Finding Your First Job


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Finding Your First Job

  1. 1. Finding Your First Job Job Hunting Tips for Teens By William P. Breitsprecher
  2. 2. Labor Laws <ul><li>Laws restrict </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What work teens do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When teens work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations issues work permits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Issued to workers under 18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permit officers at school officials and other government offices </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Jobs for Young Teens <ul><li>Baby sitting </li></ul><ul><li>Pet sitting, dog walking </li></ul><ul><li>Lawn and yard work </li></ul><ul><li>Shoveling driveways </li></ul><ul><li>Household chores, cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Errands </li></ul><ul><li>Homework help/tutoring </li></ul>
  4. 4. Jobs for Older Teens <ul><li>Camp counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Cashier, retail </li></ul><ul><li>Child care assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Fast food, restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>Hotels, resorts </li></ul><ul><li>Lawn, yard maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Lifeguard </li></ul><ul><li>Office assistant </li></ul>
  5. 5. Consider Options <ul><li>What would you like to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Where would you like to work? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider advantages versus disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic </li></ul>
  6. 6. Make a Data Sheet <ul><li>Create list </li></ul><ul><li>School information, dates </li></ul><ul><li>Classes, honors </li></ul><ul><li>Activities, hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer work </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Applications <ul><li>Fill out completely </li></ul><ul><li>Accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to sign and date </li></ul><ul><li>Relax, take time </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, pick up, take home, fill-out, bring back with resume </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tips for Teens <ul><li>1. Be realistic </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May not start at ideal job or employer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep options open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Dress nicely, not flashy, even when just picking up application </li></ul><ul><li>Include resume with your application </li></ul><ul><li>4. Include school, club, and other activities on your resume </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tips for Teens (cont) 5. Be ready to talk about yourself or employer when you stop in 6. Never state objective as “making money” 7. State what you will learn from job, what you will do for employer 8. Never just leave application, ask to see the manager 9. If manager not in, politely ask to come back
  10. 10. Tips for Teens (cont) 10. Practice answering questions about yourself before interview 11. Research the employer, job duties 12. Talk about what you can do for the employer 13. Don’t be shy, but keep answers brief 14. Show interest 15. Be ready to ask questions yourself about the company, job
  11. 11. Tips for Teens (cont) 16. If asked about your faults, talk about something that can also be positive 17. Be calm, watch facial expressions and gestures 18. Look interviewer in the eyes 19. If uncomfortable, look at forehead (they can’t tell its not their eyes) 20. Thank people for interview 21. Follow up a few days later
  12. 12. Keep Positive Attitude <ul><li>Be persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t become discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from each contact, application, and interview </li></ul>