Work For Free

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If you’ve never had a “real job” before and you’re either not old enough or not available or not able to get a paying position, work for free. Go to an office, a golf course, a community center, a museum, and ask if you can help out every Saturday, or Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

It doesn’t have to be official volunteer work, though it can be. Or it can be at your mom’s office or your dad’s store. The idea is that it will expose you to the post-educational world, give you a taste of what it’s like to have a job, and teach you the ways of the work environment.

You will get an idea of what you like to do, what you can do, what you are truly good at. This is not something you can learn from reading a book or taking a class. There is no substitute for life experience here.

Plus, since you are going to do an excellent job, when the time comes to get real work, you have someone who can vouch for you, who can recommend you to a potential employer and help you land that paying gig. Which means that even though this position didn’t pay you in dollars, you got something out of it. So it wasn’t really working for free, was it?

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About JennyYM

Jenny Yerrick Martin is a veteran entertainment hiring executive with 20+ years in film, television, and music. She created to give students, recent grads and others a true picture of the layout of the industry, and how to break in, transition to a new area, or achieve more success on their current path.


  • Jennifer Hardaway

    October 2, 2009 at 11:47 am


    I think this is a great suggestion!
    You also never know WHO you are going to meet. They just may give or get you the next job!

    Thanks for the great article.


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