IT CAN sometimes seem like teenagers belong to a different species than the rest of human kind, but a Montville business has come up with a way to find the right teen for the job.
Chocolate Country owners Julie and Paul Walters put an ad up in their window seeking a teen ready to "relieve the burden from their parents of having to pay for everything".
Desirable qualities listed included being able to look people in the eye when speaking to them, being able to last eight hours without a mobile phone and a demonstrated ability to open the mouth fully when speaking and not grunt.
The life skills your parents need to have passed to you to join the real world of employment are:
- Be able to look people in the eye when you speak to them.
- Open your mouth fully when speaking and not grunt.
- Know what a dishwasher is and how to load one.
- Be able to push a brush like you mean it.
- Be able to last eight hours without your phone.
- Must be able to hold a conversation with adults when required.
- Be able to last eight hours in day light away from your bedroom.
If you think that you are the teenager we are looking for or have heard there is one that exists in another area please contact us so we can give them a job.
"My husband wrote it one day after thinking 'I know what I need, surely there must be one out there'," Mrs Walters said.
"We are an artisan chocolate shop, making our chocolates on site.
"Chocolate is a treat and should be fun, so we need staff that are happy, enthusiastic and understand the need to give our customers an enjoyable experience every time."
The couple has had its fair share of experience working with teens and enjoyed watching their confidence grow.
"You've got to understand they are still children," Mrs Walters said.
"I can't expect kids to come in and work like grown-ups, because they're not.
"As long as they've got the bones I can work with them.
"It's very rewarding to see that you can help them achieve that little bit of confidence."
The ad in the hinterland shop's window has certainly captured plenty of attention but the Mrs Walters has received fewer responses than in the past when using more conventional ads.
But those that have responded, she said, have shown "a little more spark".
Mrs Walters said part-time work was a great introduction to the workforce for young people, even if they weren't interested in working in retail when they finished school.
"I think almost everybody should do a little work in retail or hospitality before they go out into the world because it give them an ability to interact with people," she said.
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