Before You Apply
- Look for a job that interests you but don’t be too picky. Is your goal to gain experience in a certain field or is it to make money? Either one is fine; just know what your purpose is.
- Start looking for a job early. Avoid the rush of teen job seekers when school gets out. Let your boss know during the interview that you can work weekends until school gets out.
- Let people know that you are looking for a job. Tell your friends, teachers, your parents’ friends, and neighbors! It’s called networking!
The Application and the Interview
- Be professional. Make sure your application doesn’t have any grammatical mistakes. Also, make sure that your voice mail message is appropriate for a potential boss.
- Dress nicely for your interview, even if you are applying to a casual place.
- Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early for your interview.
- During the interview and on the job, be personable. Smile, make eye contact and have a firm handshake. Use your manners --- please, thank you, sir and ma’am go a long way.
- Be prepared to answer basic questions during the interview.
- Why do you want to work here?
- How many hours are you available to work?
- Why would you be a good addition to the team?
- What skills do you have for this job?
- Have a few questions ready to ask your interviewer.
- What would be my main responsibilities with this job?
- What does it pay?
- If I get the job, when would you need me to start?
- Is there anything I can do ahead of time to prepare me for the job?
- When will you be making a decision about the job?
- Say "Thank you." At the end of the interview, thank them for taking the time to talk with you.
I’ll keep you all updated on the Whitlock’s quest for summer jobs. Like I said before, it should be an exciting ride!
What job seeking tips do you have for teens?