Do you have any advice or tips for teenagers trying to get jobs and entering the workforce?
There's no shame in McDonald's. The place has made an art out of sculpting tomorrow's work force.
A teen will first need to explore options and decide what type of job they are interested in. The next step is to get working papers, if necessary, and to learn how to fill out a job application or write a resume. Then it will be time to start a job search.
Before they start looking for a job, it is important to take some time to decide what they want to do. Even though they may not have experience, there are a variety of positions available for teens.
For example, if they love animals, check with local veterinarians to see if they are hiring. If they prefer working with children, check with your local pre schools (many have after-school child care programs and summer camps) or child care centers. Fast food restaurants and retail establishments rely on workers without experience and are willing to train new employees. Local libraries often hire teens to help put away books. During the summer, amusement parks and summer camps offer a variety of summer jobs for teens.
Take some time to explore their options. Keep in mind that their first few jobs will provide a good opportunity to find out what they want to do - and what they don't.
I've found internships to be really helpful. I'm not sure if you mean just for money, and just to pay the bills, but if you want a specific profession, it's good to look for those internships. I've had a few internships, and even though one of them didn't pay that well, it helps you get your foot in the door and build your resume. Eventually, you may get recommendations and the like to other opportunities. I know that some internships may be a little hesitant, and might get you a 1099 contract job. IF you can, try getting payroll, it can help pay your tax, and I hear it may help your credit. I'm not sure about the credit though. Hope that helps.
Well the only advice I can give you is try having them apply at movie theaters. It seems like a thing of the past, but my teenager secured a job with one and she can watch movies for free and also family members are allowed to go to for free at selected times. A Win Win especially with the price of movie tickets. Also college kids go back to school and there is usually many time slots to fill with part timers.She enrolled in college and her position is still there but someone had to fill her spot while she away at college. Jobs of this nature where students are employed. Ask around and find out where some of the older teens have worked or are working and these are the hot spots. Helpful?
Now they have to be willing to sacrifice some weekends but once the money starts rolling they will see why its so important to work during their free time. Ensure them that the first job is always the hardest to get and always find another job before quiting the present one. It easier to get a job when you have one.
1. Many teens apply to work at chain stores and chain restaurants, but forget to apply at the little "mom &pop" businesses in their neighbourhood. Small businesses can't always afford to advertise job openings in the paper, but might still need someone. Walk in looking clean-cut and friendly and offer your resume. You might just get an impromptu interview or even a job right away! If not, keep trying different places.
2. Be open minded about the type of work you'll accept. You never know what you'll like until you try.
3. Apply to work somewhere where that already knows you... somewhere where you are a customer. You already know what they sell, and a lot about the business, from a customer's point of view.
4. Be positive and friendly. Never go handing out resumes when you're in a bad mood. Give yourself a little pep talk first then go in smiling!
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