teen jobs

For many adults out there, teen jobs may look like menial work. But the truth is teen jobs are the most important as it is the point from which individuals enter the job market to gain industrial exposure.

Things to Know Before Finding a Teen Job

There are child labor laws that apply to working teens. So it is important that you understand the restrictions before you look for a job.

  • Every teen that is recruited for non-agricultural purposes (non-farming) should be over 14 years of age.
  • If you are 14 or 15 years of age, the maximum number of hours you can work during the school year is 18 hours per week (3 hours per day).
  • During the scholastic year your working times should not be later than 7 P.M.
  • During summer vacation, you are eligible to work for 8 hours a day with a total of up to 40 hours a week.
  • Between June 1st and Labor day, you cannot work beyond 9 P.M.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years of age, there are no hour restrictions applying for your job
  • However, if you are under 18 years of age, you cannot involve in jobs which are categorized as Hazardous by the Labor Department.
  • In certain States, you may want to obtain work permits known as employment/age certificates before you could become employed. You can request for more information on work permits from your school or State Department of Labor.

What to Do Next

As you may well assume, getting in to a teen job might not be a walk in the park. So here are some tips to make the journey easy for you.

  • Come Up With A Good Resume. Make sure to keep it concise while including all important points. Don't ever lie on your resume because if you do, it will go against you. Remember to include all your honest goals and promote your best skills and talents. Don't forget to make a humble request to your teachers or previous employers to act as references, should your potential employers need any clarification about you.
  • Finding Potential Employers Many people are put off by this tedious task. However, finding a teen job is not impossible. Talk to your school administration to see if they have vacant positions. Newspaper classifieds are also another good option. Sometimes, volunteer work can lead in to paid jobs, so keep an eye open for those opportunities as well.
  • Take Charge Take responsibility and try your level best to find a job. Some people just wait until job opportunities fall from the sky. It is a grave mistake. Take charge and chase after your goal. Always follow up on your job application, unless otherwise the employer has specifically requested you not to. Finding a teen job will not be too difficult if you put your heart and soul to it. So try, try and one day you will fly!