Category Archives: Finding A Job

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Where are the Jobs?

The advantage of working part-time while attending school goes beyond the extra money that comes with doing so. Being able to balance school work with a part-time job will do you a whole lot of good in terms of your ability to multitask and you are going to find that quite useful later in life. But where are the jobs for teens?

Where to Look for Jobs

There are many sectors in which a teenager can seek part-time employment. But child labor laws restrict young people below certain age threshold from being offered employment in a handful of sectors. The following are few of the best places to look if you are among those asking where are the jobs.

Retail – The retail sector has traditionally been the leading provider of jobs for young people. Your job will mostly involve staying behind a counter and attending to customers as they come around when working in retail. Restocking may also be part of your duties. You must be the patient type to enjoy working in retail, however.

Food service – This is another area where young people are usually in high demand for employment. A popular position is that of a waiter or waitress who attends to tables and ensures customers get quality service while eating. Busser and dishwasher are two of the other roles you may be eligible to apply for in food service businesses.

Construction – If you are at least 14 years old, you may be able to find a job in construction, but you will not be allowed to work on sites unless you are at least 16 years of age. There was a decline in the number of jobs available for young people in the sector during the recession, but things have started improving in recent years. Typical jobs include runners, flaggers, carpenters and landscape assistants.

In addition to the above sectors, health, warehouse and distribution, and hospitality are some of the others you may wish to check out when asking the question of where are the jobs.

Finding Suitable Jobs

There are certainly businesses in your locality that are engaged in at least one of the sectors mentioned earlier. You can just walk into these places and make enquiry on available opening. But first, you need to arm yourself with a well-prepared resume, just in case there are openings. It is essential to dress smart as well. Older family friends and neighbors may also be informed of your ongoing job search.

In addition, there are online platforms you may use to search for teen jobs. An example is the search page on MyFirstPaycheck.com which allows you to search for your ideal job without leaving your comfort zone. You only need to enter a job title or keyword and your preferred location to find available jobs near you. Advanced search options let you refine what sorts of jobs are delivered in search results.

Where are the jobs? The sectors mentioned in this piece are not the only ones where teens may find
jobs, but they are among the areas that offer the most opportunities of part-time work to young people.

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summer camp by sarah joy

Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

Summer camping is an integral part of the American life. Millions of young people always look forward to summer mainly because of the fun time that awaits them when they attend camps. If you love the outdoors and working with kids, summer camp counselor jobs might just make for an interesting way to earn some extra money during the summer.

Job Description

Summer camp counselors are people with special skills that assist at camps in teaching young children and directing activities as well as ensuring safety. Duties usually include guiding children and teenagers in activities such as swimming, kayaking, hiking and other activities that may be considered interesting to campers. Your duties as a summer camp counselor will include organizing trips, explaining camp rules, planning and scheduling activities.

Requirements to Work as a Summer Camp Counselor

Typically, camp counselors are young people, perhaps, to make for easy interaction with young camp attendees. Most of those working on summer camp counselor jobs fall in the age bracket 15-18. It is very important that you should be able to prove to organizers that you have impressive expertise in whatever activity you will be teaching. You must also be able to demonstrate you are in good shape, health wise.

A college degree is not really essential to work on summer camp counselor jobs since many of those applying for them are not old enough to even be in college. Besides, you will likely be working on this type of job on a seasonal basis. But if you are interested in a full-time position, a minimum qualification of an associate’s degree may be required. Most camps usually organize pre-camp orientation, during which additional training may be provided to would-be counselors.

You may need to familiarize yourself with local regulations as there may be some extra requirements to work on summer camp counselor jobs. For instance, certification could be required when looking to teach certain activities, such as water-related ones.

Finding Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

There are different approaches you can adopt to search for a counselor job at a summer camp. The most obvious way will be to look for a camp in your area and apply for a job directly. You may choose the alternative route of asking friends who have worked in similar capacity in the past to link you to available jobs.

