Willing + Wanted
Lucas and Nicholas Shave
- Age: 16 /
- Born: Paradise
- OCCUPATION: High School Students, Grocery Store Clerks, No Frills Meat Department /
- Hours: 18-20 per week /
- Salary: $10.50 per hour, $180 per week
“I don’t have to ask my parents for money and stuff, so whenever I want something, I go and buy it,” says Lucas, who recently purchased a new ‘good’ stereo and headset. “Makes me feel pretty good. Usually when I would ask for stuff they would say, 'Maybe, I’ll think about it.'" "Balancing school and the job isn’t a problem because the managers are flexible", says Nicholas. "Usually if I have homework, or something, they’ll give me the night off.'"
Landed the job
When twins Lucas and Nicholas were 15 years old, they got their parents to sign a form giving them permission to work before turning 16. “My dad used to shop here all the time and he talked to the manager, and he asked if my sons could work here. And then finally, I went downstairs one day and my Dad said, 'Go to No Frills on Monday.' He will talk to you,” says Lucas. “I passed him my resume, he looked at it and he said it was a pretty good resume, and then he said for me to start two days from now.”
Processing, pricing and putting out meat products on the shelf, dealing with customers, receiving trucks.
“We don’t have any expenses. We live at home so there’s not much we have to pay for.”
Lucas: “The people that work here. I’m not going to say it’s easy because it is pretty hard work. It keeps you busy.”
Nicholas: “The people that work here are really nice. It makes your shift when people are nice and people you like to talk [to] and stuff.”
Lucas: “Sometimes when you have difficult customers, really you can’t control them. They’ll be mad at you.”
Nicholas: “Sometimes it’s really busy. That’s about it. It’s hard to get around because there are so many people in it.”
Smart phones, nice stereo equipment, laptop computers, saving thousands of dollars for car insurance when their parents buy them vehicles. “I’m going to have a car in a few months. My parents are buying me a car so I’m just going to pay the insurance,” says Lucas.
“I want to go to MUN or College of North Atlantic and see where that leads me, says Nicholas. “Either a trade or a degree, either of the two,” adds Lucas who says he hasn’t decided what he wants to do after high school yet.
WHAT THE BOSS SAYS
Kevin Shea has been in the retail business for 20 years and says the way to attract and keep young workers is to be unique and different. “Anybody can go anywhere and get $10 an hour,” says Shea. “So these millennials, or whatever you want to call them, whatever the word is, you’ve got to kind of accommodate them.”
“Working with the younger generation, you almost have to carry on and joke with them and keep it kind of light because that’s the way they see things nowadays. It’s not like in the older days, when people came to work, and he was the boss, and you've got to be like this. You've got to find out if the young fellas like football, and if they have an interest in this or that - interact - and talk to them." Do that, says Shea, and they enjoy coming to work.
Shea says he will hire someone on the spot. “When I go to hire someone in the interview, I look to see if they are personable enough to work in a retail environment because some people are introverted and it’s harder for them to communicate with the customer,” says Shea.
“And the other thing I traditionally look for in school kids is how good their marks are. I do ask that question because I know if they are going to take an interest to make sure they are doing well in school, I know when they come here they are going to take enough pride in their job and succeed in the workforce.”