Tuesday morning on 11 News Live Today Donna Whetstone stopped by our studios to offer helpful tips for teens that are looking to find a summer job.
This summer is different than most years, teens are competing against seasoned workers that have recently been laid off.
The first question that most people have is, “Where do I begin?”
Donna says that the best place to start is in front of your mirror, she suggests looking your best even when you are picking up applications. You never know who is at the front counter and many times interviews will be on the spot so be prepared. She also says no matter which stage in the job hunt you are, network, network, network. Almost anyone you ask will tell you they got their job by someone else referring them or by being in the right place at the right time. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job; your parent’s friends, your teachers, and even the person running the cash register at the grocery store. To find open jobs look for signs in the windows of stores and businesses, go online, and look at newspapers.
Once you find an open job, its time to fill out the application and Donna says this isn’t a step that should be taking lightly. To be prepared complete a cheat sheet application so that you have all of you information ready. This is especially important when completing an online application. Fill out your application neatly and completely otherwise you risk that an employer will throw it in the trash. Donna says follow up calls are good but be sure to wait three to four days after submitting the application. On you application be sure to list all volunteer stuff and all work experience; the more you have on your application the better chance you have of getting a call back. Also, be sure to give great references, and ask before you use anyone as a reference. Teachers always make good references.
Then if you are lucky enough to get an interview Donna offered a few tips to help you get the job. She suggests practicing with typical interview questions and know at least five good things about yourself and at least one weakness. Be 10-15 minutes early for your interview and when you arrive shake their hand, make eye contact, sit up straight, and be enthusiastic. Be sure to research the job that way when the interview is done you can ask the employer questions. Donna also suggests writing a thank you note to thank them for the interview, and call back in a few days if you don’t hear anything. Persistent job seekers are the ones that get the job.
Another good source is the Work Investment Act Younger Youth Program. It is designed to assist qualified adolescents (ages 14-18) develop work related skills that will give them the advantage over others in a fiercely competitive job market. They can be reached at 970-243-0190.
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