Schools’ Out! It’s the perfect time for teens to earn some cash. Just last year – more than 40% of teens had summer jobs. The first part is getting the job – the second is saving your paychecks.
Waiting tables and housekeeping brought in the most money for teens last summer, there is also the option of negotiating pay at a summer internship.
These are the industries hiring teens (16-19 year olds) the most:
• Leisure and Hospitality (41%)
• Retail (21%)
• Education and Health Services (11%)
• Manufacturing (5%)
Here are some tips to help teens get a job.
Start a Resume – It’s never too early! Even high schoolerswithout formal job experience can impress employers with professional-looking résumés. They can list unpaid internships, extracurricular activities, volunteer stints, and classwork related to the prospective job, says Lindsey Pollak, a career advisor and author of Getting From College to Career.
Use Online Job Sites – LinkedIn and Indeed have proved to be the most effective for teens seeking part time work.
You can use these sites to search for online jobs and easily apply. Another option is to use social media. Let your online network know you’re looking – you never know who may be able to help.
Try Traditional Summer Jobs - Many families are still looking for baby-sitters, dog-sitters/walkers and lawn mowers. There are websites like Care.com that will help you upload babysitting profile and meet new parents.
Try Virtual Work – Are you good with computers? A lot of small businesses seek young professionals to organize their files, send emails and create excel reports. Use the computer skills you learned in school to make some well earned cash.
Get Ready for The Job Interview – Practice makes perfect. Don’t wait until you get the interview to do a trial run. As you hope for the best, find a professional outfit and do a mock up interview with an adult you look up to. Tips: Look the employer in the eye, be enthusiastic, be confident and have a firm handshake.
Once you get the job, because we know you will! (We’re rooting for you) It’s important that you save!! Who wants to work all summer and have nothing to show for it?
A great way to do this – is to have a family member purchase you a copy of It’$ My Money –Vol 1 of the finance guided series. You can send them a link to our site for easy purchase. Read the book on break or add it to your summer reading list to share with your teacher.
Good luck this summer!