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Getting a Job as a Teenager

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No matter what your future holds, I’m sure that any and all available futures involve money. With that in mind, getting a job in high school will likely be beneficial to you. It gives you a source of income, and it allows you to practice advertising your strengths and working hard in different environments. Here are a few tips, gathered from various adults and teenagers who have experience in finding jobs.

To start, put together a resume–even if you’ve never had a paying job before. Put down any experiences you’ve had doing work for someone, or any extracurriculars you’ve been in that involve leadership or accomplishing tasks with a deadline. This kind of thing sticks out to potential employers. The overall goal is to prove that you are willing and able to do the work required.

It’s ideal to have a driver’s license. This shows that you can be independent in getting to and from said job. Along these lines, be prepared to show potential employers your social security card or work permit–all that junk that proves that you exist.

Something else to remember: don’t be picky! There’s nothing wrong with working at a fast food joint. If you spend too much time trying to cherry-pick that perfect job, then before long, all the other jobs will be gone.

Once you’ve applied, it’s possible that someone will contact you to set up an interview. On this interview, make sure to look your best. Potential employers want to see that you can be a respectable face of their business. Also be sure to make polite eye contact during the interview, and to anyone relevant if you are hired.

During this entire process, be ready for competition and rejection. There are so many people looking for jobs alongside you, and businesses you apply to work for have no obligation to accept you.  

The whole job-hunting ordeal is easily overbearing, but the overall process and experience is worthwhile. You’ll grow in people skills and work habits. And being able to save up for things or have pocket cash is a definite plus. If you stick to it and work hard, you’ll get where you want to go.

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