Summer is just around the corner and you may be hoping your teenager will put down the controller, hold off on the beach and start looking for a job. While it is mainly their responsibility to do everything they can to get a job, there are a few things you can do to really help throughout their search.
Push them to start today
It’s a pretty common job search mistake to start looking for jobs after school lets out. We’ve found that the majority of employers look to have their summer hires in place by the end of May. In fact, most hiring starts in April! Use this statistic to push your teen if they tell you they want to wait until their summer officially begins.
Review their applications
The number one mistake job seekers make is to have typos on their applications, especially teenagers. We are in a competitive job market, and it’s not always easy to nail down a job. Because of this, job seekers need to do everything they can to make sure they stand out and get noticed. One of the best things they can do is to have an error-free application. Avoid being too pushy, but offer to look over all their apps before they click ‘submit’. This is a simple extra step they can take to make sure their applications aren’t upsetting hiring managers with their lack of review.
Be a teammate
Searching for a job can be frustrating and sometimes even deflating. Turn the job search into a team event. Motivate them when they are starting to slack, boost them when they are so close to the finish line and celebrate with them when they do get a job. They will need you to help pick them up when they are down, and encourage them to keep going.
In addition, when your teen lands a job interview, help them practice. Interviews can be intimidating, especially if they’ve never had an interview before. One of the best things you can do is to prepare for common job interview questions. This will help give them confidence for the interview and help them know what to expect.
Use your connections
You probably have a bigger network than your teen does. Tell your friends/coworkers/family/neighbors that your teenager is looking for a job. They may know of someone who needs help that you weren’t aware of. People actually do like to help out friends, so give them a mission of helping your teen land a job.
Be patient, but be persistent while pushing your teenager to find a job. It’s not the easiest job market, but if you both work for it, a job will come their way. Have any questions about the summer job search? Ask below!