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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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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.


Job Advice from Willy Franzen

Category : Careers

We had such a good response from our last interview, we decided to do it again! Here are some great tips from our good friend Willy Franzen. Do you know somebody else we should interview? Please let us know!

MFP:  What was your first job as a teenager?
Willy: I ran a website about my favorite rapper. I made money selling ads. Those were the days before the first Internet bubble, so it was actually pretty lucrative – for a 14 year old. If you’re talking about my first real job with real hours and responsibilities, then it was working the Summer after 7th grade at my Dad’s architectural firm.

MFP:   How did you find that first job?
Willy: I just started playing around with website building tools on Tripod.com one night. As for the office job, my Dad didn’t want me sitting around the house all Summer, so he put me to work. I didn’t have much of a choice.

MFP: What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Willy: The advice that I give for looking for a first job as a teenager is very different from that which I give to new college grads and above. If you’re a teen, look for a job that’s going to work you hard and teach you what it means to actually work. It probably won’t be fun, and you might even hate yourself for following my advice, but you’ll appreciate it when you’re older. I know that’s not what you want to hear, but I really mean it. People who worked hard as teens are going to have a much easier transition to the workforce after they graduate from college. I spent a summer doing manual labor, and it’s still paying off.

MFP: What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.:
Willy: Show up on time. Look good. Act like an adult. Your goal for the interview is to show the employer that you’re going to be a model employee. Most jobs for teens are pretty simple, so if you show some initiative and act responsible, you’re probably going to get the job. Try to think about what a model employee looks like, and act that way in the interview. Don’t try too hard to impress the interviewer with how smart you are – show him or her that you’re a reliable, hard worker who really wants the job.

MFP: How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Willy: If we’re talking about the website, it has helped immensely. Everything that I do now is possible because I taught myself basic web skills as a teenager. Although it may have looked to my parents like I was wasting time on the computer, I was actually learning and developing skills that I use every day. These were things that they didn’t teach at school, but that I taught myself. The office job taught me how to act like a professional. I had to dress properly, answer phones, make calls, and be around clients. Acting like a teenager wasn’t an option. (Ok, it was. I had plenty of fun when Dad wasn’t watching – mainly shooting rubber bands at his employees, but only after I got all my work done.)

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

Willy: Be willing to work hard, and show it! That will set you apart from the large majority of other job seekers. If you can find a job that interests you as a teen, that’s awesome, but don’t obsess over it. Building your work ethic now will pay off big time in the future. If you’re entrepreneurial, there’s no better time than now to start your own business. Even though you may not make a million dollars as a teen, you’ll be building the foundation for future successes. Whatever you decide to do, just start and give it 100% effort.

Willy Franzen, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, is the founder of One Day, One JobOne Day, One InternshipFound Your Career. After struggling through is own post-graduation job search, Willy realized that he could combine his passion for and knowledge of the Internet with his background in Human Resources to make the job search easier for other students. His sites have reached more than half a million job seekers, and Willy has appeared and been quoted in numerous media outlets; however, he may be best known for developing a technique that uses Facebook ads to attract employers. Willy lives in Chicago, IL and spends most of his free time fly fishing, playing volleyball, working out, and cooking meat.


Should Girl Scouts Sell Online?

Category : Entrepreneurship

Kurt Soller asks in Newsweek, “by banning online sales, are the Girl Scouts failing our daughters?”  8-year-old Wild Freeborn became a Girl Scout earlier this year, and set out to sell 12,000 boxes of the organization’s cookies. As a smart and forward thinking kid she decided to use the internet to increase her sales.  With the help of her dad she posted a YouTube video, starring Freeborn in Girl Scout gear, touting her straightforward sales pitch. “Buy cookies! And they’re yummy!” and set up an online order system that was limited to customers within their local area (so Freeborn could personally deliver them). It worked, but she got in trouble because the organization has a longstanding prohibition of online sales.

I can understand the safety concerns, but the Girl Scouts (and every other youth group) have to be encouraging their kids to utilize the internet. What do you think? How important are internet skills to you?  Similarly, Anastasia points out on YPulse that Saving Journalism Should Begin In High Schools – is your high school teaching kids internet schools?


Summer Jobs for Teenagers

Category : Job Search

There are countless ways to find summer jobs when you are a teenager. Possibilities include everything from working online to mowing lawns to working retail to starting your career. Read on for some great ideas on how to get started on your search.

