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.

Career Trend

Experts predict where the jobs will be in 2014

By understanding the major trends that are affecting our lives, parents will be able to play an active role in helping children planning and guiding their career. However, predicting future is the most difficult thing, there is no guarantee. Almost all jobs, no matter how secure they are, due to the economy and unexpected changes in technology and other factors, they will experience ups and downs. The key to survive and thrive in the career is to be the best at what we do and be flexible.

Ten Fastest Growing Occupations for College Grads

  1. Network systems and data communications analysts
  2. Physician assistants
  3. Computer software engineers, applications
  4. Computer systems analysts
  5. Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education
  6. Computer software engineers, systems software
  7. Network and computer systems administrators
  8. Database administrators
  9. Physical therapists
  10. Forensic science technicians

Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.