Summer Jobs for Teens

summer jobIf you’re old enough to work, consider getting a summer job. There are a number of employers willing to hire teens for the summer.

Summer jobs can be fun and a good way for you to start figuring out your LIKES and SKILLS. In addition, working will allow you to meet new friends, learn new responsibilities and earn some extra spending cash to save for a new car or start that fund for college.

Get familiar with labor laws:

The  Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets wage, hour and safety requirements for minors working under the age of 18 in jobs covered by the statutes. Generally, the FLSA sets 14 as the minimum age to begin work and limits the number of hours worked by minors under the age of 16. Each state also has its own laws relating to the employment of minors.

Most employers know the laws because there are stiff penalties for breaking them, but it’s still good to be aware of how many hours you can work and what the minimum wage is in your state.

How to find a job:

There are the likely places to look for a job like a golf course, restaurant, pizza joint, fast food, swimming pool, tourist attractions, hotels, and even a grocery store. The best way to find out if someone is hiring is walk in and ask.

Don’t forget about summer camps. Most counselors at camps are teenagers. Just type in ‘summer camp jobs’ as the search string and you’ll bring up hundreds of opportunities.

Following are links to job programs sponsored by government agencies.

Youth Conservation Corps
Job Corps

Babysitting can be another good summer job. If you are going to babysit, be sure to take a Red Cross first aid class so you’ll know how to handle an emergency should one arise.

Pet care, lawn care, running errands for busy people are other possible jobs.

Browse for jobs using these job boards:

Snag A Job for teens
Hire Teen
YMCA jobs

How to apply:

Most places will have you complete an employment application. This is a form that will ask you the following information:

Work Experience (Note: If this is your first job, go ahead and say so. Be sure to list any babysitting, lawn care, or other similar jobs.)
References (Note: These are names of people who can say good things about you. They can be a previous boss, co-worker, or teacher. Don’t list names of friends, relatives, or your parents.)

If you get the job, you’ll need to have a social security number. If you don’t have one, click here for instructions on how to obtain one.

How to build a resume:

Some employers will have you complete an employment application AND will ask for a resume.

A resume is a document that lists your education, employment history, awards, accomplishments and your computer skills.

Click High School Resume for an example and to download a resume template.

Finding a job can take a little time and effort. So be patient and persistent and you’ll find a job in no time.


(Tomorrow’s post will tackle what to do when you get the interview for the job.)

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