result, you have an opportunity to meet new people and grow in personality and character.

You will also learn how to deal with customers who are frustrated or disappointed with specific products or services which the company sells. The knowledge of dealing effectively with customers is priceless. You learn to be calm and poised against emotional pressure.

Once you get to know your customers, many of them will begin to shower you with kindness whenever they enter the business. Becoming a cashier is the quickest route to dealing with streams of incoming strangers, face to face. What this means is that if you have any fear of people, the fears will be very short lived as you become accustomed to serving others.

Places to Work

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Barns & Nobles

Fast Food Restaurants for High School Graduates

Working in a fast food restaurant can be fun but also hectic. You’ll have to be quick on your feet and speedy with your hands, especially if you are preparing hamburgers and fries. The most effective thing about working at fast food restaurants is that you learn to think on your feet.

You will encounter several obstacles in the process of preparing food for others. For example, you may need more pickles and onions for the hamburgers, or you may need to put more fries in the fryer. You must know where these items are located or you must inform others who may be responsible for preparing those food items.

Therefore, you will have to be assertive when communicating with others. In this way, you will play a vital part in making the process of service go smoothly. Never be afraid to inform others of what you need to perform you job effectively. Your goal is to satisfy customers as quickly as possible.

Places of Work

  • McDonalds
  • Burger King
  • Wendy’s

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Assembly or Warehouse Jobs for High School Graduates

Dozens, sometimes hundreds of factory or warehouse positions await young job candidates with just a diploma in their portfolio. The most beneficial thing about working in assembly or warehouse jobs is that you can master productivity.

In these types of jobs, you must be committed to standing on your feet 90% of the time. You may have to assemble parts, package items, pull or store boxes of business files, do inventory or arrange files and lift boxes. Therefore, you will have to master dexterity and focus on avoiding mistakes.

Factor or assembly jobs can be fun when working in teams. Your team can compete with other teams in terms of productivity. Many times, employers might reward the teams which are most productive on a weekly basis.

Places to Work

  • Amazon warehouses
  • Aerotek, Medical assembly
  • Medtronic

High school graduates who want to work need to know that employers are nearly always hiring in the above jobs. All it usually takes to get your foot in the door is to fill out an online application, or one in person, and participate in an interview.

© 2017 Stevie Glenn

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