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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: Regarding the letter you published about the 17-year-old boy who was having trouble finding a job: You suggested that he go back to some of the places where he had applied for work and was turned down -- and offer to work for one week with no obligation on their part.

Many years ago, I was having a very difficult time finding work. My father put an ad in the local newspaper saying, "My son will work for free for one week to prove that he is hardworking and honest." (Something to that effect.)

The telephone rang off the wall immediately! I was hired by the Tri-State Truck Sales Co. and worked for them for seven years.

Your idea is certainly worth trying. -- DAVID IN STRATFORD, N.J.

DEAR DAVID: Thanks. Now that idea is in the public domain. Readers, help yourselves.