Teenage job search

If you are a teenager hunting for jobs, there's a fair amount of decision making to be done. So here is a complete guideline of dos and don'ts that will help you along the way to get in to best possible job.

  • The first step is to understand your capabilities and your likes and dislikes.
  • As the second step, explore the options that may suit you.
  • The third option is to decide on the type of job that you may like to be in given that you have the capabilities and passion for it.

If you have the above three steps sorted, you have completed the foremost important task.

  • As the fourth step, you will need to find out labor policies concerning teens in the state where you live. If it is a state requirement, you should obtain work papers in order to find a legal job.
  • Having sorted the work papers, now its time for you to learn how to fill out an application form and how to write a resume.

Once you have all relevant documents ready, it is time to start your Teenage job search.

  • Your School or CollegeThis is the first place you should start looking at because some schools and colleges offer plenty of job opportunities for their own students. The advantage of getting in to an on-the-school job is that you are already familiar with the environment and people, you may have some knowledge about how things work around in the school and it saves travel time which may consume a lot of your time, otherwise.
  • NetworkingThe easiest and the most reliable way to get in to a job is through personal contacts. So if you know someone who worked for the town pizza parlor or video club last summer, give them a shout out and ask if they can be of help to introduce you to their employers. Talk to your parents, aunts and uncles, teachers and other adults you may know and tell them you are looking for a job. This method is not an assurance of getting employed but it surely is a way of getting the opportunity to be called in for an interview.
  • CallingIf you know a company or two that have employed teenagers in the past that has a good reputation, turn the pages in your directory and find their number. You make a few casual calls to the relevant company's Human Resources divisions to inquire if they have any vacant positions. This method works best for companies located in the same town where you live.
  • Newspaper classifieds This is the most popular way of looking for jobs. Newspaper classifieds will have different types of job vacancies listed out. So it is just a matter of reading through to understand what fits you at best before dispatching your resume.
  • Recruitment Agencies This is probably one of the safest ways to get in to a decent job. However, applying for a job through an agency may cost you a portion of your hard earned money at the end of the day!