As a teenager, you may not be so eager about getting a part time job. Numerous teens are informed by their parents to get work once they strike that driving age. Car insurance and gas is not cheap. The caveat is that the job market for teens is weak because jobs that used to be for teens are now being filled by displaced adult workers. Employers will always favor an experienced adult over a kid, especially, if the kid is only 16. However, with some diligence, a teen can find opportunities at grocery stores, babysitting, movie theaters and fast food restaurants. First you need to know where to look.
One place to start a job search is online. There are websites just like ours, Teen Career Center, that cater specifically to young people and part time jobs. These useful sites offer a number of amazing chances for teens. Craigslist often has job openings posted by small businesses. Besides the online job boards, check with your school guidance counselor. He or she will have contacts in the community. Also scour Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Another opportunity that is overlooked is with the city or county government. Oftentimes local government has youth programs that place young people into community jobs.
You can always go door to door and pick up applications, although this is not the most effective way to get a job. The most effective way is to know someone who works there and use them to get an interview.
Where to Work
Being employed as a teenager does not need to be all about KFC and McDonald’s. Consider a relaxing job functioning under the sun at a theme park or being a lifeguard at a pool. There are more ways to make money than you think. If you like the outdoors, check with camps, parks, golf courses, ski resorts, and amusement parks.
If you really cannot secure paid employment, think about volunteering or interning to gain some experience for your resume.
Prepare a Resume
With regard to your resume, make sure you have one! As a teenager, you need every advantage you can get. You may not have any work experience, but you can put together an impressive skills and educational resume wherein you highlight the things you have learned through school activities and classes. If you participated in sports, you can mention your team and leadership skills. This also applies to theater, church and volunteer jobs.
Don’t Give Up
If you continually, let people around you know that you are looking for a job, they will spread the word. Generally speaking, most people want to help and will keep their ears and eyes open for opportunities for you. In the meanwhile, continue to hone your skills and gather any type of work experience that you can.