Every teenager nowadays is looking for a job, whether it be a Part time job, full time job or summer job. Starting at age 14 and onwards, a lot of teens want to do a part time / full time job (in their summer vacations) for money and experience. Question is, are there any jobs for teens out there? Yes! a lot of jobs but there are small complications. Let’s discuss these in detail.
You may require a working permit (According to yourr state) if you are a 14 or 15 year old teenager and some states may not require a working permit and you can start off with a job easily. If they require a permit, you still can work at 14 as long as you have a workers permit which some schools provide after some authentication.
I would recommend that you check with these websites (listed below) for more information about the laws, stating if you can work at certain places or not.
After that is settled, you need to move on and dwell on the other important factors like what kind of a job are you willing to apply for? are you looking for full time or part time? what are the requirements of a job? from you and your employer.
Answer to that would be; Your Skills, Always apply for a job that requires something that you already have, something that you are good at. This way, you’ll actually enjoy your job a lot or A job that may complement a favorite subject of your’s in school and you’ll actually get good experience about it and a chance to learn more.
Now coming to the part, how would you differentiate between a full time and a part time work? Easy; A full time job is 28 or more hours a week and a part time job is less than 28 hours a week. Discuss this with your parents that if you actually can handle a full time job or not. What chores have you already been given which can be effected by it, etc.
Are you trust worthy? If you are 14+, you’ll be given a chance to work with different employers but it depends how you present yourself. Almost every employer, before hiring a teen at their company is not comfortable in hiring young workers which means that your focus should be convincing them to place their confidence and trust in you.
2. Your enthusiasm towards getting a job:
If you are enthusiastic towards getting a job then you are on the right path. Don’t be shy and let everyone, you know that you are looking for a job. This way, the chances of you, getting a job will be much more easier.
A lot depends on your confidence before applying for a job as a teen, (It also relates to point #1). So when you are approaching a company or a shop where you want to work, ask directly for the owner which will show your confidence, your dependability and your seriousness towards the job. Which, by the way, leaves a positive mark in the employer’s mind.
4. Be Positive & Enthusiastic:
If you show enthusiasm in your first job interview, it can be the key to a good job interview. Give them your best positive side, what are your hobbies that you’re good at, your extracurricular activities. These kind of things leave good marks in employer’s books. And if you have maintained a good track record at school, it’s always a plus point. Refer them to your class teachers or school counselors or provide a good written recommendation letter from them.
5. Manners & your look:
By look it doesn’t mean that you have to be a pretty boy or girl, it means you have to be well groomed in your job interview. Always mind your manners, keep a nice smile on your face and to add to it, send a thank you note after your interview, “a step many adults routinely forget to take”.
We have covered the main points of what you basically need to apply for a job as a teen, let’s move on to what kind of jobs can you get. Remember, a Job is a job, there isn’t any status level where you feel ashamed of doing something that everyone else is doing.
Baby Sitting : This may not be a proper job for a teen for his/her summer but it can be flexible and you can do it on weekend nights.
Camp Counselor: If you enjoy the great outdoors and can consider spending your summer vacations away from home, you can apply for the camp counselor job and be in the wild while supervising a group of youngsters.
Casual Dining: This can be one of the most popular job that a teen can get. Fast food joints, pizza places, and juice bars, casual dining is a great place to find a summer job. Best thing about this job is that most of these places are in shopping malls where most of your friends might be already working and you can get to meet them on your breaks.
Elderly Care: If you are considering a career in health care or social services then you can apply for a job at a elderly care center to get practical experience.
Government Summer Youth Programs: If you are looking for job opportunities with the government, there is a good resource that you should check out. It’s the place where they offer valuable job experience, training opportunities, and excellent benefits, with plenty of opportunity for advancement for students and teens. Visit Student Jobs.
Yard Maintenance: This summer job can consist of pool cleaning, lawn care and landscaping. This can be a future trade and if you are interested in getting a Yard maintenance summer job, you can get one easily.
Restaurants: Get a job working as a dishwasher boy/girl in good restaurants.
Shoveling Snow: If you can shovel snow for people in your neighborhood, it can be a good buck maker.
Ice cream Stands: Some places that sell ice cream/ice cream stands offer jobs for 14 year olds.
Farms: You can get a job at a horse farm, helping at parties, grooming horses, etc. If you like animals, you will enjoy this job.
Movie Theater: This can be a blockbuster job if you love movies. Being in the ticket booth, popcorn stand or concession counter, this job can be a good way to pass your summer and enjoy the movies as well.
There are a lot of other jobs that if I go on explaining will take ages like, You can start your own worm beds and sell the worms for fishing, clean out peoples garage, barn, attic, basements, etc, Paperboy, Walk pets etc.
For a whole list of current job openings in your area, you might want to check out these resources as well.
I hope this helps.