Links to help you score an interview and a job.
Job Tips: A former reporter for The Washington Post Newsweek Interactive provides tips on the Arlington Teen Expo Web site.
Set Yourself up for Success in the Workplace: from the Arlington/Alexandria Workforce Investment Bureau.
WashingtonJobs.com: A Washington Post Web page with links to info for teens.
JobDoggy.com: Articles with advice for teen job seekers and more.
5 quick job searching tips:
1. Be Brave. Even in this economy, there are plenty of employers out there looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that teenagers provide, but you have to go out and ask for it. Don't be afraid to apply for jobs.
2. Be Polite. You are applying for a job; dress up, make eye contact, shake hands, and avoid using slang. First impressions matter - make sure you are remembered for your application and not your attitude.
3. Be Prepared. Bring a resume and a cover letter whenever you apply for a job. Having a good resume is essential. It shows that you are serious about the position, and that you are mature and responsible.
4. Be Persistent. It would be nice if you were immediately offered every job that you ever applied for, unfortunately this is not the case for anybody. Persistence pays off; send a thank you note to interviewers, follow-up if you do not hear about the job after a week, and keep applying.
5. Be Creative. Look for work in places other than the mall. The weakening economy means that people are going to be looking to cut costs in areas such as lawn and child care. Get a few friends together and start a landscaping or a babysitting business. Working for yourself is a great way to earn money and develop skills to help you in your next job.
Teen Job websites
related to: Tips
10 Values Employers Look For
1. work ethic
3. a positive attitude
5. honesty and integrity
7. willingness to grow and learn