If you’d rather not go through the stress of walking around to find a job, you may take your search online instead. The search page on MyFirstPaycheck, can be easily used to find these jobs. To find available openings around you, just type “summer camp counselor” or “camp counselor” into the “What” field and enter your location in the “Where” field. Search results can further be fine-tuned by clicking on “Advanced Job Search.”

Summer camp counselor jobs can be quite exciting as you will essentially be getting paid for doing wh
at you enjoy. Most camps also have recreation lodges fitted with mobile devices, computers and cable TVs, among others, which counselors can enjoy using during their time of leisure. Medical staff is equally on ground to ensure the wellness of both camp employees and attendees.

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Bar Harbor Maine by denisbin

Jobs in Maine

Maine is situated in the easternmost section of the United States. Placed in the New England region, the state is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, the Atlantic Ocean and New Hampshire. It is a great place to both work and raise a family with its rich natural landscape and scenic waterways. If you are someone considering jobs in Maine, you can find all you need to know about working in the state in this piece.

About Maine

The area where Maine now stands was inhabited entirely by indigenous peoples for thousands of years and the first European settlers did not arrive here until 1604. It belonged to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820 when it was admitted as the 23rd member of the Union under the Missouri Compromise. Maine is seen as the 39th most-extensive state in the U.S. Its capital city is Augusta while the largest city is Portland. While working on jobs in Maine, you will find the state a great place to raise a family as well with its low crime rates.

Leading Industries in Maine

In the earlier years, Maine was known for paper making and shipbuilding as well as agriculture. Commercial fishing was the mainstay of the state economy at a time. While those industries are still relevant today, a dramatic change in recent years means greater number of jobs in Maine can be found in other industries such as health care, tourism, retail, education services and construction.

It has been estimated that almost one in 10 persons in Maine works in the healthcare sector, including social assistance workers. Healthcare positions have been among the fastest growing jobs in Maine for the last decade, with health worker per capita in the state greater than the average for the entire country.

Trailing behind healthcare in terms of job provision in Maine is retail, a sector which rebounded faster than many others following the recession and accounting for over six percent of jobs in the state. Tourism and outdoor recreation businesses also create significant amount of jobs in Maine, a state which is a favorite location for sport hunting, sport fishing and snowmobiling, among other exciting outdoor activities.

Some of the jobs you can expect to land, as a young person, include the following:

  • Sales assistant
  • Office assistant
  • Reservation agent
  • Housekeeper
  • Cashier
  • Customer service representative
  • Support worker
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Busser or dishwasher

Searching for Jobs in Maine

You can search for available openings in Maine easily from the comfort of your home. Simply visit jobs.myfirstpaycheck.com and find whatever you desire. Just enter a job title or keyword – you may even enter the name of any company you will like to work with, if you have one in mind already. Next you enter the name of your city, state or zip code for only openings in your area to be returned in the search results. You can further refine your search by clicking on the “Advanced Job Search.”

Maine is a great state to consider when interested in working in healthcare, tourism, retail, education or construction sector. It is also one of the safest states to live in the U.S.

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The Wedding Photographer by Don LaVange

How To Make Money As A Photographer

Images have a way of succinctly delivering messages and assist in preserving memories or scenes we would love to relive over and again. Little wonder then that many people these days take special interest in photography, especially with camera on virtually all new mobile devices. If you have photography as a hobby, do you know there is opportunity for you to make money by doing what you love? This piece addresses how to make money as a photographer.

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iphone by Yutaka Tsutano

How To Work From Your iPhone

There has been a massive explosion in the number of smartphone users over the last few years. Majority of the population, especially young people, now use one of these devices or another, with Apple iPhone becoming something of a household name. But do you actually know that you can make money using the internet data on your smartphone from anywhere? You only need to have some apps on your device in most cases and you are good to go! Here are some cool ways you can go about making money with your smartphone.

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Lovely Beach - Luke Ma Jobs In The Summer For Teens

8 Great Summer Jobs

Summer is a great time to have fun outdoors. It is also a great time for young people to make extra money by taking on jobs. Here we present 8 great summer jobs that teens can engage in, earn and have a wonderful time.

