Getting a Job In High School!

I have had a part time job consistently since I was 13! It was not easy to find places that would hire that young and it was really tough to manage time at first. Because I have experience, I thought I would put some tips together for anyone else in the same situation. 


  • If you don’t have work experience, include volunteer work and extra curriculars. 
  • Explain the significance of your experience. Most employers won’t know much about volunteering or extra curriculars because they don’t have experience with that. Write a bulleted list of what your relevant responsibilities were and what skills you gained. 
  • Add sections like “awards” and “skills”, if you need to add more material to your resume. 
  • Don’t make your resume more than one page front and back. I take resumes all the time at work and it gets really tiresome reading a five page resume. Try to put only the most relevant information on! 
  • Have references ready. Even if you don’t want to include their information directly on the resume, make sure you know who can be a reference if they ask for one. You can use teachers if you don’t have job experience! 

Finding a Job: 

  • Know the youth labour laws in your state or province. Don’t bother applying for something you can’t legally do. Some places don’t let you handle cash until you are a certain age, and certain jobs are considered high risk, so people under 18 can’t apply. 
  • Ask around for places that hire younger employees! Ask your teachers and friends parents, etc. if they know of any places that hire younger people. I got my first real job when a friend’s mother told me that they hired younger than 16! 
  • Don’t lie about your age!!! It’s not worth it. 
  • Look for a job in a more casual, cash only setting. My first job was working at a farmer’s market when I was only 13. Try applying at farm stores or farmer’s markets because they don’t have as strict rules about age. 
  • Find connections. Applying at places where you can get a reference is really helpful. If you have a sibling or family friend who works somewhere, consider applying there to increase your likelihood. 

Time Management: 

  • Start working in the summer. If you start in the summer and work lots of hours, it is easier to decrease the amount of hours you want to work during school. Not a lot of places want to make a new hire that can only work 10 hours a week! 
  • Talk to your manager about workload. Discuss the number of hours you need, how to handle exams and other busy times, etc. Don’t just let the manager give you whatever they want without even trying to talk to them first! 
  • Talk to other employees who are in school. Ask them about their hours and how the manager responds to their needs with school. 
  • Ask for regular hours, if possible. 
  • Get your schedule as soon as possible. Plan your week around when you’re working ASAP, that way you won’t be surprised or frazzled when your shifts roll around. 
  • Make sure that you put schoolwork ahead of your job. Don’t avoid doing homework because you’ve been working that night. If you have a shift before a big test, try to trade it or talk to your boss. Its not worth an extra $40 in your bank account if you’re going to start letting your grades fall! 
  • If having a job is too stressful, just let it go. Some people determine their value/work ethic by whether or not they have a job. Its not that important! If you’re overly stressed or sacrificing your grades to work, its not worth the extra money or prestige. 

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Rules for Getting Hired Today

Here are the top tips for job hunters:

1) Respond quickly to job postings.

2) Focus on a short, manageable list of prospective employers.

3) Always customize your resumé to include the keywords in the job posting.

4) Work your network to get your resumé into the right person’s hands.

5) Plan your day around the interview, not the other way around.

See the full list here.


Dear JSTOR, I got my master’s degree in june 2015, and spent the last academic year working and travelling. But I am now back home, and it’s time for me to sit down and start looking for a “real job”, something more or less in the field of my studies. But I struggle a lot, can’t seem to focus on my job hunt, and get distracted every time I try to work on my CV or a cover letter. Do you have any (sourced) advice?

Hello friend:

First, let me thank you for your question! This is a great one and I think applies to all of us, not just those starting their post-academic careers. 

Transitioning from one type of environment (university) to another (the workforce) is always hard and will take time to adjust, as it requires both a mental shift and change in routine – these changes are really difficult to manage sometimes and I’m glad you reached out.

I would like to compliment you on your decision to take a break to travel and work for a year - there are many benefits to taking all kinds of gap years, whether they be before university, between undergraduate/graduate study, or post-graduation/pre-workforce. Taking time to travel and work can allow you to meet new people, develop social and problem-solving skills, and learn practical skills like budget and time management.(1) So: you are doing OK! Try to focus on the skills you’ve obtained over the last year, the people you’ve met, and know that you are doing just fine.

Searching for a job can be tedious and overwhelming, all at the same time, but there are a few tactics to keep in mind when participating in this mostly solitary endeavor.

1.    Set goals: perceived goal progress is key to feeling like you are accomplishing something, and research suggests “that when individuals perceive goal progress, they are more likely to report positive affect (e.g. feelings of excitement, pride, enthusiasm)” (2). So what does that mean? Sit down with a pen and paper, tablet, laptop, whatever, and write out two to three things you can do for your job search every day that are achievable. Examples are: look at job postings for 1 hour; write two cover letters; explore the career sections of 3 companies I admire; update my LinkedIn profile; read 2 job search articles on The Muse, LinkedIn or other job seeking site; reach out to a college friend for a recommendation; or ask a trusted friend or advisor to edit my CV. Accomplishing achievable goals each day will help you feel like you are progressing, even while waiting to hear back from potential employers.

