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Where to Find Jobs Locally

Category : Job Search

As a teenager, searching for a job can be difficult. Most job searches will provide results for degree holders, but not for teenagers who are looking to earn some extra cash from an after school or a summer job. Fortunately, there are a few places that you can look to find a good job around your town.

  1. Bulletin Boards: Bulletin boards can be found in a variety of places around town and are ideal for finding information on various things, including job possibilities. You will most likely see bulletin boards in grocery stores, post offices, cafes, and news shops, which means the postings will be very local. People will use these to post things for sale, services offered, classes, lost or missing things or animals, and jobs. A job post should provide a brief description of the job type, responsibilities, and location. There should definitely be contact information so that you can inquire and even apply for the position. Some postings will have tear offs at the bottom of the page with the contact information so you can take it with you.
  2. Community Centers: Community Centers are a great resource for your job search. There are usually a lot of job opportunities there because they have connections with a variety of groups and organizations throughout town. If you like active, hands on, and creative jobs, this is a good place to work as community centers run a lot of sports and games activities, day camps, and various classes such as art.
  3. Newspapers: Although the internet is taking over most things in our life, the newspaper is still used. In the classifieds section of your newspaper you will find job postings for opportunities in your area. You will be provided with contact information so that you can inquire with the employer.
  4. Word of mouth: One of the best ways to find a job is by networking. Let people know you are looking for a local job, whether you prefer babysitting, waiting tables, or an office job. The more people you talk to, the higher the chances are that someone will know of a job opportunity for you. Networking is also beneficial because through your connections you may be able to meet with the employer directly, rather than with their secretary or another employee.

 



With all of these options, you will have a variety of jobs to apply to in order to earn some extra money during the school year or during your summer vacation!


Tips For Teens On Their First Interview

Category : My First Job

The first time you go into an interview can be an intimidating experience. Remember, though, this is a rite of passage that every teenager must endure. Even more, the person sitting across the table has almost definitely been in the other chair, sweating and nervous as they try to attain their first job. Below, we’ve listed some tips for doing great on your first interview.

Dress to Impress: You don’t have to wear a business suit, but you should take the time to prepare clothing that presents your best side. Think business casual; for guys, a pair of slacks and a collared shirt works well, and girls can’t go wrong with a skirt and a nice sweater. If you’re not sure how dressed up to get, err on the side of caution and dress up, rather than down.

Arrive Early: Plan to get to the interview at least 15 minutes early. Aside from the obvious negatives that go with showing up late, if you’re hurried on the way to the interview, it will only add to your stress level. Make sure you have the proper amount of time to get there safely, taking into account things like traffic and the walk over from your car. There’s nothing wrong with getting there a little early.

Practice Before the Big Day: Enlist a friend or family member to act as the interviewer. Draw up a list of the possible questions they might ask, and run through the answers a few times to get comfortable. It’s a great idea to start this the week before the interview itself, instead of trying to cram it all in the hour before the big event. If certain sections of the interview are giving you problems, run through them multiple times to get a good grip.

Bring Multiple Copies of Your Resume: This is a great way to show a potential employer that you’re responsible and prepared. Rather than having to shuffle papers across a desk, bring a couple of copies so that you can consult your CV at the same time as the interviewer.

Maintain Composure: There’s nothing more unnerving than an interviewee who can’t sit still. Don’t fidget, don’t cross and uncross your legs throughout, just relax. Maintain good body posture, and you’ll convey confidence and self-respect, two things that any boss is sure to appreciate in an employee.

Take a Deep Breath: During the interview, if you feel yourself starting to lose control, just take a deep breath and compose yourself. There’s no reason to feel anxious; even if you don’t get this job, there are plenty of opportunities down the road, and now you’ll be much better prepared.

Interviewing is a skill that you’ll have to embrace as you move through life, so why not start early? By embracing the tips above, you’ll have a great head start on the interviewing process, and you’ll be much more likely to get that job that you’ve been dreaming of.




