So, I did another workshop for my teens last night, and this time the topic was how to get a job. 15 kids showed up and while I’ll admit it was a struggle because they were even more rambunctious than usual, I feel pretty good about the outcome. 4 kids even asked me at the end for my full notes to take home, and one of them had brought copies of the resume we made together a couple of weeks ago to show the group.
In case anyone else wants to do a similar presentation (or if you’re a teen yourself, looking for some tips!), here’s everything I’ve got to say on the subject.
Before I get to my notes, I have to give major props to The Balance for having by far the most comprehensive website on the matter of helping teens apply for/get jobs, write their resumes and cover letters, even how best to ask someone to be a professional reference. So kudos to y’all, guys. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.
Before You Start Looking for a Job
Think about what you’d like to do and explore your options
- Like animals? Check with vets and shelters
- Like children? Check with the YMCA or the library or after-school child care providers or summer camps
- Restaurants (bussers, dishwashers, hosts, servers) and fast food joints
- Amusement parks
- Recreation Departments and summer camps
- Make sure that what you’ve put online is not traceable
- Clean up your Instagram, your Youtube, your Facebook, everything
- Employers do look, and it can make a huge difference