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Seeking advice on the various things required in searching for a job.
So... I've lately become a bit disgusted with myself. For the past year or two my friend and his family has allowed me to live with them, and still do, but I feel as though I have been nothing but lazy to not strike out and try to work. It's ironic that it is such a rough time in terms of the economy that I choose to do this, but my life just feels very... empty I think is the right word. I spend much of my time perusing message boards, and have realized most of that time is me simply clicking away at the refresh key to catch one or two new posts. You could probably call me a bird that grew big enough to fly, but instead decided to kind of tumble down into his buddies nest for awhile. Well... to hopefully not sound too corny, I feel I'm prepared to stretch my wings out and fly.
With that likely unneeded paragraph out of the way I seek the guidance of this forum to figure out how things work. My family life had never been a good one, which meant that I was never given any sort of useful information from either of my parents on just what must be done. I believe a lot of what I wish to know could be tracked down via a hefty search... but I trust in this board far more, to tell you the truth. So to move on I'll say exactly what I'd like to know.
*What is the best way to put together a resume if I have never actually worked before? Much of a resume I understand completely but certain areas I'm unsure of what to provide as information other than 'None', since I'm not sure if leaving it blank would be frowned upon or not.
*Here is one of those areas I spoke of. You see I never graduated high school, and me being currently nineteen years old that is rather bad I must admit. I am looking into acquiring my GED and any information on that would be appreciated. However along with this I am curious what sort of jobs hire without the need of a high school diploma or equivalent. The pickings are likely very slim but being that I currently do not have to worry about using my money for any sort of bills it would give me the opportunity to put that money away and let it grow.
*A rather important question for me is where is the best place, or what is the best way, to go about finding a job; especially considering I have never worked before, and therefore have no experience. Most of the jobs I've found for retail on a few job seeking web sites were only interested in hiring for management positions, and it is very frustrating because of my inexperience.
*I do worry a bit about how I look. It is not my size, for I am a big guy, but it is how I keep my head and facial hair. My beard is somewhat grown out, it isn't long enough to reach my chest or anything but I can get a hold of it, especially around the chin area. This I am more than willing to clean up, however I wonder if having a full on beard at all would be detrimental. Along with this is my hair which is decently long, close to my mid-back. This I am less likely to be willing to change considering I keep it well out of the way, tied back. I'd wish to keep my long hair but working something out with a barber or stylist to make it look better but still keep the length may be something I could do.
Most of my questions are regarding appearance, which I wasn't sure would even be an issue, as well as my lack of experience. I do not think I will have trouble displaying my enthusiasm for a job and actually think that my general attitude would be an asset as what most retailers call a 'Sales Associate'. However there must be other fields I could look towards instead of retail, especially once I aquire my GED and any suggestions on that would be greatly appreciated.