Building a Teen Resume For Your First Job

Category : Interviews , My First Job

Your first job is always a memorable one. Most kids start searching for those summer jobs early and are already working by the time they are teenagers. It can be hard trying to find the perfect job because as a kid you have so many other activities such as school, sports and extra curriculars. However, there are a lot of valuable lessons you can learn from your first job and build your resume. The best part is as a teenager you have room to look around and decide what job works with your schedule and is a fun way to make money.

The first job search is usually found by word of mouth or with the help of other friends who have some experience. Many times teenagers begin working over the summers in order to make some money while they don’t have the commitment of school. With a good employer you can hopefully find a way to work a part-time job into your school year as well. As a rule of thumb, when you go in for the interview process you should make your potential employer aware if you will or will not be able to consider continue working during the school year as well.

As a teenager searching for a job you need to be a little more flexible about what you are going to find. As you are just starting, you are on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay and experience. No matter how smart and capable you are of the job, it’s hard to convince someone of your talent without any previous experience. That’s why in your first job you should be looking to build your resume and experience. A great way to do that is by beginning to write your resume even before you start your job. That way as you are completing tasks it’ll be fresh in your mind of all the new tools you are learning. You’ll be surprised by how many different little skills you learn that maybe later you wouldn’t even consider writing on your resume. For example, if you are using any sort of computer program that’s definitely experience you want to include. Even if it is only for helping customers to check out that is experience not everyone has had and the next time you are looking for a job it may be able to give you leverage over your competition.

It’s incredible how important that resume will be in later years when you are searching for another job. A well-written and organized resume can definitely get you the job over another potential candidate. Plus, you automatically are in a better place than with your first occupation because you have actually job experience. Even if your second choice of job has nothing to do with the first, any experience is always better than no experience at all. Take your first job for what it is and begin to build your resume as you go.




Resume Tips For Teens

Category : Interviews , My First Job

As a teenager begins his or her first job, they are often scared and have little courage.  Whether it is because of the lack of experience or going to an interview for the first time, looking for a job at such a young age can be scary.  One thing that can help children to ease their worries is being well prepared and having confidence.  Having a well put together resume can either make or break a job interview.  Even if you don’t have experience, a resume will show what skills, experience and other qualifications you have to make you stand out.

Keep it simple.  The best resumes contain all information pertinent to the job you are applying for, but don’t overdo it.  If you add in qualifications that are not relevant, if may get confusing and turn employers away.  The resume should be easy to read and clearly understood.  It should highlight your best qualities and point out why you are different than the average applicant.

Be professional.  The presentation of your resume should use a standard font and format.  There is no need to make a resume appear more visually appealing with cursive writing or pictures.  Make sure your name and contact information is clearly put at the top and print it out on a plain piece of white paper from a quality printer.

Order is important.  When forming your resume, keep in mind that you want the most important qualities you possess to be first.  Prioritize your qualities and make sure that they stand out when an employer reviews your resume.  With your previous experience, things should be ordered based on the date.  Your most recent job experiences or other types of relevant experiences should be listed first.

Content.  Even if you don’t have job experience, there are still many things that you can put in your resume.  Begin with a brief introduction of yourself that contains basic information, such as your name, sex, birthday and contact information.  After an introduction, you’ll want to list your strengths.  Here, you will put what you consider your most important strengths that are relevant to the job you are applying for.  Next, you’ll want to highlight any qualifications or awards you have received.  If you have a diploma or received educational awards while in school, you will list them in this section.   After highlighting any qualifications, you’ll want to list any job experience that you’ve had in the past.  Whether it is volunteer or paid, any previous work experience you have will be listed here.  Furthermore, you’ll want to include a brief description of what duties each job entailed.  Last but not least, you’ll want to list at least three references for the employer to contact.  These should not be family members, but instead people who know you on a work basis or from an educational standpoint.  When listing references, be sure to contact them and let them know that they may be contacted by the potential employer.

Keep in mind that your resume should be clear and concise.  It should not be any longer than two pages and should contain anything that makes you stand out.  Make sure that there are no grammatical errors and that you have not put anything inaccurate on your resume.




