FRIDAY, JULY 13: Finding a job is not easy and if you are a young person, finding a job with little or no experience may prove even more difficult.
You will need to have a good resume and cover letter, you will need to know how to read and understand job ads, how to properly fill out an application and you will need to know how to handle yourself in interviews.
Decide what you want to do.
What are your interests? What do you like to do?
What do you want to do?
What are your career aspirations?
Do you like working with children?
Do you like cooking?
Are you a strong swimmer and like the beach?
Are you an avid reader?
Are you interested in medicine?
Parks, museums, hospital, book stores, libraries, animals, lawn and yard work, tutoring, restaurants, retail, advertising & marketing, television/radio etc.
Where to Look:
- High school guidance counselor
- On Line
- Use social networking
Always have a resume
Regardless if you are planning to work full or part time, you should have a good resume. It does not have to be complicated.
Most first time job seekers will not have a lot to put on a resume so keep it simple.
Having a resume will also show a potential employer that you are serious about your job search and it is a written document with your information for future reference in case you are not initially employed.
A lot of young people don’t have a resume so this will set you apart from the rest.
With your resume you will also need a strong cover letter. Take the time to research both documents and put together a winning combination. And don’t forget to include any volunteer work you have done and activities you are involved in.
Look and act smart
Appearance matters and before you go to see a potential employer make sure you look employable.
Your clothes should be clean, ironed, neat and tidy.
No baggy pants, short tight skirts, flip flops or sneakers. Your hair should be clean and neat.
Be well groomed from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet and surely be on time or early for interviews.
When you meet with a potential employer be mature:
- Stand up straight
- Keep eye contact
- Be polite and smile
- Don’t be afraid to talk and speak clearly (do not use slang)
- Be confident — you can do this
- Turn your cellphone off
Have a plan
Make a list of the places where you would like to work. Do some research and find out everything you can about the business — what they do, how old the business is, who owns it, what is their mission statement — most businesses will have a web-site where all of this information can be found.
Find out who you should speak to about employment within the business.
Do not be afraid to go to these businesses and seek employment, even if they have not advertised any jobs. This will show a potential employer that you are ambitious.
If you see a job advertisement and it requires more experience than you currently have, ask yourself, “Can I do this with a little training? Can I do most of what they are looking for?” Don’t be afraid to apply for the job you want even if the advertisement seems daunting.
You may not have everything they are asking for however, you may impress an employer enough to hire and train you.
Don’t forget to follow up — this is another way to demonstrate to a potential employer that you are serious, mature and responsible.
Wait about a week and call the business — make sure you speak to the person who will be hiring (do not leave a message).
Lastly, before you start your job search, understand that you may not be successful right away.
Do not be discouraged if when you hear ‘NO’.
When a potential employer tells you that you are unsuccessful in your employment search, thank them for their time and ask them to keep your resume on file in case something comes up in the future.
Do not stop searching if you hear ‘NO’ often. Be persistent and continue your job search.
Honey Adams is the education officer for Consumer Affairs.
For more information just for teens go to our web-site www.ca.gov.bm.