Job-Hunting Tips for High School Students

While we have stressed the importance of beginning to save money early for your future, you probably already realize that you need a job to begin saving money. If you’re a high school student, it can be hard to find a job because you don’t really have experience, and you may not even know where to begin.

Here are some tips to help you find a summer/part-time gig: 

  1. Ask around-Your friends or family members may know of a job opening. I have found several jobs simply by asking my friends if the place they work has an opening. This is also beneficial, because then you have a reference who can attest to your work ability and responsibility. 
  1. Check with your school-Many high schools have a list of job openings in the area. This can be an easy way to find out who is hiring. Ask your guidance counselor or the office if they have a list you to review. 
  1. Go door-to-door to pick up applications-Dress professionally, and go into each place you want to apply. Ask to speak to the manager, see if they are hiring, and ask for an application. This allows you to meet the manager face to face, and make a good first impression. It also shows that you really want the job. I believe that when you apply online, it’s very easy for your application to get overlooked.
  1. Dress professionally-For the interview, and when you go in to ask for an application. I can’t tell you how many times people came in to the store I worked at in pajamas to ask for an application. It looks SO bad. The same goes for once you get an interview. Dress professionally; even if you know it is a casual place, it will make a good impression.
  1. Don’t’ forget to follow up-About a week after you turn in the application and/or after your interview. Just call and say, “Hi, I have recently turned in an application, and am wondering if you have had a chance to review it. I am very interested in the position, and would enjoy speaking with you more about it.” This shows that you want the job, and are willing to work hard to get it. You can also follow up a week or so after an interview, to inquire if they have filled the position, and let them know you are still interested.
  1. Keep your availability open-As a high school student, you already have limited availability. If you are in a sport or other activity, this makes your availability practically nothing. Wait until the off season to begin applying, because people are much more willing to hire someone with an open, flexible schedule.

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