In a few weeks my 10th grader will be home for the summer. Times are tough. Jobs are hard to find. How can my teenager get a summer job? What tips do you have for him? HELP!
Oh yes. Summer is a challenge. It is a fun time. It can also be a time when bored kids get into trouble. Avoid trouble. Get a summer job.
Summer jobs for teenagers are far and few. Especially this year but there are opportunities. Teens will get hired because businesses continue to operate and often increase services in the summer. Give it a good try. Be assertive and persistent.
Follow These Tips
* Plan ahead.
Jobs are tough to find. Be aggressive. If you don’t ask, nothing will happen. Have a thick skin. Be brave. Talk to people. Ask people upfront. Start early. Don’t be shy. If people know you want a job, more possibilities will happen.
* Your school is the best resource.
The senior and college counselor usually have a list of jobs available. Talk to them. Ask about different jobs, internships, and other options.
* Check with city hall, town hall – government offices where you live.
In San Francisco, there is the MYEEP Program. It’s the Mayor’s Youth Educational Employment Program where kids file applications at the Mayor’s office and various organizations who work through this office will hire youth. Other cities have similar programs.
* Visit neighborhood business owners.
It doesn’t hurt to stop in the corner market, clothing store, and ask about jobs. Tell them you live in the neighborhood. Even if positions are not open yet. A position may open soon. Prepare an informal write up about yourself. Your strengths and hobbies. Include a recommendation from a teacher or counselor. With contact information and a picture of yourself. A resume but more informal. A way for owners to remember you and contact you. Be creative.
* Start your own business.
Summer is a great time for part time and temporary jobs. Think what is needed in your neighborhood. Families often want help with gardening, newspaper delivery, yard clean up, tutoring, babysitting. Remember if you are home during the summer, other kids are also home and may need help or supervision.
* Ask friends, family members.
It never hurts to mention to family and friends that you are looking for a job. You may be the perfect person to help with a family business. Perhaps a friend wasn’t thinking of hiring someone until they thought of you.
* Take advantage of the Internet.
There are many opportunities on the Internet. Everything from web design, blogs, proof reading, video games to data entry. Go online and start searching.
* Barter with someone.
Exchange your expertise for something you want. Yes, it’s not additional money but it saves you money. You always wanted to learn Spanish. And your Spanish speaking friend needs help with a subject you excel in. It’s a match!
Volunteering brings new opportunities. Companies get to see you in action and will think of you if something opens up.
* Don’t get discouraged.
Follow the tips. Beat the odds and crowds. Get a summer job. Come out a winner. A job is waiting for you. It is just a matter of reaching out to get it!