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.