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Careers

There are so many amazing careers ahead of you when you are in High School, Community College, Tech School, University, or still just wandering, looking for a great area to focus your life on. There are a million ways to choose one as well. Most people choose a career or area of focus for their work as a specialty. Over the years it has been found that specializing is a fantastic way to build your reputation, credentials, and earning power. Today we call that a “Career”.

How To Choose A Career

There are countless ways to choose. You can focus on the things you like and find careers that maximize the time you will do those things. You can look at earnings potential. You can look at global impact for good. You can look at hot growing areas or high reputation areas. The most important thing to do is to just go ahead and pick an area and start moving in that direction. Here is some more information about specific ways you can choose your career or gain advice.

Personality Tests or Career Aptitude Tests

These are surveys that you fill out and provide some insight to the things you enjoy doing and you are good at and provide suggested careers based on those things. There are many tests out there and the quality varies greatly. Some tests will require a fee while others are free or paid for by the ads they show you. I suggest you do a google search for free career tests, complete a few, and find out what they suggest. You can use those suggestions as guidance for you to consider.

Here are some options:

Things you already enjoy

If you already know you love working with children or young adults then maybe you should be a teacher. If you already know you like working outside and building things then maybe a vocational trade is the right choice. Starting with what you already know and enjoy is a great way to simply continue down the path of starting or advancing a career.

Have some ideas? Do a job search.

Going to School

Going to school is a somewhat questionable track if you do not already know what you want to do since you will likely be paying a lot of money for classes that may not line up with your eventual choice. That said, it is a great place to be exposed to ideas and people and opportunities that you will not get at home or in your current job. Consider schools carefully. If you would like help choosing a school we can certainly help you there. Take this quick survey so we can match you up.

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Internships

Internships are a great way to get exposure to a field by working in its lowest level jobs while working with very experienced people. Internships are generally paid positions and can last anywhere from 3 months to 12 months depending on the business you get a position with. The best way to find internships is to find companies that are in the general area you are interested in and visit their jobs websites.

Here are some options from HerCampus.com

High growth fields

High growth fields are those that are or are expected to see a lot of new demand for people to enter them in the next five or so years. Past hot careers include software development, nurses, engineers, and machinists. A simple google search for Hot Careers will bring back a lot of great ideas.

See the US News Money report on the best jobs

High paying fields

These are areas where the pay is great once you get some experience. Anything in the software development or eCommerce field is a great example. Others include nursing, engineering, and biology.

Volunteering

Like an Internship, volunteering gives you exposure to careers but in a more indirect way. Generally you will be volunteering with a Not-For-Profit corporation. There are millions of them but they generally do not take up the same sort of work as for-profit companies. Definitely use volunteer positions as a way to build experience and if you can find a position in your field, excellent.

Check out this google search for volunteer opportunities which will show local results

Popular Career Choices

Software & Computer Technology

A career in computer and software technology can take many, many different forms. Common job titles include Software Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Tester, Analyst, Systems Engineer, and Application Engineer. Depending on the area you want to focus on different paths to your first job are recommended. For example, to enter an Information Technology department you just need to be curious, a good learner, and reliable. To enter Software Engineering you generally need a college degree.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Analytical thinking, problem solving, passion for technology, creativity.

Jobs: Search for jobs in the field

Health and Medical

Do you dream of being a nurse, doctor, dentist, radiology technician, councilor, physical therapist, or other jobs commonly found in hospitals, clinics, and care offices? This is your career area. People in these fields tend to feel personally rewarded by helping others improve their lives. Education varies greatly depending on your target job.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Care-giving, medical, problem solving, listening, communication.

Check out our Health and Medical Career Guide

Government

There are so many different jobs in government and types of governments that to describe this field is difficult. Two very well known career tracks are Politics and Public Service. You may also find a long career in the state or federal military branches. Other government jobs include road crews, park rangers, federal agents,  and bus drivers.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Varies by area of focus

Check out our Government Jobs Career Guide

Vocational Trades

Vocations are jobs commonly associated with construction of buildings or machines, for example, plumbers, insulators, carpenters, machinists, masons, dockworkers and countless others. If you enjoy working with your hands, having a varied work environment, and applying yourself to something that makes clear physical progress in the world then a career in the trades may be for you.

Education Required: High school to Tech school

Skills Required: Common sense, ability to learn, precision, communication

Check out our Vocational Trade Career Guide

Banking & Finance

This field is all about money, business, and investing. The field is very wide in that you can be anything from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to a financial adviser to a bank teller to a financial councilor to a debt collector. There is definitely something for everyone in this field and the education that you gain in building your education here will serve you in your personal life every day.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Precision, customer service, economics, finance

Check out our Banking And Finance Career Guide

Law & Security

Well developed countries all have something in common: laws and a need for security. This field is what would be typically considered “Law Enforcement” and “Military” but there are many other options as well. Did you know that security guards outnumber police officers? Everyone from the local government to the federal government to corporations to casinos have positions in this area and the requirements and tests required in each vary significantly.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Personal presence, personal protection training, customer service, loyalty

Check out our Law Enforcement and Security Career Guide

Utilities & Construction

If you like directly seeing the results of your work then the utility and construction sector are a great match. The number of careers you can enter in this field is vast though so you will need to spend some time considering which direction you want to go. Local governments, construction companies, trade organizations, and even housing developments employ people in this field and the education requirements vary widely from middle-school to graduate degrees in architecture and design and engineering.

