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Follow Up For The Job

Category : Teen Job Guidance

While you have completed your job application process, don’t just wait and watch. Keep trying for other jobs of interest. We’ll also help you out by sending an email whenever we get a job that matches your skills. So, it’s important that you check mails sent by us as they will contain possible teen job openings that fit you in your in your area.

After applying, if you don’t hear anything from the employer, you may want to call and follow up with your job application. When you call be professional. Think as if you were called for an interview (check out our interview tips). You should be ready with your resume and references. Talk to the HR/ hiring manager. You can ask the status of your application and if they insist for an on-the-spot interview, well, what could be better than that?

If within two or three days you’re you do not receive a call. Don’t worry! They may still be considering applicants for the job. But if you really did not get it think of what went wrong. Check out your profile again. Ask someone to give his or her honest opinion. Edit it with careful review. Also you should make sure that you have made your self-available for business hours. Perhaps your schedule is not matching with most employers. Maximize your chances by adjusting your schedule.

You can also send a hand-written ‘Thank you’ letter to the employer to show that extra little bit of intention and desire to receive the job. You must write it by yourself and NOT email it. Try to make it personal. Write the name of the hiring manager if you know it. Also include your phone number so that they can contact you if they want. Don’t forget to include that you appreciate and are happy that they’re considering your resume and that you’re a great candidate for the job.

Don’t get frustrated if you still don’t hear from the employer. There can be many reasons for that. Maybe they’re still evaluating all the candidates. But whatever may be the cause, it certainly doesn’t mean you’re not a good candidate. You should continue your job hunt with the same zeal. We have tons of teen jobs waiting for you.

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College Jobs

Category : Teen Job Guidance

Endless Opportunities

College is a time when a person is supposed to get an initial taste for what the “real world” is like, mainly by having a few different college jobs throughout the course of their higher studies. After all, the college system we have here in the US tends to isolate students in campuses that are a far cry from the daily goings on of the rest of the country, and as a countermeasure students are expected to go out into the brave new world and get a taste of reality, a.k.a. a job.

Unlike high school—after which most people still have an additional four years minimum of further education in which to continue living in a proverbial dreamland—college is usually followed by a person’s entry into the labor force and a job that is likely to shape their future (and which ideally has been determined by that person’s studies and interests, though this is sadly not always the case). College jobs are incredibly important in this regard: they help a person whittle away the list of possible future vocations and sharpen their sense of exactly what they would like to do and to accomplish in life. This is realized in both a positive and negative way; a college student may have a job that they absolutely love and which sparks a nascent flame within them, and they may also have a few jobs that they absolutely despised and which they will be sure to cross off their list of future undertakings. Both of these experiences are to be valued in their own right if a person is to develop a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility in life, and the latter case shouldn’t be written off as a waste of time and energy—quite to the contrary, many jobs that are perceived as unpleasant at the moment help to toughen a person’s character and instill the crucial sense of duty that should be ever present regardless of how “fun” something is.

There is a wide array of feasible college jobs, more than anything because employers expect college students to already have sufficient character and levels of maturity to take on tasks that wouldn’t be entrusted to high school students, for example. Many college students end up doing work for the very academic institution at which they are studying, either in the library, the cafeteria, the gym, or some other highly frequented building. Nonetheless, depending on the community in which a given college is located, there will be plenty of college jobs available off-campus, such as waiting tables at a restaurant, cooking, doing clerical work and so on. Though during the academic year a student may not have the time or energy to perform a heavily taxing job with considerable responsibilities, it is important that college students find internships and/or jobs over the summer of winter breaks that will stand out a little more on their résumé. These are generally the most vital of all college jobs, and students are advised to look into prominent companies in the private sector, or government agencies or NGOs that work on issues that they find interesting and motivating.


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Teen Job Interview

Category : Teen Job Guidance

The Interview is a crucial stage that will decide whether you’ll be the lucky one for the job or not. If you don’t appear for the interview, forget the job. It’s that simple. If for any reason you’re not going to appear for the interview, you should inform the manager in advance. It would be very rude and unprofessional not to inform them. Even if you’ve got the teen job at another other place, you should inform the manager. You don’t know when you’ll need to contact them again. Whether you inform or not, they will remember, and you don’t want to “burn bridges”. They’ll remember how unprofessional or polite you were. So, why not inform them?

