Author Archives: Joe Samsun

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First-time Teen Resume Tips

Writing your first resume is something a lot of teens worry about when they’re preparing to look for their first job. But creating a resume doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. All you have to do is remain focused on the purpose of a resume, that is to get interest and interviews, and the rest will fall into place.

This is your first job so all your resume has to do is work to get you the interview that you need to get the job that you want. All it has to do is answer the employer’s question about whether or not you will be able to add value to his or her company.

So make the goal of your resume to clearly communicate your strengths to your prospective employer. This way you’ll effectively answer the employer’s question and make yourself a better candidate for the job.

Don’t worry that you might not have enough experience to make an interesting resume. No one expects you to have mounds of information or experience on your resume. Besides, once you start thinking about it, you’ll probably surprise yourself with the skills that you do have.

Your resume will be unique to you and depend on your interests, your personality, and what you did before you started looking for a paying job. A few things to put into your first resume could be:
· any technical or computer skills you may have
· any major school accomplishments like a high GPA
· any work experience you might have, be it paid or unpaid

Use action words, like organized and created, to describe your work experiences. And if you can, get someone else to critique your resume. It’s always very difficult to find minor errors in your own work because you’re so close to it. A fresh set of eyes will help you make your resume as polished as possible.

Always type your resume on good quality white paper. Make sure there are no ink smudges or dirt and creases on the paper. Try to keep your resume to one page.

An eye-catching resume is as important as a resume with great content. Remember, the employer will be looking at possibly hundreds of resumes. He or she will be human if his or her eyes get sore. So, many employers will immediately toss away the resumes that look to cluttered, too difficult to read, or are dirty and unprofessional looking.

You have approximately 20 to 30 seconds to entice the interviewer to read your resume. So do your best to make yours stand out without resorting to colored text or flashy paper. If you can, avoid the resume templates in MS Word everyone uses. Or if you need to use one of these templates, modify it so that it looks different.

Always make sure you include all contact information on every resume. Contact information like name, address, phone number and email address are usually what employers look for.

Some employers request references immediately. If they do, go ahead and give the references as long as you’ve already gotten the okay from the people you want as your references. Otherwise, state that references are available upon request.


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Seasonal Teen Jobs

A seasonal job is a short-term or temporary job position that is usually available during the holiday season. Common times retailers look for seasonal employees are during the summer and winter holidays. Many employers start looking to fill these positions at least a couple of months before any of the positions begin.

There are many types of seasonal teen jobs available that can provide plenty of opportunities for teens to find a way to earn some extra money.

Seasonal jobs for teens include jobs such as working in a national park, at a ski resort, ranch or theme park. Other seasonal jobs are working as a camp counselor or with a tour park.

Seasonal jobs are excellent ways for teens to add some adventure to their lives while earning money. The commitment to a seasonal job is small, so if you decide to try a different job, but decide that you don’t really like it, you’re only committed for a few months. Sometimes you’re only committed for a few weeks, depending on the type of job you choose to accept.

Seasonal jobs will not provide you with a regular or steady income. But they might provide you an opportunity to break into a company that you’d really like to work for.

If you’re a little cash strapped during a specific holiday season, working in a seasonal job will give you money for the gifts you might want to buy friends or family. Sometimes a seasonal job can also help you save money for a spring, like March Break, vacation.

Many employees find it easier, for some reason, to fill seasonal summer positions early in the summer season. Perhaps this is because many teens and students take time off the summer during the later part of the season. But filling positions in August and even early September can be a real challenge for many employers. If you make yourself available for seasonal jobs during this time, the chances of you getting one are very good.

Another time that is difficult for employers to find workers is during the Christmas season. The closer to Christmas that it gets, the harder it is to find workers. And the Christmas season, especially in resorts and in the retail industry, are many of these types of companies busiest times.

When looking for a seasonal job, keep your eyes open for ads requesting seasonal workers. Or be pro-active and take the initiative by sending in your resume to companies that are most likely to need seasonal workers. Companies that might provide temporary jobs to teens are retailers, manufacturing companies, and companies in the hospitality or service sectors.
When you get a seasonal job, be sure to put the same effort into your work as you would with a more permanent job. Your employers will notice. Plus, if you like that seasonal job, doing a great job and being dependable might open up the door for more seasonal work, or a longer lasting job.


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How to Get a Job for Teens

It doesn’t matter what your age is, getting a job can sometimes be a really challenging thing to do. It can be challenging for someone with years of work experience under his or her belt. It can be even more challenging for a teen looking for his or her first job.

The first thing you’ll need in order to get a job is a good resume. Make sure that you’re honest on your resume while promoting all you best skills and talents. Never lie about your grades, for example. While it’s true that few employers will contact your school to make sure you’ve reported your grades accurately, starting a pattern of lying to your employer is a sure way to eventually get yourself into big trouble.

Statistics show that approximately one in three people lie on their resumes! Don’t be one of those losers.

Once you have a great resume, you need to find potential employers. This can be even more challenging than writing your resume.

Jobs might be posted at your high school or university. Or you might be able to find jobs in the classified section of your newspapers. You might even be able to get a job by contacting various companies directly to see if they need more workers. But the greatest amount of jobs available can only be found through the hidden job market.

Connecting to the hidden job market requires networking. And at your age, you probably haven’t had a chance yet to develop many contacts. But that’s okay. Talk to your teachers, professors, parents, family members, or other adults you know. Many will know about hidden job opportunities that they can share with you. But often you need to show the initiative and let them know that you’re looking.

