Our high school had a job counselor, and students could go to the job counselor and if he had an available position, he would send you to work. Of course you had to be of age and have a social security number. Bob had driven me to the social security office to apply for my social security card and after receiving it, I began dropping by to see the job counselor every day.
Initially the job counselor just brushed me off. But I was consistent and went to see him daily. I was constantly turned away, but the next day, I'd be right back. Finally one day when I went in to see him, he responded more positively. He told me that the department store, The Broadway, was hiring sales girls as Christmas help and asked me if I'd be interested. I accepted immediately. I was warned if my grades slipped, I would no longer be allowed to work.
I had to go to The Broadway for training, and fortunately, I had a friend who was licensed to drive. We had been hired at The Anaheim Broadway, in Anaheim, California, so every day after school we would head to Anaheim, in preparation for the holiday shoppers. We were trained in everything from what to wear, to how to punch a time clock. We were told that the "customer is always right", and how to handle difficult situations. We learned to work the cash register, and how to count out change to a customer.
Finally after about a week of training, I was ready to go to work. I had a job!