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Learn the Top 10 Tips to Land a Job

By Renee Ward, Founder, Teens4Hire.org
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1. Get the best grades possible in school.
Employers are more inclined to hire teens that are doing well in school. In addition, employers look at the type of classes you have been taking. Teens with a rigorous academic program are preferred.

2. Participate in school-sponsored activities like clubs and sports.
Employers believe that this demonstrates an ability to get along with others and that’s what they want.

3. Participate in community activities.
Employers see this as a sign of your ability to serve others. This experience provides them with insight about how you will serve customers.

4. Be aggressive. Ask around, surf the web and go out and look for a job.
A job will not fall in your lap. Most employers don’t feel the need to advertise to teens. Employers are expecting that you will seek them out.

Ask everybody you know—teachers, counselors, your parents, friends, (including the people that your parents and friends know) about places that are hiring teens. Call or go to the location and apply.

Look for “now hiring” signs at places where you’d like to work and ask to speak with the hiring manager for the establishment. Ask if they will hire teens and if so, offer to complete an application.

Employers are impressed when teens take the initiative to ask for a job. It shows employers that you are self-motivated and really want a job.

Places that traditionally hire teens include;

  • Fast food and restaurant establishments
  • Amusement/theme/entertainment parks
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware and building supply stores
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Golf courses
  • Gas and service stations
  • Clothing and accessory stores
  • Movie theaters
  • Park and recreational facilities
  • Day and summer camps
  • Childcare providers
  • Museums
  • Construction companies
  • Health care facilities
  • Business services

5. Learn how to complete an application (your Teens4Hire.org profile is a good start.)
Employers want to know about you but they are also looking for neatness and accuracy in the completion of the application. Misspelled words and sloppy handwriting are a turn-off.

6. Be prepared to be interviewed on the spot.
Employers may not tell you this but they are sizing you up the first time they see you so it’s best to be prepared. Dress appropriately for business. While nose and tongue rings might be cool among your friends, most employers still frown upon their use in the workplace.

7. Practice talking about yourself beforehand.
It helps to be prepared for the interview. The more comfortable you are the better. Employers are impressed by teens who make eye contact, shake hands firmly and are confident about themselves. If you’re an above average student, say so. If you have other talents, skills and abilities that would be helpful on the job, make sure the interviewer knows it. Be positive and take your time answering questions. Answer in full sentences and talk about what you bring to the job.

8. Learn something about the company where you want to work.
Employers are charmed when teens know something about the company and share it. It shows you are really taking an interest in them.

9. Follow up.
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for the opportunity. Ask when you will be notified if you have the job. Write a thank you note to the interviewer. Follow up with the interviewer if you don't hear back within a week. Employers need to know you are serious.

10. If you land the job, be a good employee. Earn a positive reference.
Employers expect that you will a) be on time, b) be positive, c) work well with others and 4) do the best job you can. This is important! Getting good references will be a viable part of your ongoing career. New employers will always ask past employers about how well you have performed on the job.

Be Determined

If at first you don't succeed, brush it off. Remain positive and move on to the next possibility. The more you search and the more applications you submit, the more likely you will land a job.

Consider Alternatives.

If you can afford to, consider other alternatives to working for pay this spring and summer. Attend summer school or volunteer. This experience will look great on your application next year.