Your teenager will benefit from a part-time job in the summer or after school. It will teach them about responsibility and give them the opportunity to learn how to handle money. When your teen turns 16, you can discuss getting a job with them. Try to find an industry that they have an interest in and encourage them to apply in that area. Some businesses to try are supermarkets, restaurants, offices, retail stores, assisted living facilities, amusement parks, daycares, and nursing homes. Another way to get your teen work experience is to have them do volunteer work. Below we have some ways to help you with parenting teenagers and helping them find a job.
Find Job Opportunities Online and In Your Community
Did you know that 68% of online experiences start with a search engine? Use your trusted search engine to look online at local businesses in your area. Browse through their websites to see what they do and if they are hiring. You can have your teen look online locally, read the website, and make a list of interesting local businesses to contact. Talk with the teachers at their high school because they may have a program that helps teens find jobs or know of one. Visit local businesses and have your teen fill out applications and talk to a manager if possible. Visit local supermarkets, restaurants, retail stores, museums, nursing homes, state parks, beaches, assisted living centers, zoos, farms, and amusement park for job opportunities.
Create a Stellar Resume
Help your teen write a resume that highlights their skills and experience. The resume should include qualifications at the top for both work experience and volunteer work. You can include your teens’ involvement in clubs and organizations too. Skills listed might be communication, computer skills, teamwork, writing, graphics, organization, math, web design, and social media. List education after work and volunteer experience. Look for sample resumes on sites like The Balance Careers and Resume Labs. Tell your teen to line up some references from teachers, guidance counselors, and former employers to have ready.
Prepare for Interviews By Practicing
When your teen gets an interview, prepare for it before you go. Practice common questions asked by interviewers with your teens. Check their resume and application for errors made. Make sure they dress professionally and are prepared for their interviews. They can research the company ahead and learn what they do and have some questions to ask about the job duties. This will help alleviate their fears.
Help Your Teen Model Professionalism
If your teen uses social media, talk to them to ensure their public profiles look professional, as over 92% of interviewers learn more about interviewees by look at their social media platforms. However, your teen can also utilize this to their advantage by demonstrating their ability to get along with others and their organizational skills through social media. Perhaps they have experience dealing with customers or members of a club or group. Their social media accounts should demonstrate responsibility and respect for others.
Where Can Your Teen Work to Gain Valuable Skills and Experience?
Your teen can gain valuable work experience at many different types of businesses. At retail stores or supermarkets, they can be cashiers, sales personnel, stock clerks, or customer service reps. Hotels, amusement parks, and parks have ticket sales, food prep, entertainment, and more. Did you know 11.6 million people use canes, walkers, or crutches? Helping elderly people in a nursing home or an assisted living facility can be other areas to gain experience. For example, working in a daycare with kids teaches social skills and responsibility. Other places to try are fast food, kennels, car washes, daycare, coffee shop, offices, book store, delivery service, and online work.
Depending on your teenager’s skills, they may be able to get specialized work if they have training in computers, marketing, sales, advanced math skills, or writing. Most teens start at jobs that will give them a start on learning and developing these skills. Parenting teenagers involves helping them find jobs to develop these skills.