(Teen Parenting posted most of the following in an article.)
Finding work is hard. Parents need to be supportive and realize what a difficult time it is to find work. Kids need to get out of the house and pound the pavement. Finding a job is a job itself.
How does a teen land a job in today’s tough market? Here are a few thoughts.
1. Be prepared and have a plan.
a. Put together a simple resume. You do have something to brag about, just figure out what it is. This also sets you apart from other job seekers because you have done something different.
b. Look presentable-first impressions matter. You don’t need to wear a suit but dress like you deserve a job!
c. Act like an adult – speak properly, say yes sir or mam, look prospective employers in the eye and shake hands.
d. Be prepared for no. Finding a job is a right place/right time deal, rejection should not be taken personally- it is part of the process.
e. Follow up – as for the manager’s card, send a short email, and check back in person the next week.
2. Put a new twist on an old tradition. Use social media to network. Get on Facebook and ask your friends if they know who might be hiring.
3. Work for free-seriously. Volunteering for a cause is rewarding but also consider trying on your dream job. For example, if you want to be a lawyer, knock on some doors and offer to assist at no charge. Treat it like a job and you might eventually get paid. This will also build great resume material.
4. Start a business. “Work” the neighborhood and do odd jobs. This is a great way to meet others in your community and learn how to build a business from the ground up including marketing, book keeping and customer service.
5. Check out websites. There might be more available as we approach summer job season, but there are many out there even now. For theindustrious and older teen, there are some really unique opportunities such as rustling cattle in the west or being a camp counselor at Sea World. For the younger teen, thinking about these jobs now will help pave the way to a strong application in the future.
And as your Teen Library Assistant I say…don’t forget to look in your local papers! And if you aren’t at a time in your life where you need to think about working, come on in to the library! There is always much to read and listen to or even watch.