By Kyleen, age 16, Arizona
Finding a job that's right for you can be tough. I've looked for jobs myself, but have come up short. It's not always easy for teens to find jobs, whether they're jobs you enjoy or ones you dislike. Teens often make mistakes when looking for a job. I want to show you how you can find a job for the summer, maybe longer, and help you find one you'll enjoy working at.
Most teens look for jobs and apply to be hired for all the wrong reasons. Teen job seekers often are eager to go out and search for a job, but they don't really look into what is required and what duties come with the position they are applying for. I myself have made this mistake. Try and do some research on the position you're hoping for. Search for places that will give you an application, but don't automatically fill it out. If they ask you to sit with them and talk to them about a position before you have looked into their possible positions, then give them your phone number, or your parents' number, and call or have them call to schedule a chance to sit and discuss it. Once you have applications from several places of choice, go home and look up information on their website about the positions they have and the responsibilities that come with each job.
When filling out your application, don't lie. Be honest about yourself and your qualifications for the job. Being dishonest on your application or in an interview can make the job more difficult. Don't be afraid to be yourself. If you're what they're looking for, they'll hire you. If you don't match their standards, try a different place. Go for a job that meets your standards too; don't look for a job where you only have to meet theirs. Don't just take a job because of what they pay or because friends work there. Neither of these is a good reason to begin working at a business. It's nice to make some extra cash and it's fun to work with your friends, but it's much better to have a job that suits your personality and allows you to achieve your goals.
Just remember though, there is no such thing as a perfect job. It's best to find a job where you enjoy more good days at work than bad days. If you do your best to find a job that fits your qualifications and suits your interests, it's probable that you will be happy working in that position.
One last thing - don't just settle for looking for a job at a fast food place. Check other places as well. Fast food joints aren't thing only places that hire teens. Find a job that fits you and you alone.
HAPPY JOB HUNTING!!