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Jobs for High School Students

Job Opportunities for High School Students


When you are in high school finding a job can be a challenge, especially if you haven't worked before. Here's information on jobs for high school students including the types of jobs that are available, how to find and apply for jobs, how to write a resume, sample resumes and cover letters, and job search advice and tips for students.

How to Find a Job

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Whether you're looking for your first job, or you have already worked a little, you'll need to start your job search by gathering some information together. Here's the information you'll need to job search, plus advice on the best jobs for teens and where to find them.

Job Search Tips for High School Students

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When you're in high school it can be difficult to find a job. You may not have much, or any, formal work experience and there aren't many jobs available for teenagers.

However, if you're a high school student looking for a job, there are things you can do to help yourself get hired and help get your application noticed - even if you haven't worked before. These job search tips for high school students will help you get your job search started.

Where to Find High School Jobs

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Your High School Guidance Office is a good source of job listings and job search help. Before you start your job search, check to see what resources are available to help students find jobs. Also check your local newspaper. Job listings should be available online. Many students find jobs, as well, by checking for help wanted signs in store windows in town or at the mall.


In addition to using local resources, job search online by using the sites that focus on teenagers and students. Here are the best job sites for teens, plus tips for searching them.

Resume Writing for HS Students

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You might be wondering if high school students even need to create a resume. It does depend on the type of job which you are targeting.

Here's resume writing advice for high school students, including when you need a resume and what to include on your resume, plus samples.

High School Resume Examples

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Review these high school resume examples to get ideas for your own resume, then use a resume template to create your own resume. Examples include resumes for your first job, high school student and graduate resumes and summer job resumes.

Tips for Writing a High School Resume (Video)

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If you are a teenager on the hunt for a job, you will need a great resume, even if you don't have any work experience. See how to write a teen resume that will land you a great job including what to include on your resume and how to format it.

What to Wear to an Interview

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When you're a student, it's important to look well-dressed and put together even if you're interviewing for a casual job. Clothing should be in good condition, wrinkle-free and of course, work-place appropriate. Here's what to wear to a job interview for high school students.

Job Interview Tips for Teens (Video)

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For any job interview, it's important to impress the interviewer from the moment you arrive. Learn what you should and should not do during a job interview so you can avoid embarrassing mistakes and impress the interviewer from the time you arrive until the time your interview is over.

What to Wear to a Job Interview (Video)

What you wear to a job interview can either help you stand out and win a position, or destroy your chances of employment altogether. See our tips for what attire teens should wear when going to a job interview.

How to Apply for Jobs In Person

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Many jobs that are available to high school students require applicants to apply online. That's especially the case with small local organizations.


Before you apply for a job in person, it's important to know what you need to bring when you apply in person for jobs, the information you'll need to complete a job application, how to prepare for an on the spot interview, and how to follow up after you have applied for jobs.

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