It’s summer again! Which means you successfully completed another year of school. Now that you’ll have more free time, it’s probably a good idea to look for a summer job. You’ll have extra money to go out or save and you’ll be able to occupy your time in a productive way. Here are a few tips to help you find a job and what to do once you have one.
First, you’ll have to find a job. While the economy isn’t that great right now, you should still be able to find work for seasonal jobs. From waiting tables for your local restaurant to being a lifeguard for the public pool, there are all kinds of options for teenagers over the summer. Check out craigslist and the local paper for openings. Do you have a favorite store/restaurant? It never hurts to ask if they are looking for part-time work for a few months. Dress professionally and put some time into making your resume. It’s ok if you don’t have any experience, as long as you stress the fact that you’ll work hard and be willing to learn. Tell your friends and family you’re looking for work too. Like most things in life, friends and acquaintances will often be the most effective way of getting ahead.
Once you’ve secured a job, you’ll have a bit of paper work to do. You’ll have to fill out a W-2 form for tax purposes. Be sure to ask for help so you don’t end up owing money next April. From there, you’ll probably have to fill out insurance forms, as well as a contract for employment. It can be tedious and you’ll need your driver’s license and social security card. Have your employer look over everything for any mistakes or issues that may pop up. Some states also require you have get a worker’s permit if your below a certain age (usually 16).
Once the summer is over, you may be offered the option of keeping the job. This can be a tough decision if you’ll be busy with school. Think carefully about how you’ll have to manage your time if you keep the job. If you decide to focus on school, be sure to give your employer at least 2 weeks notice before your last day. You’ll come across as professional and this will help you if you want to work for them next summer or if you need a good reference for any other jobs you apply to.