In this weakening economy and tightening job market, teens are finding it even harder to find after-school jobs. To help their peers, the teenage job experts at myfirstpaycheck.com (which provides employment help and jobs for teens) put together five tips to make the job search a little easier.
1. Be Brave. Even in this economy, there are plenty of employers out there looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that teenagers provide, but you have to go out and ask for it. Don't let yourself be discouraged by news of the economy, and don't be afraid to apply for jobs.
2. Be Prepared. Bring a resume and a cover letter whenever you apply for a job. Teens are now competing for jobs with adults and having a well-written resume is essential. It shows that you are serious about the position, and that you are mature and responsible. If you need help writing a resume, myfirstpaycheck.com provides a dynamic free resume builder for teens that is very helpful.
3. Be Polite. You are applying for a job; dress up, make eye contact, shake hands, and avoid using slang. First impressions matter - they are your chance to prove that you will be a good hire - take advantage of the opportunity.
4. Be Persistent. Persistence pays off; send a thank you note to interviewers, follow-up if you do not hear about the job after a week, and keep applying.
5. Be Creative. Look for work in places other than the mall. The weakening economy means that people are going to be looking to cut costs in areas such as lawn and child care. Get a few friends together and start a landscaping or a babysitting business.
Learning how to apply for jobs isn't something we always learn in school, but it's an important skill. It's especially important as a teen competing with adults for jobs to make a good first impression, and Myfirstpaycheck.com can help.