The single-most important tip we can give you for the interview is to BE PREPARED. Your dress code, your body language and your tone, everything should be very pleasant and professional. You should be ready with smart answers to all the general interview questions. It can be anything from your personal power/weakness question to why you’ll be an asset to the company etc. It’s good to read some informativeinterview articles. You can also ask a friend about their past interview experiences. If you’re appearing for the interview for the first time or if you’re a little bit nervous, rehearse the interview session with your family or friends. The next thing is to gather information on the company you’re applying. It will help you impress the manager.

Now, it’s your turn to ask questions to the interviewer! What kind of questions will you ask? You can ask questions that show that you’re serious about the job offered. You can inquire about what benefits the company is going to offer you as an employee, and what opportunities it holds for you in the future etc.

Arrive at interview early. Chances are you may have to sit for a few minutes but this will surely show your eagerness to get that teen job. You should look very presentable and professional.

There are many simple things that count during an interview. Like proper communication, a firm handshake with the interviewer, professional attitude, and relaxed behavior. You should sit upright in a professional manner and answer all questions in a clear and bold voice. These small and simple things will leave a positive impression about you, and help you land that first job.

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Tips to for a Successful Teen Job Interview

Category : Teen Job Guidance

You’ve gone through all the work of pounding the pavement to find yourself a job. You’ve carefully written your resume, typed it and presented it to several potential employers. Now you’ve just received a call from one of the companies you’ve applied to. And they want you to come down for an interview! It’ll be the first job interview you’ve ever gone to. Now what?

Don’t panic. It’s true that an interview is very important. But by following a few tips, you increase your chances of standing apart from the other applicants and increasing your chances of getting hired.

First of all, and this may seem like a no brainer, but first of all you need to learn about the company. An amazing amount of people applying to jobs just send out dozens of applications without knowing much about the company they’re applying to. And this lack of knowledge shows up during the interview process.

You can often find out about a company through a Web search or the library. You’ll find that many librarians are very helpful and knowledgeable about finding information about businesses, especially some of the larger companies.

Try to find out what types of personalities the company likes to see in their employees. And if you have those personalities, be sure to make sure your interviewer knows that by the way you talk and act.

Get a friend or family member to help you act out a potential interview. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is true. Plus it’ll help you feel more comfortable about the whole process.

Dress professionally. A suit is rarely necessary. But it’s important that you’ve got carefully groomed hair and clean fingernails. Don’t neglect your breath. You don’t want to repulse people with your terrible breath! Use mints. Brush your teeth. Chew gum before (not during!) the interview. Do whatever it takes to make sure your breath doesn’t smell. And avoid perfumes and aftershaves. There are more and more people who have allergies to scents, and you don’t want to be remembered because you made your interviewer sneeze or gave him or her a headache.

Arrive early. Punctuality is always appreciated. And if you get to the interview early, you’ll have a few minutes to relax and compose yourself.

When you meet your interviewer, look him or her directly (but not aggressively!) in the eyes and offer a firm handshake. Smile and greet the person by name. If possible, make a little small talk. A comment or two about the weather is usually a safe topic.

During the interview, answer succinctly. This means don’t ramble about stuff unrelated to the question. Be brief and answer the question clearly. If you need a moment or two to gather your thoughts, simply say you need to think about the question for a moment. Your honesty will be appreciated. Just don’t drag on the thoughtful moment for too long.

Be sure to show interest in the company by asking questions at appropriate times during the interview. End the interview by thanking the interviewer for his or her time.

Always be sure to follow-up. A brief thank-you note is a good idea and help you stand out from the other applicants.


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Jobs for Kids

Work for the Little Ones

There are not a lot of jobs for kids out there and that is probably for the best. The United States has very strict labor laws in order to protect children from the kind of exploitation that takes place in other parts of the world. Putting that serious note to the side however, there are some small duties that children can take on to help them learn basic work skills and feel a little sense of independence. The best way to achieve this is to give kids chores around the house and promise them some kind of reward in return. The reward can be a little weekly allowance or maybe a special outing, whatever works best as the motivational carrot at the end of the rope.

Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, and vacuuming are all good practices that children should learn and giving them the title of jobs makes them feel a little more important and grown up. The types of jobs for kids depends heavily on their age since that dictates more of what they can and cannot handle in terms of responsibility and maturity. Older kids can start babysitting around the ages of twelve an thirteen, providing them with their first real jobs. With these kinds of jobs they are earning a little financial freedom as well as the responsibilities that go along with caring for younger children.

The kinds of jobs for kids that are younger need to be on the easier side. If a kid wants to go beyond the house and chores to earn a little money there are a few things that can be done. Modeling can be started at any age. Lemonade stands and bake sales are great ways for kids to feel like they are really doing something and they are wonderful opportunities for neighbors to interact with one another. These kinds of homemade stands are a great beginning for young entrepreneurial spirits, teaching them the very basics of starting their own business.

Parents who own their own business can hire their child to do simple tasks like filing paperwork and cleaning up around the office. Other jobs for kids include classics like mowing lawns and dog walking. Most nine year olds could handle walking one or two dogs a few times a week and it gives them a little extra cash and a little personal pride at a job well done. Being the neighborhood car washer is also a task that most kids could handle and would benefit all of the adults who do not have enough time in their busy schedules to wash the grime off of their cars. Hiring a neighborhood kid is also most likely a cheaper option than driving to the local car wash.

Looking at home and the area around it is the best bet for finding a job for a child. Simple and straightforward are the key characteristics to look for with jobs for kids, while still making sure that they feel a little independence as well. Learning responsibility early will help kids succeed later in life.


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Interview Questions

Here are some possible interview questions and responses you may find helpful in your preparation.

§ What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Some stand out strengths employers are looking for are: Easily adaptable, Quick Learner, Works well as part of a team, Self Motivated, Hard Working, Eager to learn. Has the ability to work well under pressure and good communication skills. Also give strengths relevant to the position you are going for. In terms of weaknesses be honest if you feel there is something relevant that you want to improve on then let your employer know. It will show the ability to self reflect which is a strength.

§ What experience do you have if any?

Answers to this question should be based firstly on experience relevant to the position, then any other experience. This does not have to be paid work. If you lack experience in the area you can present other experiences as examples such as sporting situations – these can show leadership skills as well as working within a team unit, commitment, dedication and goal setting. School activities – show diversity and work ethic.

§ What do you want to do when you finish school?

It is important even if your not sure of your future career goals to present some sort of direction. Going on to university, working within the industry you are applying to or just setting some goals.

§ What are you other commitments? E.g. sport, school activities etc

Now outside commitments can work either way depending on the nature of the job. It is important to be honest about serious commitments such as schoolwork. In terms of sport and other activities this will all depend on how serious you are about them. Be flexible when talking in terms of availability but also let your employer know if you have commitments you can’t or are not willing to break.

§ How quickly do you adapt to new situations?

Ideally employers are looking for people who can adapt quickly and are versatile.

§ Are you able to work to a deadline?

You have a proven ability to work to deadlines as you have been doing it at school, meeting assignment deadlines is a good way to show employers you can work to time constraints.

§ How do you feel about school?

Whether you love it or hate it its best to stay positive, you don’t have to be over the top just try and think of some things you like about it.

§ Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?

It would be beneficial to say you are capable of doing both. Depending on the position you might be required to be by yourself or you could be part of a team. Be flexible you can function in both environments.

§ How do you deal with conflict situations?

Conflict in the work place should be dealt with professionally and calmly. If you were unable to deal with the situation yourself you would notify someone who could.

Finally there are a few questions that employees are not permitted to ask, these are questions pertaining to religion, sex, sexuality, race, relationship status, ethnicity. It is important to be aware that you do not have to answer questions of this nature. For a full list of these questions please consult the Human Rights website in your area.

Now you are equipped to master the art of interviews. Remember if you continue to learn from each interview it will always be a success. The experience you will gain from the interview process will be invaluable in your future career hunting.


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College Resources For Teens

The purpose of our site is to give teens like you as many resources as possible to help you make informed decisions for your future. Your future could be anything from volunteer opportunities to help you gain the skills you need for a job to job finding advice to college resources.

For this reason we’ve taken the time to scour the Web to find some sites that might be of use to you when searching for a college. These resources cover everything from college applications, to finding the right college for the career you’re looking to have, to information for those of you who are considering studying internationally.

