I got an email from a teen looking for her first job. She had no idea what she could do and had applied at three places with no response. I thought my response might be helpful to those of you going through the same.
I know it’s hard. Especially since the economy got bad. What hobbies do you like? Maybe you can be an assistant for a photographer or something along those lines. There’s also baby sitting, working at McDonald’s and many other options. There are books about jobs for teens and many websites. Just start googling “jobs for teens.”
Still, it’s hard. I know. Just don’t give up. You need to apply for a lot of jobs. Not just three. More like 20-30. Just know that it’s going to be a lot of applications. That way it will be a relief when one finally accepts you. Also, gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores are usually hiring. Just go in, ask if they have any positions open and if they say yes, ask what the position is. No matter what it is – no matter how below you it seems or grimy or dirty, be enthusiastic and say you want to apply.
Just keep applying and keep being enthusiastic. Eventually you’ll get used to the routine and learn what the managers want to hear. Then you’ll get better at answering and eventually get a job.
Also ask adults you know if they know of/have any jobs for you. They may need help cleaning, filing, etc. Ask them what they did when they were your age. They’ll probably like your enthusiasm and feel bad and try to help you out in some way. Listen to all of their advice and put it into action.
How about you adults out there? Have any ideas for the youngsters? How did you get your first job? Any other teens have a job and care to share how you got it? Respond in the comments.