Summer Jobs For High School Students

Category : My First Job

Teenagers Summer Job Opportunity

During the summer months there are lots of jobs that open up for teenagers who are interested in making some extra money of the upcoming school year. There are lots of different types of jobs that high school students can find that require little to no work experience.  These jobs are not only great for students to make a little extra cash, but for students to get some valuable work experience before they graduate and head to college or start their careers.

Available jobs in Retail outlets:

Some of the jobs available to teens these days are in the malls in retail outlets in larger cities. Malls are filled with up to a few hundred stores of all different kinds, so there are usually many part-time jobs available within one mall area.  These jobs can include retail sales positions, working waiting tables or busing tables at a restaurant, being a barista at a coffee shop or working behind these scenes at clothing or shoe stores stocking and restocking items.  There are also usually movie theatres in larger malls that need people to sell tickets, concessions and to clean up after the movie guests have come and gone to watch their movie. So no matter what you are interested in, there are usually positions available for students to work.

Seasonal job opportunity:

Also during the summer seasonal opportunities open up for teens interested in starting work.  There are usually lifeguard positions open at outdoor pools, beaches and lakes through the city parks and recreational department as well as through private clubs.  During the summer many restaurants and cafes experience an increase in business because they are either located mainly outside or cater to summer tourists.  And, in a lot of cities, there are summer concert or events series that need staff to help run the events and concerts.  By simply asking around and looking at job posting boards teens can usually find something that they think is interesting and can fit their schedules.

If teens are interested in exploring a position that they think may fit in with a career they would one day want to pursue, then thinking about doing a summer internship that is either paid or unpaid could be a viable option for high school students as well.  There are thousands of internship programs available to students, and companies are usually very excited to be teaching their skills and life passion with an eager young student.  And sometimes, if the student like the field that they have chosen to have the internship in and the company is impressed with the student’s skills, then sometimes that internship can turn into a job for that student down the road sooner than he or she may think.

So, no matter what you are interested in and how much you would like to spend of your summer between classes working, there is usually a job available for you that will fit your schedule.  Just make sure to plan ahead and don’t give up searching until you find something that you enjoy.

 



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Part Time Jobs For Teens

Category : Job Search

Greeting Everyone to the Resource Center of Jobs For Teens

If you are in high school chances are that you wish you had some extra cash.  And when you are in high school, a little extra cash can go along way.  So, if you think that you have time in your busy schedule to start a part time job, its best to start looking now.

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Outdoor Summer Jobs For Teens

Category : My First Job

Between classes, homework, sports, and extracurricular activities it is near impossible to hold a job during the school year. Maybe your parents give you an allowance during your busy school year, but come summer time they expect you to find a job to make and save your own money.

There are many job options for teenagers, but during the summer a job outdoors is preferable so that you can enjoy the nice weather. There are some good possibilities for this type of job that are generally geared towards teenage aged employees. This gives you more possibilities and means that you will spend the summer working alongside other people your age. Some suggestions are:

– Day camp: Day camps are a great place to seek employment if you enjoy spending time with kids because you get to be outside all day playing with them. As a counselor at a day camp you and the other counselors are responsible for organizing activities, interacting with the campers, and being responsible for them. Day camps are usually located in parks so you spend the majority of the time outside. The ages of campers are on the younger side, usually ranging from 5 to 13 years old, but most of the activities are similar. Common activities are sports, such as kickball, soccer, swimming, and baseball; arts and crafts, such as lanyard, painting, and building; games, such as cards, tag, duck duck goose, and the playground; and food events such as BBQs and ice cream. The point of all of these activities is to keep the children entertained and encourage interaction between them and between the counselors and them. It is their summer vacation as well, so camp should be something that they look forward to going to everyday. As a counselor you are responsible for making the kids’ experiences fun, which is not a bad job if you think about the activities you are planning for them!

