Are you a high school student, otherwise known as a teenager or a youth, who is actively looking for a part-time job? If so, please keep reading on for some helpful advice that can improve your searching success.
Youth Job Search Advice Tip #1: Check the Age Requirements
You will find a wide range of variances when it comes to companies that hire youth. For example, most companies begin to hire teenagers when they are 16 years of age. Some companies prefer to wait until job seekers are 18 years of age before being hired. On that same note, there are a limited number of jobs for 15 year olds (supermarkets are well-known hirers).
For that reason, you will want to be sure you meet the company’s age restriction before you get excited about the prospect of obtaining the job. Most job listings will contain this important information.
Youth Job Search Advice Tip #2: High School or GED Required Doesn’t Eliminate You If You Are Still in School
So you find a job listing online for a retail store cashier at your favorite clothing store in the mall. That job listing says you must be 16 years of age (which you are), but it also stated that a high school degree or GED is required. But wait! You are only 16 years old and haven’t graduated high school yet. Are you out of the running? No. If the job listings states that you can apply for the job as a teenager or youth, go right ahead and do so. Although you haven’t officially graduated from high school yet, you are in the process of obtaining that all-important and often required degree.
Youth Job Search Advice Tip #3: A Job with Flexibility Is Best
If you are a high school student, you need to ensure that most of your attention is placed on graduating from high school with good grades. For that reason, it is important and recommended that you find a part-time job that has flexible hours. Basically, you aren’t going to spend every waking hour that you aren’t in school working. There are a wide range of jobs perfect for you. Many are in the retail or food industry, as these industries are well-known for providing students with flexible work schedules.
Regardless, it is important that you list your hours of availability accurately on your resume. Outright state the days you want to work and the times that you can (after school).
Youth Job Search Advice Tip #4: Include School Activities, Volunteer Work, and More on Your Resume
It is always a good idea to submit a resume when applying for jobs, even part-time jobs. With that said, even if you decide to only fill out the company’s standard application, take advantage of your school activities, volunteer work, sports programs, and more. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you are likely applying for your first or second job. This means you have little to no work experience. To compensate for this lack of experience, include advanced courses you are taking at school or a community college, volunteer work you have performed, extra curricular activities at school, and so forth.