Job Finding Tips for High School Kids

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Summer and the holidays just aren't as much fun without a decent part time job. Yet, a lot of today's jobs are harder to find. High school kids looking for summer work will have to diversify their efforts a little to snag that job. Here are some tips to help you get started:

-Get Your Work Permit - Some states require that teens get work permits demonstrating that they are healthy and have their parent's permission to get a job. If your state requires this make sure you get those papers now rather than later. If your potential boss has the option of hiring a teen with papers compared to someone who hasn't got them in order yet they'll hire the person with a permit.

-Go Online - Many employers require electronic job applications anyway and there are plenty of job listing websites for you to peruse. Consider visiting online job sites to apply for easy summer jobs. Many sites will record all of your job application information so you only need to hit apply for the jobs you are interested in.

-Go Away for the Summer - If possible get a job with one of the amusement parks or summer camps in your state. These parks are large, have lots of visitors and literally need thousands of people to maintain the facility. The larger parks will have small apartments set up for employees to stay on site and they'll let you visit the park for free.

-Start Looking Early - Many kids make the mistake of waiting until after school lets out to start applying for jobs. They'll all be filled by then. Make sure you start looking in April or May, even if you'll have to delay starting work until school lets out. At least you'll have the job lined up while others are just starting to look.

-Check with the School Guidance Counselor - The counselor will probably have some information on which companies locally are looking for employees. It never hurts to stop in at the counselor's office to see what they can do to help you secure work for the summer. Counselors are also good for helping you practice job interviews and putting together a resume.

-If all else fails, Volunteer - Don't knock volunteer work. It's a good way to spend your time, learn about something new, usually it's something you are interested in, and helps you build a network. Some volunteer jobs can also pan out to an actual job offer the next summer. It's also good to put on the resume. Local animal shelters, city parks and recreation centers, hospices and hospitals are always looking for volunteers.

Finding work for the summer isn't impossible. Just keep submitting those applications and making follow up calls. Remember to use the internet to search for potential work too and those local amusement parks are filled with lots of jobs. If work is slow in coming, a little volunteer work can help you secure good references, more skills and a potential job offer in the future.


Ricky Dean is a professional article writer for Dinosauric.com. For more job finding tips, visit www.dinosauric.com/employment-and-jobs/finding-job.

 

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