Now that you’re edging ever closer to adulthood, consider pitching in and saving some money for college by working part-time or during the summer. But today’s job market for teens is pretty tough. Follow these tips for finding — and landing — a great job.
Make a commitment.
Before you start looking, be sure that a job is something you really want. It will require a big commitment, but the pay offs are big too: new skills, networking opportunities and money.
Get your resume ready.
If this is your first job, you’re probably starting from scratch. Make sure you include your contact information as well as any clubs you’re a member of, school and church activities, hobbies and volunteer work you’ve done. Need additional help? Check out this printable chart for thorough coverage on how to build a resume.
Teen resumes are typically shorter since you’re just entering the work force. Be sure to include names and phone numbers of adults that know your work ethic and involvement in volunteer and school activities. Always get permission from your references.
Check and check again.
Carefully proofread your resume and application. Ask several other people to read over it as well to find any typos or other errors.
Once you land an interview, make sure you are prepared. Do a little research on the company or organization so they know you are interested. Understanding the company will also make it easier for you to ask a few specific questions, which is a major “do” for standing out in an interview.
Never lie or even exaggerate on your resume, on the job application or in the interview. The truth will always come to light, and “liar” is not a label you want following you around.
Look the part.
Dress appropriately for your interview, practice a firm handshake and remember your manners.
Top 10 Summer Jobs
- Camp Counselor
- Lawn Care/Landscape
- Ball Park Concessions
- Fast Food Worker
- Sports Instructor
- Non-Profit Intern
- Dog/House Sitter
Where to Look?
• Check your local newspaper and local online job boards.
• Retail shops, restaurants and resorts/hotels are good places to find summer jobs. • Put the word out that you’re looking for a job through your parents and other adults.
• Search Facebook using “summer jobs” and “part-time jobs” to find groups featuring businesses that are hiring teens.
* The jobless rate for teens age 16 to 19 in 2011 was close to 25 percent.
Try these teen-specific sites to find summer and part-time jobs: SnagAJob.com & coolworks.com