The Secret of Summer Jobs

Laura is a 17-year-old from Ontario, Canada. She enjoys reading, traveling, and music. In her free time, she loves watching Friends reruns.

Cashier. Hostess. Dishwasher. At one time or another, every student has their first summer job experience. Desirable or not, these jobs provide teens with important life skills and prepare them for future employment. Due to the current economic situation, these types of jobs are now in short supply as a student. Often times, teens become frustrated and it seems that they will never be hired. It is common for teens, especially in my region, to put out countless résumés to no avail.

This is why teens need a little boost in their outlook on things. Here are some tips to make the experience a little less painful:

  1. Jobs won’t come to you. You have to put some work into a job search. They will not just spontaneously appear at your doorstep. Take initiative and actually search for jobs; there are many websites like ‘Job Gym’ which provide listings of current openings in your area.
  2. Résumés are key! No matter where you apply, your résumé is your most important tool. Make sure it’s well organized and professionally done; have a parent or adult check it to ensure it is presentable. There are also websites which provide templates that you can search for on Google to give you an idea of what is required.
  3. Go for a walk. Whether you live in the city where stores and businesses are in close proximity, or in the country where they are a little further out of the way, everyone has local businesses around them. It is all about timing; get out there early and explore your options. Some places do not even post openings online and you could miss a valuable opportunity! It never hurts to ask.
  4. Apply in person. Businesses love this; handing in your résumé in person as opposed to- or in addition to- online makes you stand out in their minds. This way you don’t blend in with the other applications submitted online.
  5. Don’t give up. You can’t expect to get a job right off the bat; it rarely works that way. Teens need to persevere and continue their search no matter how many dead ends they meet. Talk to your parents, their friends and other adults such as teachers who may know of available opportunities for students.

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