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college student studying in park by CollegeDegrees360

College Job Search Guide

The common practice among a good number of college students before now was to wait until their final year to start planning for the career life that lies ahead of them. However, harsher economic realities have greatly altered this approach. More students now begin their search for jobs from the very first year in college and schools are becoming increasingly helpful in this regard. Here is a college job search guide to help you in your job quest right from your first year.

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Halo 3 Master Chief by Brian Game Testing

How to Become a Game Tester

Playing of video games is a favorite pastime for many people, both young and old. However, some people are not aware of the fact that they can become a game tester and earn money doing what they like. It could well be a case of you not knowing what it exactly takes to work as one. This post addresses most of what you need to know on how to become a game tester.

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2010 Biomedical Breakthrough Essay Contest by NWABR

Jobs For 16 Year Olds

So you are now 16 and you are tired of having to make do with what you consider meager or insufficient allowance from your parents. Well, the good news is that at that age you are now able to work for more hours, unlike when you were younger, meaning you are now able to earn more money to complement whatever allowance your parents may provide. You will find in this post useful information pertaining to jobs for 16 year olds.

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Miss Teen Arizona Kevin Dooley

Jobs for 17 Year Olds

Maybe you are a 17-year-old and currently looking to get a job for one reason or the other. It could well be a case of you trying to find such a job for your teenage child or ward. You are in the right place! In this piece, you will find information on some jobs for 17 year-olds available to complement a teen’s allowance and help such have some work experience under his or her belt.

Finding Jobs for 17-Year-Olds

There are federal laws regulating what work can or cannot be done by young people below 18 years as well as imposing hour limits. In the case of jobs for 17-year-olds, there is no limit on the number of hours you can work, but you are not qualified to do jobs that are considered hazardous.

While finding a job, it is important to considering going for one that fits your personality. Otherwise, you may find the experience an unpleasant one. It is more common to see jobs having 18 years as the minimum age, but some of these jobs are indeed what a 17-year-old can do. Retail as well as food and restaurant businesses are among major providers of jobs for 17-year-olds.

Some Jobs for 17-Year-Olds

Waiter/Waitress

This is a good job option for 17-year-olds with good social skills and those who do not get angry easily. Being a waiter or waitress helps you build on your sales and customer service skills. The most interesting thing is that you get to receive handsome tips if you are nice to certain customers.

Retail worker

As noted previously, retail businesses are among the leading providers of jobs for 17-year-olds. You can get a job as a retail worker as well. This type of jobs is often very flexible, easily fitting into your schedule without hindering your school activities. A popular retail position for 17-year-olds is that of a cashier.

Model / Movie Extra

Modeling and filling simple extra roles in movies is a job anyone can do at any age. Modeling is fun, rewarding, unpredictable, and at times, it can be a lot of work. If you are interested in becoming a model the first step is to create a profile with a modeling agency that places you in front of advertisers and movie casting professionals.

Tutor

It’s likely you may balk at this idea. Do not. You see, you need not be a whiz kid to be able to teach a younger person. You only need to be good enough in one or two subjects to teach someone in a lower class. You can reach out to parents or join a daycare center as a teacher assistant.

Babysitter

If you are into kids, you can consider babysitting jobs. These jobs are especially a popular option for young people below 18 years. Classes are offered by the Red Cross for would-be babysitters. You can sign up for one to improve your chances of landing a good job using services such as Sitter City.

Freelance writer

You could also decide to work for yourself by venturing into freelance writing. There are numerous sites online in need of content, which their owners are probably too busy to prepare. You can make your services available to such people via sites such as oDesk and Freelancer, if you have good writing skills, and get paid.

Blogger

Blogging is another thing you can consider to make extra money to spend. There is virtually no age restriction to start and there are several blogging platforms you can use for free. You can blog on any topics you have special interest in. Once you have significant traffic to your site, you can start making money by displaying ads and referring visitors to products or other sites.

Hope you find the above information useful in your search for jobs for 17-year-olds.



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