Tips for Getting a Job
Want a car? Need more clothes? Want to be able to take your boyfriend/girlfriend out on a date? Saving up for college? Sometimes an allowance is just not enough. While landing a job as a teen can be challenging, it isn't impossible. Even though many companies look for experience, THE key to getting the job is to sell yourself.
Find organizations and other places that you know pay teens to work. Good places to check are government departments and nonprofit organizations such as park and recreation departments, zoos, museums, camps, and hospitals. You are not going to be the executive director of any job. Start out small and easy, retail and food industry jobs are probably the easiest to obtain.
Get the Word Out
You can post flyers in your neighborhood detailing jobs that you can do, such as lawn mowing, babysitting, or dog-walking. You can also post your information on a website or job board, but beware of giving out personal information until you trust the other person. Post 3 x 5 cards at local stores and other places with notice-boards telling of the services you're willing to do.
Use Your Connections
Talk to friends and family about any paying jobs they might know of, and follow through.
Sometimes, the best way to get a paying job is to begin as a volunteer and work your way up. You may have to give some of your time for free to make money in the long run. Treat your volunteer work as if it were a paying job -- get there on time, call as soon as you know you can't come in or are going to be late. Listen and learn about the organization. Do such a good job they learn to rely on you.
Make a Resume
Even if most jobs you apply for don't ask for a resume, it's a good exercise, and it's useful to have your work history and education details all written out in one place. It makes filling out applications much easier.
Apply Early and Apply Often
The most important key to getting jobs with these places is to apply as soon as you hear about jobs. Always be on the lookout--sometimes recruitment starts as early as February or March for summer jobs.
Go to an Interview
One of the most often asked questions is: Why do you feel you are qualified for this job? Let them know how positive you are, always willing to help out, and go out of your way for special requests. When asked any experience you may have tell them about your volunteer work at school and within the community. Do you know how to use a computer? How about the Internet, Word, Outlook or email? Do you know how to use a fax machine, copy machine? Can you file, sort by alphabetical order, name order, date order. Believe it or not it’s all relevant.
Last Modified on April 11, 2020