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You Need a “Brand” to Stand Out From the Competition

Category : Job Search

Whether You’re Going for a First Job at a Fast-Food Restaurant or an Internship at a Lawyer’s Office, You Need a “Brand” to Stand Out From the Competition

Let’s face it, in today’s economic situation there’s going to be even more competition than usual for entry-level or “first” jobs. If there are 20 teens, for example, applying to the same one job, how can you increase your chances of being the one teen hired?

By creating a unique brand that sets you apart from the other job applicants.

What’s a brand? It’s a public persona composed of pieces of information about you that are all on what we writers call “the spine of the story.”

Confused? Let’s take an imaginary teen, Joan, who wants a job for this summer before going to college in the fall. She applies at Pearl Fine Art Supplies, whose tagline is “the world’s largest discount art supplier.” (FYI: That tagline is Pearl’s brand – positioning that sets Pearl apart from other art supply stores.)

Joan has the usual teen resume: she’s babysat for the neighbor’s kids, gotten good grades in high school, and had an unpaid internship at a local veterinarian. What could possibly make her different than the other 19 high school graduates applying for the same summer job?

It just so happens that Joan decided to apply to Pearl because Joan has a love for drawing. She’s been a frequent customer of this particular Pearl store, where she buys drawing paper, color drawing pencils, and frames for her artwork.

Now this is not likely to be information that will appear on the resume she’s handing in at Pearl. So what can she do with this information to create a brand for herself and stand out from the other job applicants?

She can take one of the Pearl drawing sheets and cut it to the same size as her resume. Then she can do a color-pencil sketch of a scene from the inside of Pearl and sign her name and date the drawing before attaching the drawing to her resume.

Next she can attach one additional sheet of paper with some of her observations from being a regular Pearl customer for her art supplies. (The attached drawing demonstrates that she really does drawings.) She might include praise for the times the employees have helped her find what she’s looking for, and a constructive comment that she wishes the drawing pencils were more clearly labeled to help price-comparison shopping.

Joan has now created for herself a brand as an art supplier consumer who has thoughtful insights into Pearl’s products and product displays.

If you were the local Pearl store’s hiring manager for the one summer job opening, who would you hire? One of the 19 teens, all with almost identical resumes, or the one teen who has demonstrated clearly that she knows and cares about art supplies?

Now obviously if Joan had applied for a summer job at a sports store, she couldn’t use this brand, and she might not have anything in her areas of interest that could fit a sports store brand.

So what’s your first step? To figure out what your brand can be (you might have more than one potential brand if you have varied interests).

Your second step? To apply to jobs (or internships) where that brand can help you stand out from the competition.

If you follow these recommendations to create your own brand appropriate for the job to which you are applying, you should have a much better chance of getting that first job or internship this coming summer, regardless of the economic situation.

This is a guest post from Phyllis Zimbler Milller, the president of Miller Mosaic LLC, an online marketing company that helps book authors and small businesses build a brand through utilizing a marketing-focused website. You can access more of her articles at http://www.millermosaic.com


Does (Fill in Company Name) Hire Teens?

Category : Job Search

Teenagers are web-savvy, and rely on the internet for many aspects of their daily lives. Teenagers who use the internet to do their homework, communicate with their friends, shop, and entertain themselves, are learning to use the internet to find jobs.

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Great Way of Using Facebook

Category : Other Stuff

My friend Willy came up with a great way of using facebook to promote yourself and find a job. I dont think it works for many of the hourly positions you will find on myfirstpaycheck.com, but its a great idea for high school and college students seeking internships or first career jobs. Eitherway, everybody should read his piece on One Day, One Job because it offers great networking advice.


Jobless Rate Climbs to 5.7% as 51,000 Jobs Lost in July

Category : Other Stuff

Uh oh… this isnt good for anybody. When jobs are cut, it hurts parents and it makes the job hunt even harder for teens.

The competition for traditional teen jobs (retail, restaurants) is going to increase as adults expand their job search so teens have to make sure that they are prepared when applying.

Teens should also get creative, and I know money is important, but think about volunteering and internships as ways of getting your foot in the door and gaining experience.

Good luck!


Teen Jobs from an HR Executive

Category : Job Search

I stumbled across a very good article written by Marlene Prost for The Human Resource Executive Online.