2.   Research also suggests that patience with the process is key to succeeding in obtaining a job offer (3). Impatient job seekers can wind up getting more frustrated with the search, therefore giving up more easily and, if they do get an offer, are more likely to take the first one they receive – even if there are better opportunities still out there. So how does one remain patient during the job search? Be sure you have other things to focus on! Set aside a certain number of hours every day, at the same time to do your job search. Maintaining a consistent schedule is going to be helpful with goal setting and will prepare you for your future employment. But! During the rest of the day, focus on other things and don’t think about your job search. Play Pokemón Go, write, hang out with us on Tumblr, swim, exercise, draw, watch Jane the Virgin on Netflix, eat popsicles in the park, go to a zoo, read books that you love, take up cross-stitching (heck, take up Cross Fitting, even) but do other things! Things that light your soul on fire, and get you excited to think about. If you don’t know what those things are, try new ones until you find them. 

Remember: keep a schedule. Get up at the same time every weekday and devote 3 to 4 hours to your job search tasks. Then spend the rest of the day creating anything your heart desires. Be sure to get some exercise. Move around. Get outside. Hang out with friends and family.

You will be OK. Looking for a job feels like a hopeless, meaningless endeavor for those who are stuck in it but every time I’ve felt like I’d never, ever, ever find a new position, you know what? I did. And you will too.

Take care and remember to be kind to yourself,


1.    George Alan Blackburn, Gordon Clark and David Pilgrim. “The Gap Year for Geographers: Effects and Paradoxes.”  Geography, 90.1 (2005): 32-41. Retrieved from JSTOR:

2.    Connie R. Wanberg, Jing Zhu, and Edwin A. J. Van Hooft. “The Job Search Grind: Perceived Progress, Self-Reactions, and Selfr-Regulation of Search Effort.” The Academy of Management Journal, 53.4 (2010): 788-807. Retrieved from JSTOR:

3.    Stefano DellaVigna and M. Daniele Paserman. “Job Search and Impatience.” Journal of Labor Economics, 20.3 (2005): 527-588. Retrieved from JSTOR:

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Asking the right questions can offer you an opportunity to find out if this company and the position are a good match for you. It’s a good way to dig into the company culture and the day-to-day responsibilities. Also, asking the right questions is important because the questions you ask can confirm you are a qualified candidate for that position.

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Thankfully, UChicago Career Advancement has your back. All UChicago students and alumni have access to some of the best job-oriented workshops, crash courses, and job listings available anywhere. Whether you need help writing a resume or navigating the grad school application process, Career Advisers provide Maroons with the skills and resources necessary to set them apart in the job market.

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To combat that, many job seekers with coding and design experience go to extreme creative lengths to stand out and demonstrate their skills in a tangible way.

Here are a couple of examples:

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Securing a candidate takes time and money for employers, so a candidate that has a record of job hopping does not leave a positive impression and sways employers to move on to consider other candidates instead. Short periods of employment generally indicate that you were terminated due to lack of performance and that is not the impression you want to convey.

If your résumé contains several short employment stints, here are ways to avoid looking like a job hopper – especially if your situations involved layoffs, company mergers, and temporary assignments »

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Via DailyWorth:

Career transition can be both an exciting and challenging time. Once you’ve mustered up the courage to make a professional change, you’re usually slammed with a dose of reality.

“WOW. This is harder than I thought!”

Canned coaching strategies tend to ask you to envision the future and then go for it! This can be very powerful. It also must be used creatively.

The first big truths you should know:

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  • You can still fulfill your purpose.
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So it’s almost May and your college graduation awaits. Here are some suggestions that should have you well on your way to your post graduation job: 

1)  Go to your college career center and talk with a trained professional.

2)  Make sure you know your strengths and how to leverage them.

3)  Be honest about the things that you aren’t an expert in, and have a plan about how you might acquire these skills.

4)  Don’t limit your search to job boards or similar sites.

5)  Create and reach out to your networks.

6)  Make sure that your social media presence online is professional.

7)  Follow-up on all applications, phone conversations and interviews.

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The interesting thing about this post is that not only does this article accept the idea of using social media when trying to find a job, but it also gives tips on how to use these social media accounts to your advantage when trying to get a job. The main idea that this article reinforces is to make your social media account as professional as possible and display an image that you can have a social life and still be professional at the same time. So don’t get rid of your social media accounts, just make them work to your advantage!