Finding their first job can be a nerve-wracking experience for teens. There is much to learn – how to create a resume, connect with potential employers and prepare for interviews. Keeping stress levels low during the job search process can be managed with a few tips and tricks. Pass these along to any teen who is looking for a job and preparing for interviews.
Drop Off Resumes at Local Businesses
The best place to work is close to home and school. Whether you are working after school or on weekends, having a job nearby will save you a lot of stress when it comes to commuting. It’s also a great way to connect with your community. Before you head out, make a list of businesses in the area you wish to work in that interest you. Print off at least a dozen resumes and upon arrival, ask for a manager to see if they’re hiring and make a great first impression.
Speak With a Guidance Counsellor
Most secondary schools have a guidance counsellor to help teenagers start planning for their futures. It’s never a bad idea to consider how your first job will factor into your goals. If you’re looking for a more specific type of job, a guidance counsellor can help you narrow down options so you can come up with a strategy for your job search. If you’re not sure where to start, they can help you figure out which type of jobs match your interests and abilities.
Check Out Local Job Boards
Local job boards are an excellent place to find postings for places hiring in your neighbourhood and community. In the digital world, many employers use job boards to easily connect with job seekers, screen candidates and invite them for interviews. Using a job board, you can upload your resume and easily apply to jobs you’re interested in from the comfort of your home, a library or cafe. Job boards refresh daily, so make sure to check in often.
Dress to Impress Potential Employers
If you want to increase your chances of getting hired, it’s always important to dress to impress. Wear appropriate business casual attire to your interview to make a great impression on your interviewer. Clean and neat clothing will make you feel more confident and more focused on conversing with your interviewer rather than how you look.
Ask Your Interviewer the Right Questions
At the end of most interviews, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. This is an excellent time to showcase your ambition and turn the tables on the interviewer. No matter the job, finding the right fit is imperative for both you and the employer. Come up with three to five questions you can ask your interviewer. These can include questions about what qualities they value in a candidate, what the work atmosphere is like, what other students say about working at company xyz.
Before long, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of earning your own money – including adding to your Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for college, university or other programs after high school.