She writes, “Organizations may end up hurting themselves in the long run if the slumping teen job market — with the exception of hospitality and tourism — continues to lag. The tendency to hire immigrants, college-age students and older adults leaves little room for teenagers, who need those summer jobs to learn how to become good employees.”

Its interesting to see that HR executives understand the importance of teenage employment, we just wish others were as forward thinking as Marlene. And we hope that Marlene knows how much myfirstpaycheck.com can help her.

She asks, So Why Hire Teens?” and answers, “The teen work crisis isnt just depriving kids of pocket money; its hurting society, because teenagers are not learning how to work, some experts say.

“A lot of my clients express frustration that they’re more babysitters than employers” for workers in their 20s, Stamer says. “[These workers] lack a work ethic. They don’t know how to be a good employee. They haven’t had jobs and [learned to be] accountable.”

Teens need jobs to learn the value of work, she says. They need mentors and feedback on performance.

“The vast majority [of teenagers and younger adults] dont wake up one day and understand what it is to be an employee, to learn to be counted on, to be accountable, to do well or not. … The workers were not hiring will come into the work force, whether youre hiring them at 16 or 30.”

HR also can benefit from teen employment in several ways.

* Identify and keep the best. “I try to convince my clients to give a performance evaluation at the end, to show where [the teens] could develop, where they performed well. If they were good … provide a financial incentive [next year], a premium,” Mathews says.

* Adapt to the millennial mind. The millennials, born after 1977, are more interested in flexible hours and a work/life balance than salary and benefits, Grasz says.

To attract the best young workers, schedule around school hours and consider offering transportation, Mathews suggests. “The employer needs to get creative. Its not a never-ending supply, especially of good workers.”

* Create summer internships. On a broad level, some cities such as Boston, run large programs that help businesses create paid summer internships.

On a smaller scale, Stamer says she personally hires a few students every summer in her law firm.

“I do it for two-fold reasons: If I do my job right, I get valuable service at less rate. These people are going on and build the world I live in. Im building a safety net for services I need in the future.”


How to Find a Last Minute Summer Job

Category : Job Search

I wanted to pass on some advice from the great internship site onedayoneinternship.com.

Youll have to go to his site to read the whole thing, which is about searching for an internship but applicable – but basically Willy says,

  • Keep on Truckin
  • Go Local
  • Cold Call
  • Ask Your Parents and Their Friends
  • Consider Unpaid Internships
  • Consider Non-Profits
  • Use Craigslist/myfirstpaycheck.com
  • Schedule an Informational Interview
  • Create Your Own Internship
  • Volunteer
  • Travel
  • Read
  • Relax

What Employers are Thinking

Category : Other Stuff

I wanted to share this good advice I found from allbusiness.com. It’s important to know what employers are thinking when applying for a job. Think about what they are looking for, and how you can help them fill those needs.

What do you think? Do you have any other advice for employers?

Interviewing Prospective Employees

The reason you are interviewing is because you have a need in your business that can only be met by hiring another employee. Your objective when interviewing prospective employees should always be to hire the best possible candidate for the job. Ideas for making this process go smoothly include:

* Create a job description that identifies the most important qualifications your ideal candidate should possess. Include salary and benefit information.
* Collect resumes of prospective employees through such avenues as employment agencies, trade journals, newspapers, the Internet, and through networking. Go through the resumes and select the ones with the best qualifications.
* Be prepared with questions to ask during the actual interview. Review the information listed on the resume to verify its accuracy. Listen carefully to how each person answers your questions, and observe if they have a positive and professional attitude.
* Before making your final selection, let representatives of the franchisor or some of your key employees (particularly those who would be working with the new employee) interview the candidate. Dont rush your decision. Choosing the best person for the job is important to the success of your business.


14 Easy-to-Start Summer Business Ideas for Teenagers

Category : Careers , Entrepreneurship

I found this list of 14 summer businesses on YoungEntrepreneur.com and wanted to share because I think they have some really good suggestions.

While we are always trying to get more job listings on myfirstpaycheck.com, sometimes you just cant find something that youre looking for, but it doesn’t mean give up. If you are looking for something to do this summer, maybe you can start your own business. The pay and hours will probably be even better than a retail or restaurant job.

1) Lawn Care / Landscaping

It’s a perfect seasonal business that can pay well and make you enough money to cover your expenses during the year. The startup costs are relatively low and you get to work outdoors. It can also be a repeat customer business for the next year.

