Finding a job can be tough for anyone, but teens face a special challenge since they usually don't have a work history, and most employers prefer to hire people with experience. Looking at job listings especially geared toward teens can put you on the fast track to employment. Take a look at several websites that want to help you find a job, and get an idea of what to expect.
Where to Look for Teen Job Listings
Not every company is willing to hire teenage workers. So, it's important to find out which ones will so you don't waste time applying to companies that don't. The following websites can help connect you with potential employers, and they offer decent support services to help you make yourself more marketable.
My First Paycheck
MyFirstPaycheck.com is primarily a job listing website that offers a variety of opportunities for 14 to 17-year-old teens in the following categories.
- Administrative - This category includes listings for data entry, medical billing, office clerks and file clerks among other possibilities.
- Food service - Here you'll find job listings for cooks, waiters, hosts and cashiers, as well as supermarket product demonstrator jobs and positions for baristas.
- Summer jobs - Jobs listed in this category run the gamut from sales associates to maintenance help to office assistants and more. If you're out of school for the summer, you'll probably find something that interests you here.
- Camp jobs - There are numerous listings for camp counselors and activity specialists.
- Child care - In this category, potential employers are looking for aupairs, sitters, and even children's party hosts.
- Landscaping - Jobs in this category include positions for onsite landscapers, which can include anything from mowing grass and trimming shrubs to planting trees. You may also find opportunities to work at a nursery.
- Retail - The category includes a variety of positions for sales associates and part-time counter help.
- Internships - Internships can include anything from working for a political party to
- Other jobs - Listings in this category are the most varied of all. Past listings included positions as hair braiders and working as an appointment scheduler for property foreclosures.
Within each category, you can sort according to whether you want full-time, part-time, one-time or seasonal employment. You can also search jobs by age or enter the type of job you're looking for into their onsite search engine. All the positions listed are dated according to when they were posted. Use the search by state option to zero in on jobs in your area.
TeenJobs.org specializes in connecting low income and minority teens with internships at various companies in the Seattle, Washington area. Their YouthForce program provides mentors and coaching to help teens acquire the education and experience they need to enter the working world. Internships are offered in a variety of fields according whatever is available at the time. Some of these fields include:
- Accounting - Listings here are best suited to college-age teens majoring in accounting/finance.
- Construction - Positions can include short-term and long-term opportunities.
- Marketing - This could include anything from direct sales positions to writing copy.
- Office - Typical listings include openings for receptionists and file clerks among other positions.
- Retail - Listings typically include sales clerk, stock and cashiering positions.
Since the program targets high school-aged teens, the hours are limited to part-time. Each internship includes a job description, the qualifications needed, the job location and rate of pay. Just follow the link provided to fill out the online application.
GrooveJobs.com is geared to helping teens and students find part-time jobs as well as seasonal work. You can search the site for listings, but you must register with them in order to actually apply. As a member, benefits include having your applications neatly formatted and sent directly to prospective employers, receiving alerts when jobs are listed for your area, and a resume-building tool that will help you create a professional-looking resume.
Your search begins by clicking on the part-time jobs link in the left column of their home page.
- Enter your city, state and zip code.
- Select a preference for jobs within one mile, five miles or 15 miles of your residence.
- Take time to read through the job listings that are generated by your search, and apply to the ones you're most interested in.
If you prefer, you can also browse the site's listing of internships and volunteer opportunities.
Teens 4 Hire
Teens4Hire.org describes itself as the number one site job recruitment site for teenagers aged 14 to 19. You must register as a member and create your personal profile before you can search the job listings, but membership is free, and you are the only person who can share your profile with a potential employer.
Steps to create your profile include:
- Fill in your name, address, email, best time to contact you and establish your password.
- Fill in your employment history. If you haven't worked anywhere yet, you can just skip that section.
- Fill in your education information. It's fairly basic.
- Fill in your interests. This is where you can highlight the kind of job/field in which you'd like to work.
The site organzies their job listings into four divisions, and you can search them by location once you select a category. Listings are added and removed all the time as positions become available and are filled, so it pays to check back often.
- Health Services - This usually includes listings for jobs in hospitals clinics and private practices.
- Banking - This includes entry positions for Customer Service Representatives
- Law and Security - This can include private as well as public security force positions.
- Skilled Trades - This often includes construction worker positions.
Teens 4 Hire also has a resources section that offers important information about work permits and labor laws that most teens will find useful. In addition, there are articles on site with helpful tips on topics such as writing a resume, and the qualities most employers look for in a teen job candidates.
Additional Teen Job Sites to Check Out
The following sites don't offer quite as many support services as those listed above. However, you can still find job openings targeted for teenage workers.
- Got a Job - This site is simple but easy to navigate. The newest job openings are listed in the right-hand column and often include well-known national companies such as Starbucks and Ruby Tuesday.
- Teen Job Section - You'll need to create your profile using the website's form, and that will serve as your application to submit to potential employers who post listings with the site.
- Summer Jobs - Register with the site to apply for job openings. You can search by city and state, as well as by the type of job you're looking for, such as cashier, waiter, baby sitter, etc..
Pay close attention to how you fill out any job application on these sites because your attention to detail can tell a prospective employer a lot about the kind of employee you'll be. Here are a few helpful tips.
- Check your spelling and grammar. Employers are looking for workers who are educated and can communicate effectively.
- Follow all the instructions completely. Employers will look at your ability to follow instructions on the application as an indication of how well you'd follow directions if you were hired.
- Make sure you've filled in all the required information. This shows attention to detail - something that's very important in the work force.
- Note any pertinent classes you've taken if there's a field for that. This will help show you're truly interested in the type of job you're applying for.
- List extracurricular activities if you can. This can give an employer an idea of whether you're a team player.
This Is Just the Beginning
A great application is crucial to getting a job interview. Check the sites listed above to see what they currently offer, apply your best efforts to filling out your application, and let your winning personality shine through if you're lucky enough to get an interview. The first job you get as a teen may not become your life's career, but it can be a valuable stepping stone that leads to something better in your future.