For high school students who have neither a degree, nor experience, it is often quite challenging to find a job. The level of unemployment among teenagers is rather high. However, do not get discouraged. Follow the tips outlined below, and it will be much easier for you to get hired.
#1. Make the world aware
Don’t be shy of telling people you are seeking employment. Inform your parents, relatives, and friends and ask them to spread the word. You should know that many good vacancies are not advertised, so there is no way you can learn about them using job-search engines or social media. Friends and acquaintances may help.
#2. Use Your Contacts
As a high school student, you do not have to go far from home to start gaining work experience. Your friends and neighbors probably need a babysitter or someone to mow the lawn, shovel snow, etc. So, you can both make some money and have something to include in your resume in the future. Moreover, these people could give you a reference when you need it later.
#3. Be Open-Minded
It is a common mistake among all job seekers to limit themselves to certain jobs. However, the market is extremely competitive, so you might not find exactly what you have been dreaming of. Flexibility increases your chances of getting employed. Additionally, you may not even know whether you like something until you try it. A job, which is far from your first choice, may reveal talents and tastes you were not aware of.
#4. Know the Rules
You should know that the law is strict when it comes to teenage employment. There are certain limitations as to what kind of job you are allowed to do and how many hours a week you can work. If you are under 18, you are still a child from the legal perspective. Therefore, refer to Child Labor Law regulations whenever you find a job that you think fits you. For example, you cannot work for a non-agricultural employer until you are 14.
#5. Don’t Ignore Working Papers
Some states require you to get working papers (Employment/Age Certificates) if you are less than 18 years old. Without these documents, you won’t be able to get a legal employment.
#6. Create a Resume
Although some of your potential employers may not require a resume, it will help you stand out from the crowd of candidates. Even if it contains little information, it will show that you are determined and serious about your future employment. In addition, knowing how to write a resume is an essential skill, which will be useful in future.
#7. Follow the Dress Code
Even if it’s not a real job interview yet, try to dress formally when you see your potential employer in person. A so-called “Grandma Rule” is of great help here – if you think your granny would approve your interview outfit, you are dressed well.
These tips will raise your chances of finding a job. You may also try another option – volunteering. Although not financially rewarding, volunteering considerably raises your chances of finding a great employment in future. Just believe in yourself and you will succeed.