Help Your Teen Snag a Summer Job


Summer is just around the corner, and it is a great time to enter the working world. It can be very daunting for those new to employment. Here are some tips to help your teen snag a summer job from someone who has worked in hiring and human resources for almost a decade.

Ace the Application Process

Every employer has a different application process, so a quick call to the location is a good way to begin. More and more employers are switching to assessment-based applications. For best results, find a quiet place to complete them and do not rush.

If they require a resume, make it short and sweet. Most hiring managers will only read the first page, so make your resume as concise as possible.

Make sure all your contact information is correct and the phone number listed has a voicemail that is set up and not full. The best candidate in the world will lose a job before they even get to the interview if the hiring manager cannot reach them!

Prepare for the Job Interview

Your best chance to make a good impression is at the initial interview. Many first interviews are now being done over the phone. Hiring managers are looking for candidates that are clear and articulate, especially for customer service jobs. If the initial phone call comes at a bad time, be honest and ask to have a call back at a time that will be quiet and calm.

Help Your Teen Snag a Summer JobFor in-person interviews, professionalism starts with the way candidates present themselves. Appearing clean and put together will let the employer know that you are taking the interview seriously. At the interview, speak when spoken to and make eye contact with your interviewer. This is even more important when wearing a mask! Above all, be honest about your experience and availability. Most places are happy to train employees that are eager to learn.

Be Careful What You Post

Be professional on social media. It’s the year 2021. Most hiring managers are expert social media sleuths.

A lot of managers will periodically check their employees’ social media. Any public social media accounts should be carefully curated by following these two rules. First, avoid disparagement. Don’t trash former employers or complain about coworkers or managers. Second, never post videos or pictures from “behind the counter.” A quick search for the “Panera Mac and Cheese scandal” will demonstrate the consequences of posting trade secrets. If you decide to friend coworkers online, assume that anything they see can (and probably will) make its way to the eyes of your manager.

Good luck to all the job-seeking teens. I look forward to welcoming you into the workforce!

Originally published May 2021.

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