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Teen Job Search Guide

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Information for teens on how to find a job, where to get working papers, where teens can work, what to wear for an interview, and how to obtain references.

How to Find a Job
How to find a first (or second) job, including exploring job options, job applications, writing a resume, and job search tips and suggestions.

When and Where Teens Can Work
Here are the child labor law regulations which determine when and where a teen can work.

Working Papers
In some states, if you're under eighteen, you may need to obtain working papers (officially called Employment / Age Certificates) in order to legally be able to work. The best place to find out if you need working papers is your school guidance office.

Teen Job Sites
Part-time jobs, summer jobs, internships, and job search resources for teens and young adults.

Teen Resumes and Letters
These sample resumes, cover letters and reference letters are specifically for students seeking employment.

Teen Resume Writing Tips
Many teen job seekers think they don;t need a resume or don't have anything to include on a resume. That's not the case. Even though a resume isn;t required for a lot of teen jobs, a resume can bolster your chances of getting hired.

Teen Job Search Videos
Regardless of how old you are and whether or not you have job searched before, it's important to make a good impression both with your resume and when you're interviewing. Our videos for teen job seekers will show you what you should and should not do during the interview and teach you how to write a resume that will impress the hiring manager, even if it's your first try at creating a resume.

What to Wear on an Interview
Applying for a part-time teen job is a little different from applying for a full-time professional position. Dress should be, at the least, neat and tidy. Business casual is usually appropriate.

What Not to Wear on a Teen Job Interview
Unfortunately, the clothes you might wear everyday to the mall, or out with friends, usually aren't suitable for an interview. To show you what should be avoided on an interview, here are examples of what NOT to wear on a job interview.

Teen Interview Questions and Answers
It's important for teen job seekers to prepare for a job interview. One good way to do that is to review the typical interview questions and answers you will most likely be asked. Also review sample answers to these typical interview questions teens are asked.

Teen Interview Tips
The key to successful teen interviewing is to do exactly what a professional candidate for employment would do. That's the best way to make a positive impression on a prospective employer and to enhance your chances of the getting the job.

Job Applications
This guide to job applications explains how to complete a job application, reviews paper employment applications, online and employer direct applications and includes a job application sample to download, so you will know what you need to know when applying.

Reference Letters
When you don't have much, or any, work experience using a character reference (personal reference) in addition to or as an alternative to employment reference letters. Review a sample reference letter written just for a student as well as a letter written by a teacher.

Teen Job Search Tips
Advice and suggestions for teens on how to find a job.

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