Finding your first job as a teenager can be easy if you're prepared to show what you're capable of doing to potential employers. Having a professional mannerism is important to show that you're responsible and have good work ethics. While your first job will probably not be something you want to do for the rest of your life, it should be a good working foundation.
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Type up a professional resume. Since you haven't had any work experience in the past, you should include other activities you have been involved in. If you did any volunteer work, this should be included to show that you're responsible and can manage your time efficiently. If you were a captain of a sports team you can also include this into your first resume. Also include any skills you have for the type of job you're looking for. For example, note how fast you can type and what programs you can work with for an office position.
Ask your friends and family members if they have seen or know anybody that is hiring. A friend that already has a job may be able to tell you of job openings they have at the business. Having connections can become very useful when job hunting.
Visit local restaurants and retail stores to fill out applications. These are the most common jobs teenagers can find since they're usually lenient on hours you can work and are willing to train new employees. Have a list of three references you can include in your application with you when you visit each location. When you're asked about your availability, be as flexible as possible with hours you're willing to work. The easier you are to add to the company's schedule, the more chances you have at being hired.
Search job websites like Careerbuilder, Monster, Craigslist, and Hot Jobs. There are numerous websites available with employment listings. You can upload your resume and let potential employers view it and get in contact with you if they're interested in an interview. Some websites will cater more toward part time jobs at hourly wages, while others will be more for professionals who want full time positions.
Visit a local staffing agency. They will ask you to come in with a resume and might ask you to take tests to determine different skill levels to help match you with jobs they have available. Most staffing agencies will have temporary job openings which can be good for the summer when you don't have school.
Call companies you have visited and ask the manager or owner if they have had a chance to look at your application. This will show that you're serious about working there. They may ask you to come in for an interview at this time since it will save them from having to call you later.
Don't give up. Searching for a job can be very frustrating and time consuming. Always be on the lookout when you're driving and take note of who is hiring. The more jobs you apply for, the more likely you are to get a response.
How to Find a Job as a Teenager
Tips and warnings
- Be as open as you can when it comes to hours you're available and how much you want to make. However, don't accept a job that's lower than minimum wage.
- Don't slack off at your job. Although this may not be a career for you, your boss at your first job will be a reference for your second.
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