It can be pretty hard to find a job while you’re in high school, but it’s not impossible! Just follow the advice below and you’ll have a great chance of being noticed by local employers and earning some cash.
First things first: make sure you’re aware of the rules. Yeah, yeah, rules are no fun, but these rules are in place to make sure you aren’t overworked or underpaid. You can find specific state laws on the Department of Labor website . (For laws in Georgia: click here). You’ll want to make sure you’re cleared for work before you even start your job search (otherwise you are wasting your time applying, and that’s no good!)
You can also reach out to your school counselor for assistance in understanding how these laws apply to you (as a bonus, they may already know of people hiring in your community!)
Now, onto the tips!
Talk about it!
Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family that you’re looking for work! While lots of jobs are posted in storefronts or online, there are a lot of jobs that aren’t. The more you talk about the kind of job you’re looking for, the better your chances are of finding a diamond in the rough.
Location! Location! Location!
Location is important on so many levels (especially if you can’t drive!). You have to consider how you’ll get to work. The best way to do this is to see what businesses are nearby and plan from there. This way you can have travel options in case of emergency. The last thing you want is to get a job far away and be stranded without a way to get there!
Don’t get hung up on that ONE. PERFECT. JOB. While it’s out there, it may not be available right as you’re job hunting. Keep in mind that every job will provide life lessons and experience. So while it’s not exactly perfect right now, it could be a step in the right direction. The more open you are to different kinds of job opportunities, the better luck you’ll have landed a job.
Know When You Can Work
Don’t go into a job search without knowing your availability. Do you have activities after school that could interfere with work? Weekly family events? Keep these things in mind when filling out applications. Most employers will understand that you’re still a student and availability will vary, just know your schedule and be honest about how often you can work.
Dress to Impress
While many jobs have applications for you to fill out online, many others still require an in-person application. Make sure that you are dressed well (even if it’s to fill an application!). This counts as a first impression and you want to make sure they see that you’re taking this job seriously.
Extra tip: for filling out an in-person application: come prepared! Bring a pen and a copy of your resume! Employers pay attention to small things like this when reviewing your application. If you come prepared to apply, they assume you’ll also come prepared for work every day.
Write a Winning Resume
At first, some jobs may not require a resume, but it never hurts to have one in the works. If this is your first job, there may not be much to put on there. You can include achievements, awards and school activities to show employers your skills. Having a well-crafted resume shows employers that you mean business.
If you follow the tips above, you’re almost guaranteed to at least land an interview. The important part is that you keep an open mind. You never know when a wonderful opportunity may be knocking at your door!