Summer Jobs: Beyond the
How to Find, Apply, and Snag the
Summer Job of Your Dreams
Why get a Summer Job?
Learning about the Laws of Employment
Researching Job Possibilities
Completing a Job Application
Closing the Deal and Other Final Words
Benefits of Summer Employment
No School During the Summer Months
Law Allows You to Work More Hours
Allows on the job training for career
Looks good on the College Application
The Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
sets wage, hours worked, and safety
requirements for minors (individuals
under age 18) working in jobs covered
by the statute.
The Fair Labor Standards Act
As a general rule, the FLSA sets 14 years
of age as the minimum age for
employment, and limits the number of
hours worked by minors under the age
The Law: Age Requirements
18 years and up
You can work any job for anyamount of time.
16 – 17 years old
You can work any non-hazardous job for any
amount of time.
The Law: Age Requirements
14 – 15 years old:
You can work outside school hours in non-hazardous jobs, such as:
fast food service,
Your hours are a bit more limited, especially on school days, when you
can work a maximum of three (3) hours a day.
This increases to a maximum of eight (8) hours a day on Saturday and
During the school session, the maximum you can work in a week is 18
During the summer, you can work up to 40 hoursin a week.
14 – 15 years old
No more than
3 hours a day during
the school week
that you can
Can work 8
hours each day
During the summer months
7am – 9pm
June 1- Labor Day
What Hours Can I Work?
Work may not begin before 7 a.m. or
end after 7 p.m. except from June 1
through Labor Day, when evening
hours are extended to 9 p.m.
Permission to Work
The US Government doesn’t require you to have any
special paperwork completed giving you permission to
Your state may require these documents for working
teens under age 18
You can also check with your state’s labor department
by typing in the following Web address into your Internet
How Much Will I Make?
A minimum wage is the lowest
hourly, daily, or monthly wage that
employers may legally pay to
employees or workers.
First Things First
Are you looking for a summer job so you can earn
spending money, or are you looking for experience in a
certain field so you can plant the seeds of a possible
Does the job reflect responsibilities that interest
Do you meet the age and experience requirements?
How many hours will you work per week?
Is the location convenient?
What is the pay?
Jobs for Teens
Delivery driver jobs
Grocery clerk jobs
Host & hostess jobs
Clothing store associate
Lawn Care Specialist
Cook or Dishwasher
Photo tech jobs
Don’t Let this Happen to You!
“My summer job was super gross.”
“I worked at a pool last summer where my official title was "pool
aide." … I had to clean up throw-up, sweep up smushed food, scrub
toilets, stand at the bottom of the slides for hours – leading to my
knee pains, wash out the showers, pull the hair out of the drains,
listen to the complaints of parents who didn't think their un-pottytrained child needed a swim diaper, pick up dirty diapers in the
bathrooms, and the best part; clean out the drains from the pool. You
could find just about anything in there, from Band-Aids to G. I. Joes.”
Landing your first job
How do you gain experience if an employer
won’t hire you due to lack of experience?
Should you settle for a low-paying job just to
get a foot in the door?
How high should you set your expectations for
a first-time job?
The first job: Money or Experience
If you already know what type of career
you’d like to start pursuing, it can be an
experience-building stepping stone. If you
know you want to go into business, working
in retail or customer service will give you
practical business building skills.
Your first job can also expose you to
experiences you never thought you’d
enjoy. You may think you’ll hate flipping
burgers for a few hours a day, then find
yourself applying to culinary schools.
Sometimes a job might not be exactly
what you’re looking for, but it puts you in
contact with people or organizations that
might help you in the future.
Who knows who you might meet who
will either help you out with a job down
the road or benefit from your help.
So Where do I Start?
Realistic Summer Job Expectations
Get Yourself Connected
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Know Where to Look
Persistence Pays Off
What is a reference?
Do you know the typical application looks like?
Do you know your phone number?
The address to your school?
The contact information for other places you
have worked or volunteered?
Information for your references?
What do callers hear when they call
Is your email address easily
Acing the Interview
You’ve sent in your application, ironed your
shirt, and sat by the phone and waited. Then
one day, your cell phone rings. It’s one of the
employers you have applied to – and they want
to talk to you. Take a deep breath and relax.
You’ll do great, at least if you follow these
Simple Do’s and Don'ts
Make a Great First Impression
Dress to Impress
Use Common Sense
When an interview is over, be sure
you say thank you, regardless of how
you feel the interview went.
The best way to say “Thanks” is a
handwritten note to whomever you
Other Final Words
Work experience is PRICELESS. By
accepting a job that doesn’t pay your ideal
hourly wage, you are setting yourself up to
make more next time. Take advantage of
the opportunity by doing the kind of work
that will land you a positive employer