Updated: Mar 25
If you’re a teen looking to make some extra money, a part-time job may be the perfect fit for you. With a part-time job, you can gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, and make money to save for college or other future expenses. Here’s what you need to know about finding and applying for a part-time job as a teen.
Step 1: Decide What Type of Job You Want
The first step in applying for a part-time job is deciding what kind of job you want. Think about what skills you have and what type of work you’d be interested in. Do you have a knack for customer service and think you’d be successful in a retail environment? Are you looking for a job in the food industry? Or, do you want to find a job that is more related to your hobbies or interests? Once you have an idea of what type of job you’re looking for, you can start your search.
Step 2: Find Job Listings
Once you know what type of job you’re looking for, it’s time to start your search. There are several places you can look for part-time job listings, including online job boards, local newspapers, and even your own community. If you know someone who works at a company you’re interested in, ask them if they know of any openings. Additionally, you can also check with your local employment office or job center for listings.
Alternatively, you can always try walking down a busy street in your city or town and seeing what places seem like they need help. Especially small business owners will love the initiative of a teen who walks in, makes an introduction, and expresses interest.
Step 3: Write a Resume
When applying for a part-time job, you’ll need to create a resume. Even if you don’t have much work experience, you can still include volunteer and extracurricular activities that are relevant to the position. When writing your resume, be sure to include your contact information, education, and skills. Also, make sure to proofread it for any spelling or grammar errors.
Tip: If you’re low on experiences, you can add high-personality sections like “favorite books” and “three things to know about me.” Your personality is, actually, a qualification for most of these jobs.
Step 4: Submit Your Application
Once you’ve found a job listing that you’re interested in and have written your resume, it’s time to submit your application. Depending on the job, you may need to fill out an application or submit your resume and cover letter. Or, this may look like handing your resume or cover letter to someone in person. Make sure to follow instructions and meet deadlines.
Step 5: Prepare for the Interview
Once you’ve submitted your application, you may be asked to come in for an interview. Before the interview, take some time to research the company, dress appropriately, and practice answering common interview questions. During the interview, be sure to answer questions honestly and to ask any questions you may have about the job. You want to share your availability and get clarity on the employer’s expectations.
By following these steps, you can begin your search for a part-time job. With the right job, you can gain valuable work experience and make money while you’re still in school!
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Robert Powers (M.A. Johns Hopkins) is the college consultant at College Torch. He is an expert in colleges and the college admissions process. Parents, join his private Facebook group for Parents of College-Bound Students.