By Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea
Teens who are of working age should try to obtain paid employment if possible during the summer. Working can build self-esteem and teach teens responsibility, work ethic, tolerance, money and time management, etc.
Here are 15 tips for teens looking for summer employment:
- Apply for jobs that suit the way your brain works – if you have a terrible short term memory, a sub shop might not be the best fit for you. Landscaping might be an option.
- Be wary of jobs that have constant temptation – if you love chocolate and could literally eat it all day every day, a candy store might not be the best choice. Maybe a clothing store would be less tempting.
- Consider how much movement you need – if you need frequent movement breaks during the school year, watch out of jobs where you sit all day such as a receptionist.
- Check feasibility – consider your schedule and your ability to get a ride to and from your job. Make sure that your family isn’t doing a lot of trips if you’re trying to get a job.
- Prepare for what you might be asked in an interview – practice prior to your interview.
- Think of the key thing you want them to know about you – think of this ahead of time so you don’t have to come up with it at the moment the question is asked.
- Things NOT to ask about– money or time off.
- Dress for success – even if you’re overdressed, that’s okay.
- Filter your thoughts – this can be really hard, especially if you’re nervous. Take your meds if you use them before an interview.
- Don’t “gush” – even if you love the job or the interviewer and really want to learn from them, resist the urge to “gush” on them.
- Names matter – do not call the interviewer by the wrong name.
- Handshakes matter – strong, couple of pumps, don’t mention sweaty hands even if you have them.
- Don’t say anything gross – see above example about sweaty hands
- Be ready to work – hard. No complaining and no push back.
- Deal with injustices with grace – don’t be the one who loses it if things seem unfair. Calmly discuss issues when things go wrong.