As summer breaks creeps closer, many parents may start thinking about what their teenagers may be doing this summer. In years past it was easy for teens to head over to the closest fast food establishment, fill out an application and start working the next day. Guess what? Times have changed.
The jobs that were usually filled by entry level high school students are now filled with the laid off, professional middle class. What that means to your teeanger is that not only is there less opportunity for employment, but that there is lots more competition! I am going to list some employment tips that you may want to share with the teenagers in your life:
Tips for teen job seekers
Network with your parent's friends! Networking -- talking -- with as many adults (family, friends, neighborhoods, etc.) as you can is the best way to look for opportunities and find a job.
You thought school was over? Think again. Now is the time to learn all you need about resume writing, networking and job hunting because it's going to be harder than ever before to get a job.
How's your spelling and grammar? Better brush up. Take the time to neatly and accurately fill out a job application or update your resume.
Put away those short skirts and thrift-store clothes. When you talk with potential employers, you need to dress your best and look professional, not like you're going on a date or lounging around the house. Learn how to dress for success.
Turn off the television or video games and hit the street. A good way to look for summer jobs is going to the human resources department or speaking with managers of as many stores and offices in your town. Dress professionally and bring lots of copies of your resume.
Thought you were done competing with your older siblings? Nope! Teens are being squeezed out of traditional jobs this summer as more experienced workers are forced to take whatever jobs they can find.
If you love the outdoors, you may have better luck. As summer tourism picks up, there will be jobs in water parks, camps, and other hospitality-related companies and organizations.
Love the 'Net? Then use it -- to a point.. There are a number of teen summer job and camp job posting websites, but don't make this method your sole method of job-hunting.
No matter how bad it gets, keep smiling. Studies show employers look for these things in teens: enthusiasm, positive attitude, hard working, friendly and on time.
If you have a teenager who would like to create a resume but does not have any idea where to start, or maybe they have a resume but would like an outsider's opinion, please pass my name on - I'd be happy to help!
Winchester Workforce Connection Workshop Schedule for April 24, 2011
April 24 @ 9 a.m. - "Mastering the Electronic Job Search: Reasons to Use the Internet, Online Resumes, Job Search Engines, Networking Sites & More" and "The Mature Job Seeker" -- If you feel your age is working against your re-employment efforts; you need to attend this workshop!