– Lifeguard: Being a lifeguard is another great job that allows you to enjoy summer outside. In order to be a lifeguard you must be certified, which requires that you are an excellent swimmer, are CPR certified, and have been trained. Lifeguard training certification is very useful because you can then apply for jobs at any public or private pool or beach. As a lifeguard you take shifts sitting in the lifeguard chair during the day, watching over the swimmers in the water. It is a very important job because you are in charge of the swimmers’ safety should they need assistance, so responsibility is a key quality for any lifeguard. While not on duty, you are able to enjoy the sun and the environment with your co-workers, most who are also teenagers.

– Caddy: A golf caddy is also a great outdoor summer job for teenagers, and is available at golf courses and country clubs, hotels, or other locations that have golf courses. Basically you are walking, or driving, with the golf player through his round of golf. For this reason, an interest in golf is important. You are responsible for carrying the player’s golf club bags. If you have a golf cart to drive this makes it a bit easier, especially on hot days. The player will look to you for advice on which club to use in different situations. A plus to being a caddy is that the golf player usually tips you at the end of the day.

These are just a few suggestions for ideal outdoor summer jobs for teenagers. Talking to people in your community and at your recreational center will give you more information on these jobs and others.




Holding a Job and Going To School

Category : College

During the school year it seems like you have no time for anything, let alone a job. However, you also need money to support your social life and other. There are some jobs that are conducive to a busy school year, will give you flexibility, and give you extra spending money.

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Summer Jobs For Teens

Category : My First Job

Summer Jobs For Teens

It’s the time of year when many teenagers start thinking about summer employment. Besides putting a few dollars into your pocket, a job can be a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and get out of the house. What should you do when the final bell rings in June? Here are some ideas for you to ponder as you make the move towards a summer job.

Lifeguard: This is the quintessential summer job, and for good reason. You’ll spend all day outside, and if it’s too hot you can jump into some cold water for a dip. In many cases, the pay is quite good as well, coming in at a few dollars higher than minimum wage. Keep in mind, however, that this job comes with a whole bunch of responsibility—take a look at the name, for goodness’ sake! You’ll have to take a course to learn CPR and rescue techniques, and if something does go wrong, you’ll be the one taking care of it.

Golf Caddy: If you’re in good shape (or looking to get into good shape), you can do a lot worse than a summer spent caddying. Carrying bags will build your muscles, and if you do a good job, you can usually expect a decent tip at the end of the day. Just be prepared to walk quite a bit, and if you plan on moving to the front of the line, you’ll want to brush up on your golf knowledge.

Food Service: Whether you’re working at McDonalds or a snack bar, this can be an engaging way to spend your summer months. Get ready for hours spent behind a hot fryer, and the possibility of dealing with rude customers. In the end, you’ll likely learn tips to help you transition into moving away from home.

Retail: Any job that involves selling merchandise falls under the category of retail. You can be hawking clothing, electronics, toys, or anything else. If you want to spend your summer out of the heat, this can be a great way to learn sales techniques or the specifics of a product. Just make sure to apply early; these are often jobs that are occupied year-round, so don’t expect to walk up and immediately get a gig at the mall.

Camp Counselor: If you like kids, this just might be the job for you. Expect to deal with a lot of shenanigans throughout June, July, and August, and you won’t be disappointed. That said, this can be a rewarding way to shape a young person’s future, and one that could stick with you long after you head back to school in September.

Whatever you do, remember that summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Don’t live to work; work to live. Once the day is over and you take off your uniform, enjoy your time out of school, and make sure to hang with friends and family.




Can You Land a Retail Job in a Recession?

Category : Job Search

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS just published an article, “Your Career: Landing a Retail Job in a Recession” that states, “Whenever a retailer does hire employers, it’s usually inundated by people hoping for a job.”

“J.C. Penney Co. received 15,000 applications, more than double what it expected, for 500 positions at its new Manhattan store. SnagAJob.com, an online site, said 160,596 applicants applied for jobs at one national department store chain in July, more than twice the number of a year ago.”

Yikes!

These applications aren’t coming from teenagers either. More and more adults are ‘settling’ for retail positions since they can’t find anything else.

What’s a teen to do?


