Today's economy makes finding summer jobs for teens a true challenge. But, for those who really want to work, there are summer jobs to be had.
Things You Will NeedNewspaper
Access to Counselors and Church Officials
Heart, Drive, Determination, and a Never-Say-Die Attitude
Step 1Start with your local newspaper.
In part due to easy access to online job search sites the newspaper is often overlooked. But, the "help wanted" ads for entry level work are still found in the local paper. Some places that normally hire for the summer are restaurants, fast food, grocery stores, and the local mall.
Step 2Talk to your school counselor or principal or principal.
Most school counselors can help you with applications if your idea of a "summer job" is working with other kids at summer camps for teens. If you are a college student your counselors will be able to assist you in searching out local summer internships in your field of study. And, your counselor likely has contacts "downtown" that can possibly point you towards employment within the city our county for the summer.
Step 3Talk to your church officials.
Your minister is similar to the school counselor in a lot of respects. But, he or she will also know what is going on with the personal plans of many members of the congregation. Good leads for summer day jobs at the church or local employment office can often be had. Churches also run summer long activity camps and you could be a helper or counselor.
Step 4Take out a "position wanted" ad in the local newspaper.
When all else seems to not work, advertise yourself. "Motivated, Responsible, and Honest Teenager looking for summer work." is a quick starter. The key to the ad is to emphasize your positive character traits, your willingness to work, and your flexibility for the summer. You might be surprised at how well your ad is received.
Step 5Start your own summertime business.
Maybe an entry level job isn't what you are looking for. Maybe the minister/counselor didn't have any good leads. Employ yourself. If you have a lawnmower you are potentially hired already. Look for a niche that no one is filling. Using the lawn mower example, you could provide simple yard work for people who don't normally have a weekly lawn guy coming in. Or, rent yourself out as a house and pet sitter. In the end, being willing to take a job and being self-employed will often equate to plenty of work for the summer. Job hunting is never truly easy. But, following the steps above kept me employed every summer during my teenage years. My best was when I simply found a niche in my neighborhood. You would be surprised how much you can earn with a bit of enthusiasm, an honest work ethic, and fair mindedness. Just don't give up.
Tips & WarningsWARNING: Never use slang, cursing, or "alternative" speech to a customer or a potential employer. That will help to seperate you from the crowd of other teens applying for the same job. IOW, don't say "Let me axe you a question. Ima need to know how much cash you throwin down."
Instead, you say "I have a question about pay and benifits."
WARNING: Don't dress like the majority of teens. Wear a nice pair of trousers and a button up collared shirt or blouse. You don't have to be in a suit, but modern fashions often clash with what employers are looking for. Leave the body jewelry except for tasteful earrings at t he house.
TIP: Always focus on being honest, dependable, and willing to actually work instead of just showing up. Teens are a risk for employers. You want to communicate that when you are on the clock you will be professional.