So, take a few moments to look at what we’ve found. Read the descriptions and then visit the suggested site if you think it will contain the information you’re looking for.

Foundation for Independent Education www.fihe.org
A site that will give you all the information you need if you’re considering going after your post-secondary education through a private college or university.

Residential College Information http://collegiateway.org/reading/
Information about residential colleges all over the United States. Features articles, opinions and other important or useful information.

Student Market http://www.studentmarket.com/
A place where you can buy almost any textbook that you need for a relatively affordable price. Also lets you buy things to furnish your dorm room or apartment, as well as a variety of other unique items.

Study Abroad http://www.studyabroad.com/
A great resource for anyone interested in studying in a country other than your own. You can search by subject to find out which cities worldwide offer the topics you’re interested in studying. Or you can search by country or city to find out what colleges are available. Academic program searches are also available.

Practice SATs http://www.testprep.com/
SATs can be challenging and stressful. Help yourself prepare for these important tests by trying the practice tests on this site. Requires a membership.

Uwire http://www.uwire.com/
This site features all sorts of stories that have appeared in college newspapers all over the world.


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Mastering The Art of Interviews

Ok so you have gotten past the first hurdle, you’ve submitted your resume and been accepted for an interview. This is make or break time for the teen job seeker. The impression you leave in the interview room is either going to land you the job or leave you asking what went wrong.

There are a few simple ways in which you can assure you leave a positive lasting impression on your potential employer. Throughout this article I will offer you some golden advice that will help you stand out from other applicants and ensure you learn from the experience.

Interviews are like anything else in life, they take practise to perfect. The teen job market is highly competitive so you should always maintain a high standard of professionalism. This is guaranteed to impress your potential employer, as it will show focus and maturity.

Professionalism is: Presentation, Punctuality and Preparation.

§ How you present yourself – Not just the clothes you wear, but your general presentation during the interview. Dress for success, formal attire is the best option. Look the part and you will be more likely to get it. Body language such as eye contact and how you greet your interviewer. Shaking hands is a sign of confidence and respect so is making regular eye contact. Always be polite not just during the interview but to any one you may have contact with in the office or work environment.

§ Being on time is essential to a successful interview. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, map out a route if you are unsure in any way. Being early gives you time to relax and prepare for your interview. If you are going to be late or unable to attend for any unforeseeable reason call ahead and let them know. This will show them that your serious and that you take your commitments seriously.

§ Being prepared, know the role you are applying for and what they are looking for in their employees.

Being adequately prepared will help you to be relaxed and confident during your interview. Just think of it like an exam, how nervous do you feel before an exam you haven’t studied for? The same principal applies to interviews.

Studying for an interview:

§ Study the role you are applying for. What are the key things they are looking for? What relevant strengths do you possess that meet those needs? This is no time to be modest think about what you can offer your employee. Also think about your weaknesses too.
§ Get to know the company you are hoping to work for. A little background information can go a long way.
§ Prepare a few questions to ask during the interview. These questions are important so take the time to write them down and any thing not covered in the interview you can ask at the end.
§ Think about the possible questions they might ask you and think about your responses. Practise them with a parent or friend.
§ Follow up, its ok to ask your interviewer why you didn’t get the job, you could also ask for information on what you resume or interview lacked. Do this in a professional manner let them know you are trying to improve on your performance. And ask them to keep you in mind for other opportunities that may arise. Remember to thank them for their time.
So now that you are prepared its time for the interview. Remember to be relaxed, confident and professional. It is also important to showcase your personality. It is beneficial for them to see you as a unique individual so that you stand out from other applicants. Being a teen job seeker you may not always have previous experience so you have to give them others reasons to trust your capabilities. These are reasons you can highlight by mastering the interview.


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Know Your Rights – Protecting the Teen Job Seeker

Know your rights, this is as important as any other step in the process of finding suitable employment. The child labour protection laws are there for a reason, they are designed to protect you. Not only from exploitation but also from hazardous work environments that as a teen you are not equipped to deal with.

It is important that you are aware of some of your rights and responsibilities within the workplace. As well as the responsibilities of your employer.

