If you’re trying to find a company that offers part time jobs for teens, you are likely working to save up for a specific item (such as a car), for extra spending cash, or to set aside money for your college education. When looking for a job as a teenager, keep these ideas in mind as you initiate your job search:
Don’t forget school
If you are over 16, limit the number of hours you work per week so you can keep up in school. (State and federal laws restrict the number of hours teens under 16 can work a week.)
Don’t understate your availability
Saying you “can’t work Friday nights” because you don’t feel like it it’s a surefire way to not get hired – availability is one for the first things employers look at, and if you refuse to work weekends because you want to hang out with your friends, your chances of getting hired are slim to none.
Location, location, location
If possible, find a job close to your home so you or your parents aren’t driving long distances. This will also help you be on time to your job.
Resumes (make one)
Get a simple resume together. Simple is fine, you aren’t expected to have a ton of experience at 16, but include any side jobs like lawn care and babysitting that you’ve done, and ask those employers for references if possible. Volunteer work is a major plus on resumes too.
You want to stay at your first job for at least 4-6 months, less and you probably don’t want to include it on your next resume because you look like an employee who won’t stick around. So don’t feel pressured to accept a job you don’t want – don’t be too picky (it’s an entry level job after all) but make sure you go for jobs that you can stick with for awhile.