Michigan Teenagers May Receive Pay Raise This Week

Category : Other Stuff

Michigan’s subminimum wage, a wage paid to employees younger than 18, will jump from $6.55 to $7.25 when the federal minimum wage rises to that rate on Friday.

Check out Forbes.com for more information.


Work at Home Job Resources for High School & College Students

Category : College , Job Search

The New York Times just published a story about teenage entrepreneurs that featured Laura Durst, 18, a recent high school graduate in Woodstock, Conn., who created WorkInMyRoom.com to provide teenagers with information and online resources to find jobs that can be done from home.

It’s an example of what some teens are doing when they can’t find traditional jobs. You are not alone, if you are thinking of starting your own business. Interest in entrepreneurship education among teenagers is rising according to The Times.

Have you started your own business? Let us know and we’ll feature you on our blog.


Delta Airline Summer Jobs

Category : My First Job

HELP THE WORLDPORT RAMP UP FOR SUMMER

Tell your friends and family about Delta’s Summer Airport Customer
Service program. We are looking for people who want to work full-time
during the summer months only. We need people who are committed to
providing exceptional front-line service – assisting customers at
check-in and baggage handling.

Employees will receive $10.82 per hour as well as worldwide travel
privileges that enable them to fly on Delta.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to lift at least 70lbs,
authorized to work in the US , have a H.S. diploma/GED equivalent as
well as a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass an extensive
background check and drug test.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TODAY!

Select “Apply Now” and then select either Airport Customer Service
Ticket/Gate or Ramp Operations/Baggage Handler.


Job Advice from Derek Johnson

Category : My First Job

It’s always interesting to see how entrepreneurs got started. Derek Johnson, the CEO of tatango.com is one of our favorite entrepreneurs and he was willing to share his story with our readers. I think his tips make a lot of sense, what do you think?

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Jobs in New Orleans

Category : My First Job

Slightly older job seekers should check out WorkNOLA.comJobs for New Orleans, A collaboration of many local partners and businesses, WorkNOLA.com offers those looking to move to New Orleans, and those already there, a way to explore and apply for local job openings.

New Orleans is a great place to do well by doing good – we’re going to move down there and we hope that you can join us!


Job Adivce for Teens from the TalentDiva

Category : My First Job

Our friend Adrienne Graham is an extraordinary talented Headhunter, Recruiter, Networker who specializes in high level diversity talent on a global scale – and is also passionate about teenage employment. We asked her about her first jobs and she had plenty of advice to share.

MFP: What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked as a Cashier at a store called TSS Seedmans. It was a low budget Target of its day.

MFP: How did you find that first job?
I went in to the store and applied. I lived five blocks from the store. I interviewed one day and started three days later.

MFP: What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Look for jobs that fit your personality. It’s not enough to just want to get a check. You have to really enjoy the work.

MFP: What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.:
Always show up prepared. Interview attire is the number one faux paux that teens make. Regardless of the type of job, you need to always dress your Sunday best. We live in the internet age. Companies expect you to know a little bit about them. Google and do your research. Then prepare about five questions to ask. It shows that you really care about the position your looking for. Finally, always treat everyone you encounter with respect. That Receptionist or Administrative Assistant you ignored or was rude to may be the one who has the hiring manager’s ear.

MFP: How has that job helped you as you grow older?

That first job gave me my first hard lesson on dealing with people. I learned that people will look down on a service/retail worker so it’s up to you to always have a positive attitude and confidence in yourself.

MFP: What piece of advice would you offer somebody looking for a job?

Watch how you conduct yourself online. Recruiters and employers are looking the very places you hang out online for candidates. Don’t show things you wouldn’t show your parents. Take advantage of the internet and gather as much competitive intelligence as you can before going on interviews. Have a professional prepare your resume. They may be able to craft it in a way that showcases all of your best attributes. And find an adult to help you with mock interviews. This gives you practice and allows you to correct your weak areas before you interview.


So Would You Hire You Looking Like That?

Category : Job Search

This is a guest post from our friend Gloria Bell of Red Stapler Consulting.