Employment Web sites can also help you find a job. Some Web sites cater to helping teens find part-time or seasonal jobs. Our site TeenJobSection.com is one site that caters to anyone looking for part-time work and teen jobs.

Some recruitment agencies, like Spherion, will hire teens to fill part-time positions. If you’re new to the workforce, you might be able to get a temporary position in the type of field you might like to work in as a career. But a lot of the time, recruitment agencies look for people with specific skills and experience.

Volunteer work can also lead to paying work. One teenager volunteered at her local humane society as a pet adoption counselor. She received on-the-job training and was able to get an inside look into how the shelter was run. After just one year of volunteering once or twice a week, she was offered a part-time job working in reception. This happened because the paying staff saw what a good volunteer she was, and thought she might be a good fit when the job opening came up.

Sometimes a job opportunity will fall into your lap. Other times searching for a job can be hard. If it does become difficult, don’t get frustrated. Keep working hard towards your goal of getting a job, and one day you will.


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First Teen Job

Okay. So now you’re old enough to get your first, real, paying job. You’re excited and ready to go, but not sure what to do. Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article will give you the basics you need in order to get your first job as a teen.

The first thing you need to do to get your first job is to put together a resume. Don’t worry that you don’t have a whole lot to put on it. That’s okay. No one expects you to have the type of resume that someone who’s been in the workforce for ten or more years.

If you’ve been doing any type of job before, like delivery flyers, babysitting, or walking dogs, you can put that information on your resume. You can also use those people as positive references.

It’s very important to have a resume even if the job you’re applying for is mundane. The reason for this is that a resume shows that you’re serious about the job and that you’ve put some effort into getting the job. This shows the prospective employer that you’re a hard worker and that you’ll put effort into whatever job you get.

Plus a resume can be good to help you get yourself focused. A resume will let you take a close look at your skills (and you do have some, even if you’ve never had a paying job before). It also gives you a chance to show your prospective employer your best side, and help set you apart from the crowd.

Once you get an interview, be sure not to show up in your scruffiest jeans or your tiniest crop top. This does not say professional! It gives the impression that you’re not serious about the job you’re applying to, even if you really are.

Be clean and neat. No ripped clothes. Make sure you’re properly covered. Shave. Comb your hair. And try not to wear too much make-up.

You can start looking for jobs by checking out the classified sections in your local newspaper. Or maybe there’s an online directory of teen jobs in your area. Check the Web for this. You can find teen jobs right here on TeenJobSection.com

If you’re very outgoing and especially motivated, you can go from business to business asking if there’s work available. This is legal, so you don’t need to worry about breaking the law. It also shows that you’re ambitious. But it is hard to do for some people.

Develop a thick skin. There are going to be a lot of employers who will say no that they don’t need your services. Don’t take the rejection personally. It’s simply something that everyone who ever looks for a job experiences. Be positive and offer your services at a later date, if the potential employer ever needs it.

If you don’t hear immediately from a place you applied to, do one follow-up to see if they got your application. Don’t follow-up too often because you’ll just become an annoyance. But one follow-up shows that you’re taking your teen job search seriously.

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Finding an Internship for Teens

For teens looking for jobs, a summer internship (or any type of internship) is a great way to earn some money and gain the skills that will help you develop the professional talents you’ll need in your future careers.

Most internships don’t pay exceptionally well (some don’t pay at all), so don’t expect to make a lot of money. Be realistic, and understand that there are many other benefits to finding an internship other than cold hard cash.

Besides allowing you to develop your talents for a future career, an internship can also give you an idea of what life will be like once you’re done school. You’ll learn skills that you’ll be able to use in the real world, both in your professional and personal lives. These skills can be something as simple as learning how to deal with people and providing outstanding customer service, to learning how to manage your time effectively, to learning how to work with or under a boss.

Plus the self-confidence you’ll gain from the knowledge that you can do something well is a benefit that’s hard to put a price on.

Finding an internship for teens can sometimes be very challenging because there are a lot of teens looking for jobs, and not always enough jobs. If you plan to look for a specific type of internship, start early. The earlier you start looking, the more likely you’ll find what you want, beat your competition, and get the internship or job that you want.

To help you figure out what type of job you might be interested in will make finding an internship you like much easier. Consider making a list of all your strengths and likes. Don’t forget to also make a list of your weaknesses. Everyone has weaknesses, and by knowing and facing yours, you’ll be better prepared to deal with the challenges your internship might bring.

Once you’ve made a list of your strengths and weakness (Doing this on a piece of loose-leaf is good enough.), prepare yourself to compile another list. You’ll need to make a list of what your long-term goals are. Do you want to work with animals? If you do, then getting an internship at your local humane society will help you fill your long-term goals.

Consider your long-term goals carefully. You want to make sure that the time you spend searching for the perfect internship for you won’t be a waste. And you want to be assured that the time spent working in the temporary job will also benefit you in the long run.

Once you’ve done this, take a look at your three lists. (You should have a list for your strengths, weaknesses, and long-term goals.) Carefully consider what you wrote down. Then think of the types of jobs you’d like to work as an intern in. Make a list of those jobs, keeping the jobs realistic. For example, if your future goal is to become a nurse, you’ll never get an internship as a nurse unless you’ve finished the required training. You might, however, be able to get an internship that allows you to entertain sick children. This way you’ll get a chance to work in hospital setting, and learn how a hospital runs. It may not be your perfect job, but it’s a stepping stone to the job that you would like.

Your next step to finding an internship once you’ve narrowed down what you want is to write a resume outlining your skills.

Then look in the newspapers and keep your eyes open for the type of internship that you want.