Helping Your Teen Land Their First Job

Landing a job is difficult. This is especially true if it’s your first job. Around the time we turn teenagers, we start wanting our own jobs so we can bring in some of our own money. But without experience, or too much knowledge of how the world works, landing this first job can sometimes be difficult. This is where you as a parent come in. By offering some of your knowledge and guidance, you can improve your teenagers prospects of landing the job they want. Here are just a few ways you can help.

Help to Assess Their Skills and Desires

The first thing you can help your teenager to do is assess their own skills, and brainstorm ideas for jobs they might actually want. Are they good at math? Do they enjoy working with kids? Do they want a job where they are on their feet all day moving around, or do they want to get a trucking job, requiring them to sit and drive for long periods of time? You want your teenager to enjoy their first job, and for them to succeed at it. So before they rush off an apply for just anything, take some time to think about what they enjoy doing, as well as where their skills might be of use.

Help With the Job Search

Once you and your teen have an idea as to what they want to do, now you can help them look for a job. If you know anyone who works in their area of interest, you can ask them if they are hiring. Personal connections are a great way to land a job, so don’t be afraid to use yours to help your teen out. Past that, you can help them to scan online job postings, or mention any “Help Wanted” signs you come across while you are out. By helping your teen with the job search you can ensure they don’t apply for anything that seems illegitimate, and also take some of the burden off of their shoulders.

Work On Their Interview Techniques and Resume

Next, once they start applying for jobs, eventually they will likely need to interview for the job. Job interviews are a tough experience, especially if you’ve never been through one before. Your teen is likely nervous, and in need of some guidance. Let them know what the interview process is typically like, and go over some questions they are likely to face. Work with them on their answers, and help them to dress for the occasion.

Besides the interview, your teen may need to submit a resume when applying for the job. Chances are they don’t have much experience yet, but that doesn’t mean their resume needs to be blank. Put down the courses they are receiving good grades in, along with any extra-curricular activities they are involved with. If your teen has done any volunteer work, this is great to list on a resume as well. The more your teen can add to the resume, the better it will look when a manager goes over it. Once your teen is done creating their resume, offer to look it over for them and correct any mistakes. Check for typos, and see if there are any formatting changes you can make. Here are some resume tips you can use to improve your teen’s resume if you’re unsure of what to look for.

Moral Support

Finally, your teen is going to need moral support throughout the process. They might be nervous applying for jobs, or disappointed when they don’t land a job. Let them know it’s perfectly naturally to be a little nervous, and don’t let them give up if they miss out on a job opportunity. There’s going to come a time when they are on their own, and what they learn now about the job search process will likely stick with them as they grow older. Show them that it is a tough process, but that if they work at it and are persistent, they can land a job that they enjoy.

Help Your Teen Out – But not too Much

It’s great that you are willing to help your teen land their first job. Getting that first job is difficult, and sometimes teens just need a little advice or encouragement. But while you’re helping your teen, remember to not do everything for them. Let them create their resume, with you just offering some advice. Show them how to look for jobs, rather than bringing all of the open positions to their attention. Advice is great, but your teen also needs to learn how to do this on their own. Hopefully with your help however, they will land a job they love, and will be able to use your advice on all job searches going forward.

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