All too often we fail to stop and think about appearance. So much emphasis has been put on “what’s inside” of a person, we don’t remember that a job interview is a lot like a first date. There has to be a certain “attraction”. You have to give that potential employer a reason to keep talking to you. And more importantly a reason to want to keep you around.

Being realistic, you don’t have a long and accomplished job history or that fancy piece of parchment from “Wherever” University to sway them in your favor. What you do have is your appearance and your earnestness. So what does this mean? Do you show up to apply for a job at a fast food restaurant or a hardware store in a suit? No. What it means is that you show up to fill out that application or for that interview dressed appropriately, or maybe a little better dressed than their employees generally appear. Not in your “I’m with Stupid” or some other cute, or goodness forbid, obscene saying shirt. Keep in mind the environment you will be working in – an office, a fast food restaurant, an upscale retail store, whatever it may, there is a standard “dress”, at minimum, match that. It also means some good personal grooming – showered, hair combed, clothes clean & neat.

What you want is an appearance that is going to leave an impression. Something that
makes you stand out from the hundreds of other people your age who are applying for the same jobs. Standing out is also more than your clothing, it is your manners, your speech, your “pulled together” overall appearance. It means pulling out those manners that Mom and Dad hammered into you at the kitchen table – Yes Ma’am, No Sir, etc… It means listening to questions, not interrupting and giving thoughtful, accurate answers. It means remembering that the person you are interviewing with, whatever their age may be, is not one of your “buds” that you talk shorthand or slang with.

So next time you are heading out to fill out applications or hopefully go to that interview, stop, look at yourself in the mirror or, even better ask an adult to take a look at you. Would you (or the adult you ask) hire you looking like that?


Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups

Category : Other Stuff

Sue Shellenbarger has a great article in the WSJ today, “Cupcakes and Cattle Breeding: Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups” about teenagers starting their own businesses instead of finding summer jobs. She echos many of the same pieces of advice that we offer on myfirstpaycheck.com including: Find and fill an unmet need, Look for a low-cost niche, Find something you love, and Expect setbacks. Continue reading our blog to read some more great tips about teenage entrepreneurship and interviews with great teenage entrepreneurs like Pencil Bugs


Top Ten Terrific Things To Do At Work

Category : Other Stuff

Here are ten things that do not require any skills or abilities. These are the things that your peers and managers rank most highly other than your technical skills. These are the things that set you up for promotions and raises. These are exactly the things you should be doing all the time at work, and not just in front of your boss… in front of everyone. Life isn’t defined by who you are in the light, it requires that you also be the same person in the dark.

1. Show up early
2. Ask questions
3. Display a friendly attitude
4. Promote your company to your friends and family
5. Befriend your co-workers
6. Keep up your school work
7. Volunteer to take on additional tasks
8. Be proud of your work
9. Work hard
10. Have fun!


Interview Tips for Teens

Category : Interviews

Bring materials to leave behind. It is a good idea to bring a resume with you when inquiring about jobs or attending a job interview. Oftentimes the decision maker will be out of the office or will forget about your conversation, so it’s effective to leave them with something to remind them why they should hire you!

Dress appropriately. If you have any questions about what’s appropriate, dress up. Being overdressed is a lot easier to forgive than being under dressed. Not to mention, it shows that you are responsible and that you care about the job opening. First impressions are important, take advantage of yours.

Be optimistic. When an employer decides to hire you, they are making the decision that they want to (or are willing) to spend a good chunk of their time with you. You will never make a favorable impression with a poor attitude or by speaking negatively of a previous employer. If you get rejected, apply somewhere else. If you aren’t getting rejected, you’re not stretching yourself enough.

Practice, Practice, Practice. Have answers prepared for possible interview questions, and find a parent or friend to help you practice. The first time you should think about why you want to work somewhere should not be in the interview. You should already have a ready, true, and compelling reason. Practice makes perfect.

Make sure you ask questions as well. At the end of an interview, an employer will often times provide you with the opportunity to ask questions. Take advantage of this opportunity! It will make you sound intelligent, engaged, and you’ll learn something too!