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.
- 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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