2) Cleaning Service

People are always using the summer to clean out their garage and other rooms in the house. Offer your services to help customers organize themselves and haul away the garbage.

3) Dog Walker

If you love dogs and the outdoors, what better way to make some extra money and work on your tan? It could also give you a part time business for the rest of the year to earn cash on the side.

4) Car Washing

Everyone needs their car washed at some point in the summer and your startup costs involve a bucket, soap, and a few rags. Consider adding extra services in like detailing and interior cleaning.

5) Yard Sale Organizers

The start of summer also leads to countless yard sales around the country. Most people just want to get rid of their junk and don’t want to do the work. Offer to help them organize the yard sale and promote it for a fee or percentage of sales.

6) Sports Equipment Rentals

Rent bikes, scooters, rollerblades, and other summer-related sports equipment to people looking to have a day of fun. The startup costs are higher as you need to get the inventory but you can pick up used equipment for cheap to get you going.

7) Computer Helper

Are you a computer expert? If so why not offer your help out to people who aren’t? Many adults could use help in learning how to use their computer and the Internet. You could also help them solve specific problems and offer a maintenance package.

8) Window Cleaner

Another low cost idea is to become a window cleaner. With all the summer parties people throw they will need to have their houses looking in top shape – including the windows. Also look at commercial stores where they need clean windows to promote a professional appearance.

9) Sell on eBay

Starting an online business can take a while to turn a profit but with eBay you can get other people’s junk and sell it for an immediate return. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure!

10) Run Errands

With people being busier than ever and wanting to enjoy their summers as much as possible, why not offer to run errands for them? It can be as simple as picking up groceries, dropping off dry cleaning, and delivering packages. Also look to help seniors who aren’t as mobile and need help on a regular basis.

11) Offer Guided Tours

Do many tourists come to your city in the summer? Why not learn about your local history and offer guided tours? They could be simple walking tours or you could rent a bus to take customers around. People always spend more when they are on vacation so why not take advantage of the opportunity?

12) Cater Parties

Are you handy in the kitchen? Why not create a catering service and offer to supply food for all the summer parties that people hold? If you have a few friends who need some extra cash you can expand by also offering to serve the food in addition to making it.

13) Instructor / Tutor

What are you really good at that you can teach others? Can you help summer students in a particular school subject or teach people how to play the piano? You’ll get to do what you’re good at and love while making money at the same time.

14) Painting Service

Summer painting has paid for many college educations and can help you earn additional income. You’ll need to have some basic painting skills but your startup costs will be minimal. The customer will pay for the paint – you just need the brushes and tools.

 

If you want help getting started, reach out to Jeff. He is an entrepreneur and love helping teens and college students get started running their own business.


Summer Jobs for Teens Harder to Find

Category : Other Stuff

Interesting article about the summer jobs search for teens in Jackson, Michigan where it seems to be harder to get jobs now because of the economy. I think the most important thing to take away from this article is this advice from Michael Neece, chief strategy officer at Pongoresume.com who said that teens tend to limit themselves to just retail and fast-food jobs. He added, more white-collar businesses, such as public relations and architectural firms, are looking for young interns eager to work in the industries.
Neese goes on to say, “Teens are often reluctant to contact these types of firms,” Neece said. “The reality is that they do have the skills. It’s just that they don’t even know they have them.” Neece also suggests young people look outside the local area for seasonal work if possible. They can also look into volunteer work or an unpaid internship to build experience if they cant land a paid job.

“They have more options than they realize,”  Neece said.

… could not have said it better myself, thanks!


Sell Sell Sell

Category : Interviews

In my state-wide standardize testing this week, one prompt was about resume and cover letter writing for teens. Quelle coincidence! This of course was a topic I knew a lot about already, but I was very surprised to see certain wording in the description of the cover letter (CL). The prompt repeatedly said that the CL is a tool to “sell yourself.” Perhaps this is how most people view job applications (and maybe all applications in general) but personally, I find this description a bit disgusting. Selling yourself implies handing yourself over and losing yourself to somebody else. I know that we are capable of filling out an application and writing a CL while maintaining a sense of self. Yes, there are certainly compromises we have to make (like taking down those drinking photos from Facebook), but for the most part, these pieces should be an accurate reflection of yourself. You do want to present yourself in good light, but if this is a job (or college or program or internship) that is really good for YOU then you shouldnt have to compromise yourself to the point of “selling.”