· You must ensure you adhere to all health and safety guidelines at your workplace. In order to make your workplace safe you need to report any hazards or unsafe behaviour. You should always wear appropriate protective equipment where necessary. Maintain a clean and safe work environment. You should also know emergency procedures.

· Your employer should give you proper health and safety training and make you aware of any procedures relating to your health and safety and that of the companies. Your employer must comply with all health and safety regulations. The work environment should be clean and safe and your employer should go over any possible hazards with you. Any required protective equipment must be provided.

Other important fundamental legal rights include:

· The right to work without sexual harassment
· The right to work without racial, cultural or religious discrimination.
· It is illegal to discriminate, fire or withhold work on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality, religion, martial status, nationality or disability.

So now you know your rights, your responsibilities and some employment laws that affect you. Understanding is the key to making sure you are safe in all work place environments. If you are unsure about anything consult your teachers, parents and career advisors.

 

Also Read Employment laws and restrictions for teens


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Employment Law – Protecting the Teen Job Seeker

Teen employment can be a rewarding and positive experience, not only for the teen but for the community as well. Having direction and being prepared for a future career will help the teen job seeker compete in what is highly demanding market. It is important that teens are made aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to employment. This is so they can be protected from exploitation and gain the most out of their working experience. Whether it’s part time work, a summer job or an after school internship teens need to be aware and have an understanding of employment laws that affect them.

The Youth Employment laws are based on the welfare and safety of teen jobholders, meaning they were put in place to provide a strict set of guidelines for what is acceptable and what is not. These guidelines are basically universal across all jobs with the exception of agricultural jobs (farming) There may be variations depending on what state you live in but the these basic guidelines will give you a solid reference point to start with.

Employment law for teens is broken down into two basic areas. What hours you are allowed to work and in what jobs. Employment laws for teens also vary depending on age.
What hours are you allowed to work?

Teens aged 14-15 years:

During the School year
· Restricted to 3 hours a day
· No more than 18 hours a week
· Work is restricted to no later than 7 p.m.

Summer jobs / when there is no school
· Up to 8 hours
· 40 hours a week
· Work is restricted to no later than 9 p.m. between June 1st and Labour day

Teens aged 16-17 years
· There are no restrictions on hours

Once you have turned 18 you are no longer subject to or protected by youth employment laws.

Where can I work and what jobs are restricted?

Under 14 years

· You can work for your parents, if the business is either owned or operated by them.
· You can have a paper run
· You can work in Television- Movies, theatre etc
· You can work in agriculture if the farm is own or operated by your parents.

Restrictions:

· The above is a guideline to the small amount of jobs you can do at this age.

Teens aged 14-15 years:

· You can work in an office
· You can work in a restaurant
· You can work retail
· You can work in a grocery store
· You can work at a petrol station
· You can work at a movie theatre
· You can work in a café
· You can work as a babysitter

Restrictions:
· You cannot work any job that is deemed hazardous by the Secretary of labour. (Examples of these jobs is found below)
· You cannot do any cooking or baking
· You cannot work in manufacturing or construction, or do repair jobs
· You cannot work on a ladder or scaffold
· You cannot load a truck, drive a motor vehicle or help a driver
· You cannot work in a commercial laundry or dry cleaning establishment
· You cannot work in communications or public utilities jobs
Teens aged 16-17 years:
· You can work in any job unless it has been deemed hazardous
Restrictions – Hazardous jobs
· Driving a motor vehicle and being an outside helper on a motor vehicle
· Manufacturing and storing of explosives.
· Coal mining.
· Logging and saw milling.
· Power-driven woodworking machines.
· Exposure to radioactive substances.
· Meat packing or processing (including the use of power-driven meat slicing machines).
· Power-driven hoisting apparatus.
· Power-driven paper product machines, including scrap paper balers and paper box compactors.
· Manufacturing brick, tile, and related products.
· Power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears
· Wrecking, demolition, and ship breaking operations
· Roofing operations and all work on or about a roof.
· Excavation operations.
Some states may require teen job seekers under the age of 18 to apply for a work permit. This applies only to those teens that are still at school and applications should be available at schools.
Minimum wage is a legal obligation for employees you cannot be paid less than the minimum wage. This is not a set wage for teens it is merely a starting point.

Also Read Know Your Rights Teens Jobs