Best ways for teenagers to find jobs and to get them
The process of finding jobs for teenagers can be easy or can be a long and arduous process. We have identified some of the best ways to get jobs and some other creative ways which may work to get you that income you are looking for.
Top 8 job hunting tips for teenagers
1. Ask your parents and extended family
Ask your parents or your relatives help you get a job where they work. Try nagging your parents enough so that they put in a word for you! Very often, the easiest way to secure jobs for teenagers is to network around.
2. Ask your parents’ friends and social circle
In other words, do some networking. Find out if any of your parents’ social circle may be willing to hire a teen for any odd jobs. Your parents can help you make some inquiries as well.
3. Check out your local area
Many local businesses like to employ teenagers who live in the local area. They may have seen you around their stores before or they may be familiar with the school you go to and know the students at that school. They may even have children attending the same school as you.
4. Check out your local healthcare service providers
Many hospitals, nursing homes and retirement homes often employ teenagers and entry level jobs in these places do not require experience. Perfect for teenagers.
5. Do not be too choosy with your applications
Make a list of all potential sources of employment you can think of including what we have said above:
- your parents and relatives
- your parents’ social circle
- job hunting websites
- freelance websites
- university and college websites
- websites of local businesses near where you live (e.g. sports club, golf club, YMCA)
- local paper classified ads
- advertisements posted on storefronts
Once you have made the list, make another list. This time, your list should include all job positions which are open to high school students or teenagers. Out of this list, pick the jobs which are suitable for you based on the following:
- Jobs you can commit to – for example, there is no point applying for jobs that require you to work during school hours.
- Jobs that do not require you to do anything illegal.
- Jobs that do not require you to work too far away so that it will take you hours to get there!
- Jobs that pay at least a minimum wage. This depends though. If your parents or any of their friends offer you a job, they may offer to pay you very little for the amount of work you need to do. It is up to you to negotiate for a better rate!
- Jobs with companies, organizations and businesses that are reputable. Ask for your parents’ help on this. If you are in the US, look at the Better Business Bureau website for business ratings and complaints. For more information on companies, organizations and businesses for both US and other countries, find out more in our Job Search Resources section.
If you are applying for an online or freelance job, be sure to look at our Guide to Getting Good Online Jobs for Teenagers. It contains some other important information and advice for getting online jobs.
Select at least 20 suitable jobs and apply to all of them. If you can only find 10 this time round, wait for a week and look for 10 more.
6. Start early
If you are looking for a summer job, make your move at at least 3 months before the school year ends. Many employers get flooded with last minute applications from students at the start of the summer holidays. As a result, they may not even be bothered to look at your application, let alone process it. Some employers may even have selected applicants for the summer already.
7. Persistence works
If no one gets back to you, call them to find out more about where your application went and the name of a person you can follow up with.
8. Do not get discouraged
Finally, do not get discouraged. If you get 20 rejections, make 20 more applications. Be smart though. Is there any way for you to improve your chances of acceptance? Is your resume good, is your cover letter appropriate? Remember that both your resume and the cover letter are marketing tools for you to use to show off your skills and achievements.