Hastings resident Hineawe Crawford, 16, has applied for more jobs than she can remember but they all require something she doesn't have: experience.

She started applying at age 15 to help fund her up-and-coming softball career, but months and dozens of applications later, she is still jobless.

"I started handing out CVs last year. I turned 16 in February this year."

Crawford says she has no experience but is willing to give anything a go.

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"I am looking for part-time, after-school and weekend work. I have got my First Aid certificate, and I have done a barista course."

Crawford is