How to help a Teen get a Job

Teens often find work a dirty four letter word, but still it is necessary for most teens to find at least a part time job. With ever changing job market and the downsizing, everyone is having trouble finding work. Teens may now need to compete with older more experienced people. This being the case, teens could use some help.

Parents need to overlook the disadvantages of a teen getting a job as it is so important in teaching a young person responsibility. Since most kids today want everything and believe money truly does grow on trees, they need to earn money to help pay for their extras.

If your teen dislikes work, step one for the parent is to make it mandatory for them to get a part time job. Force their hand on this as it is wise for the work ethic to be learned, better late than never. You can cut off other funds or just refuse to buy the extras to help this along. This of course is for the older teen that is refusing to work. No need to take such a hard line with young teens just reaching the age of doing something to earn money.

Make sure they have the basics of applying for a job. If timid, they need coaching as to what to say. They should learn how to fill out an application correctly. Parents may need to help in these areas.

Use the newspaper more as a way to get an idea what your teen would like to do than an actual way to find employment. Fewer ads appear now, and more people apply for those even part time.

As your teen reads ads, you can comment on what that job will probably involve. Remind kids that fast food places expect you to wipe tables, sweep floors, ad often clean up grills and machines. Even in retail, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning the bathrooms and dusting is a major part of the new clerk’s job.

When you have worked through the paper and found some ideas, you must help them think about transportation. Where will they be able to work? Can they ride their bike or walk? Will they need a ride or are they able to drive themselves? This may depend on what job they can take if it is offered.

Once some ideas are found, you can begin the actual looking. Take them a few places to get them started. Do not get out of the car or in any way interfere. They need to learn the application routine. Tell them whenever possible to fill the application out right there. Hopefully, you spent some time helping them figure out what to say on it. It is helpful for them to carry a cheat sheet with numbers, references, past jobs if any etc. so they can fill out all the information.

Waiting for them can be a pain if you are very busy, but might be just the necessary push they need and it will give your teen more confidence. Shows the employer that they come from a family that cares and makes them feel this kid just might be a good employee.

Sometimes, they need to bring applications home and then you can advise them on filling it out. Get it done and back quick as possible since the job market is so competitive.

If you know of any person with a small business, you could ask them if their hiring and would they consider your teen. If they tell them to apply that is usually a good sign. Do not use influence unnecessarily and do not be pushy, just casually ask or let them know your teen is looking. They may advise someone else that is hiring.

Teach your teen to dress appropriately for job hunting as close to what the teen would wear at that job. Talk politely and be alert to what is being asked and said. Armed with good references preferably form professional people like a teacher or pastor, they will stand a good chance of landing a job.

Then all you need to do is teach them what a good day’s work means and you will have it made.