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Daughter needs a computer

Q. My 20-year-old daughter is looking for work and just about every place she goes to tells her to apply online. She doesn't have a computer and has to come to my house every time she applies for a job. This new trend is inconvenient for her because I'm often not at home when she needs access to the computer. How is a person without a computer supposed to find a job these days? I know some places are just cheap. They tell her they ran out of applications and ask her to download them and then return them once completed. I know libraries have computers, but not for the printing of applications. Some applications are 12 pages and I doubt if the library would let her use their printer that long.

Ans. Wow. Those are a lot of excuses for not finding a job. Everyone knows it's more difficult than it was, but since you don't specify a particular career, she can probably find something to do every day, like working in a chain supermarket, retail store or restaurant. We checked with local libraries and found most will let her sign up to use computers an hour at a time twice a day. Most also provide printouts, usually 10 cents a page. She will need a library card for ID. Have you considered giving your daughter a key to your home so she can go inside and use the computer whenever she must? At 20 she should be trustworthy. You also should begin a savings account to buy her one. It's amazing she has gone this long without one, if only for middle and high school work. This is a difficult time for her, and you should encourage her and support her efforts. Job-hunting is hard work, and she may be so discouraged she's making up one excuse after another-and you are buying them.

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