How did most of you get started in the working world?

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OK ive never really held many jobs but one but i quit because i didnt like their shady practices. I worked for a mortgage company that would still finance people even though they’d go negative on their mortgage. Other than that I’ve never really held a job. I want to get back into mortgage loan/broker type work but I’d rather be fully licensed than working under someone as an assistant. I try going out lookin for a job but i have pretty much no experience so places don’t really look at my application. How did most of you get your experience started?

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    May 1, 2011 at 6:55 am

    It seems that you gotta know someone to get a really good job. Try parents or friends parents……just to get into the door.

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    May 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Go to an Agency, they will find a job for you.

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    May 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

    my mother kicked me out.

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    gentle giant
    May 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Started out as a dish washer at a cafe.

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    May 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Just start entry-level in any field that you’re interested in. That way you can get to know the business from a lot of angles.

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    Ginny C & Hobie D
    May 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I got started by my foster family!

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    May 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    you must start as an assistant and work your way up…i know it sucks but what are you gonna do if you really want to make a difference…

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    May 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    School is a good place to start. You can make lots of contacts.

    Also, you could find a company you admire or wish you could work for and ask them if you could intern with them, or even just shadow one of the employees, just to see what they do in an average day.

    Be persistant, but polite. Good luck!

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    May 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    sounds like when you go look for a job and fill out apps. you better take along your trusty kneepads

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    May 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I got lucky in high school when one of my teachers got me a job as a part time Chemist (This was after graduating 10th grade, during the summer).

    After having “Chemist” in your resume when you’re still a teenager, I guess its not that hard to find a job afterwards.

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    May 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Always in the gambling area. When I was 19 I worked in the betting shops. I have had many trips to casinos, and now I play poker. I was once a security guard but that job was rubbish compared with jobs in the gambling world. So I have found what I like now, and will continue doing this. It is not against my Morales to win money from other gamblers. It`s a way of rewarding me for playing better, so I see it as “I have earned the money that I usually win”.

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    May 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I stared out as a door to door salesman at 19,The money was so good I stayed at it for 31 years.A good salesman is never out of work.Unless he wants to be.

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    May 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    There were 4 kids in my family and I wanted a car. So I started working cleaning hotel rooms, Keeping house for elderly neighbors and car hopping at Sonic. I had 3 jobs and was going to school full time (A/B Honor Roll) all by the time I was 16 and I paid cash for my car and anything else that I wanted and never looked back.

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    May 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I am a freelance graphic designer, from my home for 10 years now. I am self taught and I learned most of my computer skills while doing temp work with Kelly Services – they help you to learn with tutorials and stuff. I really liked it – I never took a job that lasted longer than a couple of weeks because I didn’t want to get up in company bs

    After doing that for about 3 years or so I did get a full time job in my field, sort of. I was a “desktop publisher” doing everything from PowerPoint sales presentations to making office forms to in-office contest and promotion art. It was fun but they treated many of us poorly in the end and we were downsized – the whole department.

    Downsizing was the best thing that ever happened to me, because I got a good severance package plus unemployment benefits. The perfect thing to give me a cushion while I started my own business. I got a computer at home and went into biz for myself. I reported any work that I got to unemployment and my benefits lasted the better part of a year.

    From there you realize why you work for someone else – they know how to find the customers. But there is always a way and if you are determined to go on your own, you will surely be successful. I so totally love my job and will never go back to corporate america. I would sooner do freelance house painting than go back to 40 hours a week in a cubicle.

    Hopefully my story can help you. I don’t know how to do this for mortgage brokering. I have seen communities that have small Mortgage Brokerage outfits that might be easier to work for – they might be less strict on experience (they sometimes would rather train you themselves) and you get a clearer view of what it takes to run and operate such a business. When there are only a few people in the office you can get a feel for the place ethically etc.

    Peace and good luck!

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    May 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    My first job was in high school, at McDonalds.

    I hated it, but sucked it up for two years. I’ve loved some jobs, hated others, but always sucked it up and kept the job. Life’s like that.

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    May 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Be ready to start at the bottom. Work very hard and do a great job. You will find yourself climbing the ladder to success. Remeber, thoug, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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    May 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I started out as a waitress in the day and I taught disco dance in the evening. 3 nights a week I taught aerobics. After my kids were bigger, I went back to school and got my bachellor’s degree in Social Work. I went to work for the State of Mo in a lock down treatment facility for juvenile male offenders. Did that for 6 years and then transferred to the Children’s Division where I am an investigator. It has been an interesting journey.

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