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Summer Jobs for Teens

Updated on May 11, 2009

Seasonal Employment

We love our kids. We'll do anything for them. But with the economy in a slum, it's not always easy to give our kids everything they want

If you have a teen at home this summer, it might be the perfect time for him to learn about the value of a dollar.

Summer is the perfect time for a teen to get a job because there's no interference with academic performance.

A summer job will offer your teen a lesson in responsibility and put a little cash in his pocket.

Self Reliance

Encourage your teen to read the local newspaper and circle summer jobs that appeal to him.

Although he may ask for your guidance, it's important for your teen to develop self-reliance. Help him with any questions he may have but do not criticize his interests or force him into a job he doesn't want to do.

Your teen should make all inquiries and requests for employment. Do not fill out the application or make phone calls for him.

Your teen's job is an important step into the transition of adulthood. A nervous or shy teen must overcome his fears if he feels he's mature enough for a summer job.

Internet Job Search for Teens

A teen may feel discouraged if he's too young to perform the jobs he's interested in.

Unfortunately, many employers do not specify age requirements in their employment ads. Perhaps this is why Internet job searches for teens are favored by many families. These types of job searches will only present job opportunities for teens.

To find teen summer jobs in your neighborhood, start searching websites like MyFirstPaycheck, Teens4Hire and StudentJobs. These websites will enable your teen to find full-time, part-time, summer, volunteer or vocational jobs. Search by interests, age group, qualifications and work environment.

Retail and Food

The retail and food industries provide many teens with summer employment. Many of these jobs are available to teens who wish to gain employment experience. Nevertheless, many employers wish to see a resume in addition to the application. While this may seem like a daunting task to a teen without work experience, there are a teen resume writing tips available to make the process easier.

Child Labor Laws

Is your teen old enough to get a summer job? Child labor laws vary from state to state. It's important to research your state child labor laws prior to obtaining employment.

Warning: Never lie about your age on an application or during an interview. Upon hiring, you will be asked for your identification and, if necessary, your work permit. If you are not old enough to work, you will not be hired and the company will frown on you for lying about your age. This may prevent you from gaining employment at a later date.


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      Donna 6 years ago

      i got my first summer job at 15 and it was one i loved.

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      Summer jobs for 15 year olds 8 years ago

      Mostly the minimum age requirement to work is 15 year olds. In Six Flags and some other amusement parks, 15 year olds is the minimum age to apply. However there are some workplaces which hire 14 year olds teenagers - usually at fast food restaurant or supermarkets.

      Cheers! Alexa Lie

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      futonfraggle 8 years ago

      I'm guessing it has to do with education and family expectations. I was allowed to get a job at 15 but I was told I would have to quit if my grades slipped. I was taught that a job was an exciting opportunity for me to prove I was responsible. If I could manage my education, job, obligations at home and maintain healthy relationships with peers - they saw it as an achievement. By age 16, I had to cut my hours back. It was my choice - I saw my grades slip and I made the decision before my parents stepped in to make it for me.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      I was never allowed to work till I turned 18. My parents were dead against it. I guess India is very different when it comes to such issues.