Tips for Finding a Summer Job
Many high schoolers take on part-time jobs to help pay for entertainment expenses, get work experience and save up for college. Getting your first job is a pretty big deal, and if you're not sure how to go about it, you may struggle to land a position.
We've outlined a few of the steps you'll need to take to find a job in high school.
- Online job search sites can be great, but they're not the only option. Sometimes so many people apply online it may be difficult for a hiring manager to ever find your resume. Drop by the places you're interested in working at and ask for a paper application.
- Fill out the application completely. Many of them are long and ask for references, a list of classes you've taken and a lot of other information! As tempting as it may be, don't leave fields blank; you may be disqualified for failing to follow the instructions.
- Don't be afraid to call a few days and check on the status of your application. Be courteous, ask to speak to the hiring manager and you may be offered an interview!
- Make yourself presentable, even if the employees don't appear to have a dress code. Leave the sweatpants and ripped jeans at home and make sure you look clean and put-together.
- Bring a copy of your high school resume, in case the interviewer wants to review it during the interview.
- Practice beforehand. Planning out answers to common interview questions and knowing what you'll say in advance can help calm your nerves. Some questions you should be prepared for include: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What's an example of a time you succeeded in a challenging situation?
- Prepare some questions for your interviewer in advance. Questions about what the job entails, the most challenging part of the role and what other employees like most about their jobs are all common things for people to ask hiring managers.
After the Interview
- Write a thank-you note thanking your interviewer for his or her time.
- Call and follow up if you haven't received a response within a week or so.
- Don't get discouraged if you don't get the job. With so many applicants, it's not uncommon to get a rejection notice. Take it in stride and remember it's served as great practice for your next application and interview!