If your teen can schedule time for school, regular actives and a job and not become overwhelmed there is nothing wrong with your child working. In fact, working can help your child become independent and teach him/her the value of a dollar. However, finding a job in this economy can be as hard for your teen as it can be for an adult. For this reason, you may want to lend your teenage child a hand in finding his/her first job. Here are some tips that might help the both of you.
Look for a job that be geared specifically toward teenagers
Yes, stores, restaurants and diners are all perfect places for your teen to apply for a job. Yet, in today’s economy your teen may be competing against adults. In previous years, adults didn’t need these jobs as bad as they do now. This may limit a teen’s chances of actually getting this type of job. For this reason, your teenage child may want to consider looking for a job at such places as amusement parks, camps, etc. since these gears towards a younger crowd.
Consider places that your teen all ready hangs out
Is there a store or business where your child all ready hangs out a lot? Is she friendly with the employees at this store or business? This may be ideal place for him/her to apply? This can be a camp where she attended, a school where she took lessons such as ballet or even a store or beauty shop she has spent a lot of time at recently.
Help your teen write up a resume
Resumes are a great way to show that your teen is eager to get a job. It is also a handy way to have important information handy when it comes time to fill out an application. Help your teenager write up one and don’t forget to add all volunteering in the experience section.
Consider all talents your teen may have
Talents such as computer skills can be beneficial on a job application. Many more talents may be just as helpful. Consider all talents and add these to resumes and applications. Things to consider are: cooking, gardening, enjoying the company of children, and enjoying the company of older people. Some of these talents or interests may even lead your teen toward that first perfect job.
By helping your teen get his/her a job, you will get to bond a little and you will help guide him/her into a suitable job that hopefully he/she will actually enjoy.