7 Steps to Helping Your Teen Find a Summer Job

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Without experience searching for employment, many teens are overwhelmed by the job searching process. Obtaining a summer job can be particularly tricky, since not every establishment is interested in hiring young people as seasonal workers.

It’s important to take a proactive approach to helping your teen obtain work. A little support and guidance can greatly increase the chances that your teen will land a job this summer.

1. Start Looking Months in Advance

Many teens mistakenly wait until the first week of summer vacation to begin their job search. They don’t realize that the application and hiring process can take weeks. Start looking for a job at least four months in advance to ensure that your teen will be a step ahead of the competition. Many summer jobs are filled by college students returning home for the summer by the beginning of May so it’s important to begin looking well in advance of their arrival.

2. Brainstorm Summer Opportunities

Talk with your teen about possible summer job openings. Discuss what type of job your teen would enjoy most. Would a job on a farm or as a lifeguard work well for your teen? Or is your teen best suited for working in an office setting? Discuss specific industries that are likely to offer seasonal and temporary positions and help your teen discover which opportunities may be the best options.

3. Tell Your Teen to Spread the Word

Word of mouth can be one of the best ways for a teen to get a job.Tell everyone from neighbors to extended family members that your teen is looking for work and the conversation may lead to interesting job leads and new ideas about how to find work. 

4. Look for Jobs in the Newspaper

The local newspaper can still be one of the best ways for teens to learn about which companies are hiring this summer.

Spend some time looking through the classified ads together and talking about whether each job might be an appropriate opportunity. Teens often need help understanding what the various job titles and advertisements means. Use it as an opportunity to discuss career planning as well as an opportunity to talk about qualifications needed for specific jobs.

5. Search for Work Online

There are tons of online databases that can help teens find work. Indeed.com, for example, allows teens to enter the geographical location where they want to work, as well as specific keywords. Using search terms like “seasonal” or “summer” can help a teen find employers who are looking for temporary workers. 

6. Help Your Teen Complete Job Applications

With few skills and little work history, completing a job application can be complicated. Sit down with your teen and discuss how to list relevant skills and how to share prior relevant experience, even if it wasn’t paid. Internships, volunteer work, or even participation in clubs and organizations can be helpful to include on an application.

7. Consider Alternatives to Traditional Employment

Sometimes, for one reason or another, traditional employment can be difficult to find. If your teen isn’t having much success in the job hunt, begin to discuss alternatives. Volunteer work or an internship may be the best ways for your teen to begin gaining experience. A small informal job, like babysitting or lawn mowing, can be another way for teens to earn money.There are also many small businesses teens can start with little or no money.

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