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Summer Job For High School Student

Oscar Said:

High school student needing help preparing a resume for first summer job.?

We Answered:

preparing an actual resume might not be necessary. Definitely mention your summer job, because it is ALWAYS good to show you have experience, any kind will do. When you apply for a new job, they usually ask why you left the other one, so that's when you explain that it was meant to be a summer job etc. Now, if you are applying to fast food joints or a grocery store, a resume will not be necessary. These places will give you a job by a simple interview process. Chances of getting a job here is also almost 100% since these places are always hiring. If you are applying for a job as a part time receptionist, or a dietary aide (great option btw), then a resume will be helpful. Since you are still young, your resume will consist of your educational background, state your expected graduation date, GPA and the relevant classes you are taking (relevant to the job you are applying for that is). So if you are applying for dietary aide for example, a relevant class you might have taken for it in high school would be nutrition. After educational experience, list your work experience, including the dates you worked and your duties at the workplace.

After that list whatever organizations you are part of (kiwanis, school newspaper..etc), and talk about your positive traits (people person, good with Microsoft Office etc). Then very briefly mention your hobbies or favorite activities (you should mention your piano experience here). List 2 people who aren't related to you as references and provide their contact information. I suggest using one of the ready made resume templates on Word and editing it to fit your needs. Now if you are applying places online, it is ALWAYS a good idea to still somehow talk to the employer, you can do that by either going in, or just calling to check the status of your application. No matter what employers say, these things DO affect their decision.

Since you are honors student and stuff, I will assume you are getting a job to save up for college? Or maybe get a new car? (hey, you also are 16 ;) ) whatever it is, good luck !

Victor Said:

High School Student in need of a summer job!!! Suggestions?

We Answered:

jobs to avoid....ALL of these listed here on Y!A they are SCAMS....

Legally in the US under FLSA a minor 14 or older may work in an:
Grocery store,
Retail store,
Movie Theater,
Baseball Park,
Amusement park, or
Gasoline service station
BUT...due to the high the unemployment rate at this time it is very difficult for minors to get a job.........the jobs that use to be held by teens and retirees are now being taken by adults trying to support their families.........

Fast-food and grocery stores are willing and able to train new employees but........................
Minors tend to have many issues that affect their ability to work such as tardiness, absenteeism, and numerous schedule requests, poor work-ethic etcetera.
I am NOT implying you will have those issues but the fact that many your age do makes it more difficult for you to get an opportunity to prove your worth.

Most businesses are individually owned and operated so it is the owner’s policy and past experience with minors that will determine if they will hire you. Apply everywhere you can, the worse that can happen is they don't hire you.

Businesses such as Publix, Kroger's, Food Lion, Sonic, Chic-Fill-A, McDonald's, Winn-Dixie, Krystal's, Dairy Queen, and Burger King along with smaller local businesses that are in the same genre tend to hire those your age.

Remember just because they legally can hire you does NOT mean they have to hire you or they will hire you. A lot depends on the employment outlook in your area, and the past luck (good or bad) the employer has had employing minors.

click on the following link for information about child labor laws such as the number of hours allowed, when you can work, what jobs you can do, and which states require work permits........
US Department of Labor

you can also do "casual labor" (work for an individual in their home) such as
running errands,
house-cleaning, etcetera...
and all of these are "REAL' jobs.....

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