OPEN LETTER TO A DISCOURAGED TEENAGER
Today you came to me looking for a job. From the look of your shoulders
when you walked out, I suspect you have been turned down before.
Or maybe you believe that nobody wants to hire a kid just out of high school
with no experience.
Well, it happens that I did hire a teenager today. He had a big smile
on his face and he wore a necktie. What was so special about that
kid? Experience? No, he didn't have any. It was his attitude
that put him on the payroll instead of you.
He wanted that job bad enough to put on a clean shirt and to take the time
to find out something about our company before he came down here.
He was here at 9 a.m. too, while you were probably just rolling over in
bed. He did his best to impress me and that is where he edged you
out. You know kid, men have always gotten jobs the same way they get girls,
by combing their hair, wearing a clean shirt and acting interested.
You see, kid, folks who do the hiring are looking for kids that have "spark".
They look for someone who looks energetic and eager. When you asked
me, "What are the hours?", "When do I get a day off?" and "How much do
I get paid?", the red light went on inside my head. I knew you would
not get a job here.
It does not matter to me that you are behind in your car payments.
That is your problem. I need someone who will work for me as hard
as he would work for himself. The next time you go looking for a
job you need to think of this.
Jobs may not be that plentiful right now but they are out there.
Employers are always looking for smart, energetic young people who will
go the extra mile and when they find one they can't wait to get them on
One more thing, kid, watch out who you ask for letters of reference.
Those same teachers you are so disrespectful to in school, those people
who are friends of your parents but you can't lift your head to smile or
say hello, don't you think they might find it difficult to write a good
reference letter for you? Who will you find to say that you are polite
If you've paid a dime's worth of attention to what I have said here today, I
think you will find a good job darned soon.
luck, kid! You are going to need it.