A 16-year-old's spirits have finally been lifted after countless job applications and rejection letters.

Hastings teen Hineawe Crawford has lost count of how many jobs she's applied for and was rejected for the same reason many youths are - inexperience.

But how can you gain experience if no one will hire you?

The teen finally made a breakthrough and has since had her first interview at the weekend, a possible job opportunity with Countdown which would slot in perfectly with her school schedule.

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"It was just really good to get an interview, I've had a few other people get in