What is your best advice for someone looking for their first job?
I have social anxiety, but I desperately need to get a job because we’re quite short of money. I’m 17 years old and I’ve never been employed before, so I don’t know what to expect or how to act. Do I tell employers about my anxiety and that or will it make them turn me down? And also what sort of jobs would be easier for me to cope with?
If you think that your anxiety would affect your ability to do your job to the point where you would be left unable to perform at all, then mention it to those interviewing you. You are just as capable as anyone else looking for a job, just remember to be positive and as confident as you can manage. c: I think a desk or office job where you don't have to work with the public would be the easiest on your anxiety, because people can be very stressful. Also, avoid being a cook or working in a kitchen, because that is often just as bad if not worse than actually working with the public. Confidence is key! You can always message me if you want to talk more, good luck out there!
I really don't know what job suits you, but whenever be interviewed by employers always remember not to emphasize your anxiety though we know it is untruthful, but always think that in general, employers see people with that type of feeling not capable of work..
Personally, I wouldn't tell any employer about any mental health issues, especially not at an interview. You don't know how someone will react, and people without a mental disorder are not always respectful. (To be fair, it's often hard to respect someone's problems until you know them.)
Interviews are one of those things that you just have to practice. Is there a career center nearby, or a counselor at school who you could practice with?