I'm curious on what it is like where you live in terms of employment. I'd like some serious input because I feel like our area just sucks. A friend of mine just came from Alberta after staying there for 3 months and said that there are jobs everywhere. Sure cost of living is higher, but he said jobs are everywhere and you can find one the day you look for one. He's only staying down here for a month and going back. My friend couldn't even get his old job back to make money in my area. They loved him at the place, but can't give him a job? WTF? Minimum wage here is what everyone pays. You get a dollar more an hour than minimum and you got bragging rights. You're a teenager with a job with student wage (which is lower than minimum wage!) and you have bragging rights. In my area, you have to dress all nice and act all professionally for a job at McDonald's for crying out loud. Employers around here are just cheap! There is a lot of money flowing around this area considering we have the Welland Canal (ships) and Niagara Falls, Ontario, which bring a lot of money. I'm not overexaggerating my claims to getting a job a McDonald's. I couldn't even get one in high school and a lot of my friends couldn't. If you got one, you were lucky and did something. I ended up with a job at Burger King, but that's only because I knew the Hiring Manager!!! How pathetic is that. You need connections to get a job at a fast food place? Anyways, I might be looking for a better job soon. I find myself to be very sociable and friendly when I talk to people. I got my current job the same day (which is rare) because he liked how I presented myself. I also think I have a great looking resume with peer tutoring and honour awards listed on it. We will see if I can get a job that pays more than $10 an hour that does not require sitting at a phone doing telemarketing, which is all we have around here that pays nearly $10, but not quite. Sad. Note: Here in Ontario employers can pay high school students less than minimum wage. How disgusting is that. They want these kids to save for university making below minimum wage!