Nine-year-old Ashley Verhaeghe-Jones just began her very first job, working as a newspaper carrier for The Free Press.
Ashley has been saving up her allowance to pay for a cell phone, but is hoping the extra cash she’ll earn delivering papers will help her reach the goal a little sooner.
“I wanted to do it because it’s the only kid job out there that I know of,” she said. “I want to be able to go buy stuff and pay for my cell phone.”
Ashley went on to say, “I wanted to work at The Free Press because everyone else has a job in my family. I asked my mom and she was ok with it.”
When it came to applying for the job, Ashley went about it the same way everyone else in her family had before her, she handwrote a resume and cover letter, and came by The Free Press office to deliver it in person.
Ashley’s cover letter explained why she wanted the job. “Being the youngest one in my family I have decided that I want to work and have money like everyone else,” it reads. Her resume went over her work experience, including taking the garbage out, watering plants, and doing the dishes.
When asked why she decided to bring in a resume, Ashley replied with, “I just thought it was the right thing to do.”
Shortly after applying, Ashley came back to the office in her most professional outfit, and needless to say, she got the job. Thursday was her first day out delivering papers in her neighborhood, and she seemed confident she could get the job done.