Top 5 Summer Jobs for Teens

Most teens view summer as a time for relaxation and vacation; however, some think summer is a best season to take challenge, to learn more, to experience more. Summer jobs for teens should be safe, social, and valuable. Here are some popular Summer Jobs that let teens gain work experience for the future.

If the teen enjoys working with kids and excels at school subjects such as math, English, science, computer software, foreign languages, he or she can establish a money-making tutoring service. Tutoring younger children on school subjects, foreign language or computer software are great ways to help others while strengthening his or her own knowledge. This opportunity will improve the teen’s teaching skills, self-confidence and responsibility.

Some teenagers have figured out which field they want to pursue. If the teen wants to gain experience for his or her professional future, an internship is the best way. Although many internships are unpaid, the job experience can lead to future employment. By an internship, the teen will learn professional knowledge, improve self-confidence, and gain real-world experience.

Starting a Business
Starting a business for the summer is a great way for a teen to learn running a business and earn some extra cash at same time. Some ideas include car washing, house painting, and pet care. Entrepreneurship is a great opportunity for teens to improve their time-management and organization skills, reliability, confidence and responsibility.

Landscaping and lawn care are booming businesses during the summer. It is a challenging job because it entails manual labor and long hours. If the teen loves designing, outdoors and nature, this job is right for him or her. He and she will enhance his or her creativity and benefit from the physical activity while learning about hard working, time management and responsibility.

Food Services
If the teen loves interacting with people, restaurant employment might be right for him or her. He or she can choose to work as a cashier, server, food runner, dish washer, and prep cook etc. Food industry jobs can help teens develop people skills, time-management skills, self-esteem and responsibility.

How to Protect Working Teens?

Many teenagers gain valuable experience, learn skills, and improve self-confidence by working. In the meantime, working teenagers also face some risks. Because working teenagers are young and have no or less social and work experience, they are more likely to get hurt at work than adults. Parents, employers and young workers should work together to ensure that work is a safe and positive experience for teens.

Here are some suggestions parents may take to help your working teenagers stay safe and gain good experience at work.

Before teenagers starting work

1. Learn the child labor laws and make sure the teen knows them well
Federal and state child labor laws are designed to restrict the working environments, tasks and hours that teens work. They act as a basic rule to protect working teens. However, different country, different state has different laws. Parents should do research carefully.

2. Decide what kind of job is acceptable
Depends on each teen’s individual and family needs, bottom line is safety and health first.

3. Set limits on working hours
Studies have shown that working teenagers who work more than 20 hours a week or work late at night are less alert in class and less prepared, which lead to bad school performance. Working long hours and/or late also affects teens’ health.

4. After the teen passed the interview, talk with him or her about the job
For example, ask the teen about what tasks he or she is asked to do? Whether the teen will be trained to do the assigned tasks safely? Whether the workplace looks safe?

5. Go to the possible workplace and meet the supervisor
Walk around to confirm it is a safe place. Ask the supervisor of your working teenagers where he or she is while your teens are working and get his or her contact information. If possible talk with the future co-workers as well.

After teens started working

1. Remind your working teenagers safety rules frequently
For example, to follow federal and state child labor laws and other safety rules and tips.

2. Talk about his or her job and feeling about the job frequently
For example, whether the employer follows federal and state child labor laws? Whether the teen gets along with co-workers?

3. Go to your teens’ workplace when he or she is working several times
Confirm that he or she works safely and observe the teen’s workplace, be aware of any unsafe factors.

4. Talk about your working teenagers’ concerns
For example, whether he or she feels overloaded? Is there any difficulty?

5. Contact related agencies if need additional help
Government and law offices have more assistance to protect working teenagers.

To learn more about protecting your working teenagers and improve your parenting skills, please refer to great parenting books.

Interview Tips

When the applicant is invited to an interview it means that the hiring manager believes he or she may be a good match for the job opening, and want to know for sure about it. For the job applicant, it is important to make use of the interview to determine whether the available position is a right job.

Job interview tips give the applicant information about how to face the interview. The most important tip to an interview is to be well prepared. Here are some job interview tips serving a guide to help to achieve a successful interview.

  1. Prepare the possible questions related to the resume.
  2. Check the company’s website and learn about the company.
  3. Write down and practice possible interview questions. Example questions are:
    • Tell me something about yourself.
    • Why are you looking for a new job or why did you leave your old one?
    • What is unique about you?
    • How do you define success?
    • What is the toughest situation you have had in your personal or professional life?
    • How did you deal with it?
    • What is the difference between a good position and an excellent one?
    • Where would you like to be in five years?
    • What are your salary requirements?
  4. Confirm about the date, time, and location of the interview and name of interviewee.
  5. Dress appropriately for the job position.
  6. Bring the interview letter and a spare resume.
  7. Plan to get there 10 to 15 minutes earlier before the interview time.
  8. Check in with the receptionist on arrival.
  9. Make a good first impression.
    • Good smile always please people.
    • Introduce yourself with firm handshake.
    • Eye contact showing confidence.
  10. Do not talk too much. Listen carefully; remember that communication is two-way things. A general rule is the applicant should speak one-third of the time and definitely no more than half of the time.
  11. Do not interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking.
  12. Be enthusiastic and positive. Do not say bad words for the previous employers. Talk positive achievements and views.
  13. Talk about specific achievements.
  14. Ask the appropriate questions. Example questions are:
    • Why has the job become available?
    • What qualities are you seeking in the person for this job?
    • What’s the time frame to fill this position?
    • What attributes are most needed to succeed in this job?
    • What is the next step?
  15. Be honest with every question. Job interviews are about matching needs, a good match benefits both the applicant and company.
  16. Follow up by sending an interview thank-you note.