At some time from the age of 13 or 14 many children realize either through there own desire or the desire pushed on them that they want to get more money to buy the things that they want. It is this point that they realize pocket money just isnt going to cut it for them.

So it is time to go and get a job, the only problem is how on earth do you do this. How to dress, where to go, what to take, it all matter but what does any of it mean.

Looking For the Opportunity

For someone young there are often many opportunities around. For the most part they will be advertised in store windows, or cafe's. You may find some in your local paper in the classified section though many places looking to hire young people will have more then enough people asking in person to not have a need to advertise.

To be honest for the most part the work will not be pretty or glamourous. There could be stacking shelves, cleaning dishes, kitchen hand, or any number of other jobs. The reality is that given the hours you are able to work (often after school, or weekends only) there is really only a limited number of jobs that are needed in these hours. With many of the what appears to be better jobs going to people older and more experienced.

Your Resume

When you are 14 and applying for your first job there is really very little expectation's in a resume, and to be honest it is not even really a resume, but more a contact sheet. So what really do you need to include.

  • Your Name and Contact Information - This is the most important, there is no point taking a resume into a business if it does not have at a minimum your name and a contact phone number. You can also include your address if you like.
  • School - Including information about the school and grade you are in, can show the potential employer that you are attending school, and that you find this important.
  • Referee - Having a family friend or someone that can vouch for you that you are punctual and can do what is needed in tasks is a good idea. Although for the most part this may end up being based on something very different to what you will be doing.
  • Your Availability - One thing many people fail to include is what hours they are available to work. This is something that almost no one includes, but many employers need to know. So putting the correct information here is important. If you are attending school, and the employer is looking for someone to work during the day at week, there is no point saying you are available just to get the job, and then not turn up. This will only leave you looking bad in the eyes of the employer.

All up your resume at this point should not exceed one single page. If you have had a job before it probably should still fit to one page, at this point. At the end of the day, when you are young, and never worked before no one will expect you to have an out standing resume, but including some basic details will really help you.


How To Present Yourself

While a resume is important to provide a point of reference for the potential employer. How you present yourself when taking the resume to them is even more important. There are a few simple points that you need to remember,

  • Dress Neatly - At 14 nobody is going to expect you to be dressed in a Suit. Being dress neatly, is really all you need. For the guys, a pair of jeans and a plain shirt. For the girls, slacks or a skirt, with a plain blouse. Try and dress respectibly, looking like you are going to the beach or have been rolling around in the dirst is not a good look.
  • Clean appearance - Shower before going to see potential employers, and comb your hair. The last thing someone in a cafe looking to employ a person wants to see is someone with dirty hands.
  • Walking - When you enter and exit the potential employer, maintain a walking pace. Avoid the erge to run, as this can leave you out of breath when you first walk in. Or it can give a bad appearance when leaving.
  • Be Patient - The worst thing I have seen young people do is walk into a cafe, ask if there is any positions to the manager, and before the manager has hardly taken the resume, they have run out. Being patient can be your biggest asset here. If you hand the resume you could get many different responses, but you will know if they have any questions, or if they are even looking at the moment, and the potential best which could happen is they might have a position and want to interview you right away. So being patient can be a potential asset here.

Really just going with a little common sense here will be a big step forward.

Why Bother With The Job

You may be wondering why even bother with a job. It doesnt pay much and it means you have to do this hard work. Well there are some benefits, most of them though are the lesson's that you will learn as part of working. Things like, how to deal with difficult people, how to speak to customers, and there are even potential skills to lean (for example as a kitchen hand you may like the idea of becoming a Chef).

At the end of the day it is primarily due to the money that you will be looking for a job, however take the life experience as an added bonus as well.