Education Required: Middle school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Utility and Construction Industry Career Guide

Biotechnology

This field has everything to do with drugs (pharmaceuticals), viruses, animals, plants, and countless other specialties. Some well known careers include drug research and vaccine development. Chemistry and biology weigh heavily on this field and there are varying requirements for positions though in general education requirements are higher here than in other fields.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Biotechnology Career Guide

Media & Publicity

This is all about marketing. These days marketing is everything from social media to print to video to influencing. The field also includes everything from managing red carpet events to brand marketing specialists. With social media’s importance there are even software engineer and data analyst roles in this field. So, there is plenty to do and various areas you can get in to over time.

Education Required: High school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Green Technology

Green technology brings together many fields in to a hot growth area. Green technology is really just a marketing term for energy efficiency and thus you can see why this field can be so large. Construction, engineering, software, biotechnology, marketing, trades, and governments all have a role to play here. So, this is more of a theme than a specific career field. If you’re interested in this sort of thing though, you have an awesome career ahead of you.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Extremely varied

Check out our Green Technology and Energy Career Guide

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Job Titles

Category : Careers

While it is true that most young people are driven to look for jobs by the lure of extra spending money, the benefits of such jobs do not end there. These jobs could give extra boost when it is time for you to seek admission into college, as some institutions now look beyond just your educational grades. If you are thinking of getting your first job and in need of ideas on what you can do, here we present some job titles, with brief descriptions, to help you decide on what job you can do as a teenager.

Waiter

This sort of worker is charged with the duty of waiting tables in a food service establishment. As a waiter, you ensure that patrons are properly attended and the job can sometimes be a bit hectic. Pay is often below minimum wage, but tips usually make up for that.

Babysitter

A popular work option for teens, babysitting is ideal for someone who loves young children, more suitably for females. A babysitter takes care of kids while their parents are away, with duties including feeding, bathing and changing diapers.

Housekeeping assistant

You could get a job of housekeeping assistant in a hotel and your main duty entails keeping rooms tidy at all time. This sort of worker performs tasks such as vacuuming and washing of linens. Opportunity for tips also exists here.

Personal assistant

This job involves you providing different types of services to an older person. These services include running errands and doing any other tasks that the person you work with finds comfortable assigning to you.

Tutor

There are certainly one or two things that you can teach someone else by working as a tutor. You could take up the job of teaching a younger person a subject you are good at or teaching how to play an instrument, among others.

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Mover

Local packing and moving companies usually need young people to assist them with moving stuffs every now and then. If you are willing to flex your muscles a bit, this job might just do it for you.

Busser

In some very busy restaurants, teens are usually needed to work as busboy or busgirl, in addition to waiters. A busser is responsible for clearing away dirty dishes, setting tables and assisting a waiter or waitress in any other way.

Dog walker

Teens also do well as dog walkers, whose primary duty it is to ensure that canines get enough exercise. You will also often be responsible for feeding and watering dogs under your care.

Care giver

As a teenager, you could find job as a care giver for sick or elderly people. You will be charged with the responsibility of running errands for these people and probably also ensuring that they take their medications as due as well as other relevant tasks.

Bagger

Chances are that you have seen some workers bagging items at a local grocery store – they are very likely baggers. Other duties of a bagger, a role you may be able to apply for if you at least 14 years, includes welcoming customers and helping load groceries onto carts.

Stocker

This is another job you can get in a grocery store. A stocker’s work is to ensure that products are taken from where they are stored and arranged neatly on shelves. It is a good job for an introvert teen.

Car wash attendant

Your local car wash may need extra hands, especially in the summer months. Depending on your age and height, you could get the job of an attendant helping out with car washing. There is opportunity for getting tips in addition to your circa minimum wage earning.

Warehouse worker

Job opportunities exist for teenagers to assist with loading and unloading in warehouses and distribution centers. This sort of job is a great recommendation for those looking to work their muscles.

Animal shelter worker

If you are the kind of person that really loves having animals around, the job of an animal shelter worker might just be perfect for you. The job can be done on part-time basis and mostly involve taken care of animals and cleaning their enclosures. But be aware that you may be called to help out with putting sick animals to sleep – something you might not have the heart to stand.

Lawn care worker

This job entails helping those who are too busy to take care of their gardens and lawns. A lawn care worker helps to mow lawns, cut grasses and trim hedges ensuring the greenery looks pleasant to the eyes. There is opportunity of making good money if you are diligent at your work.

 

Newspaper delivery person

Teenagers have been doing newspaper delivery for a very long time and it remains a good job for extra spending money today. The job is pretty simple: just pick up the newspapers from the distribution centers and go place them at the doorsteps of subscribers.

Lifeguard

If you a good swimmer, this job may be perfect fit for you. A lifeguard helps to ensure that people are safe at swimming pools and beaches by keeping them from drowning. Aside the pay, this job offers you opportunity to make new friends.

Pizza delivery worker

The job of delivering pizzas is one you could consider if you love driving around. It gives a bit of freedom to enjoy yourself while making deliveries and you can also get tips every now and then. But this job is a bit hazardous in that delivery workers are occasionally assaulted or robbed.

Web designer

This job is good for those teens with expertise in designing websites and in need of part-time jobs. Web designers are well paid and you have the flexibility of working in a company or on a freelance basis via sites such as oDesk.

Data entry worker

Businesses often need people to help them gather and enter information into databases. For example, the job of a data entry worker could entail searching on the Internet for information and entering same into a spreadsheet or via a web interface.

Camp counselor

Extra hands are usually required to assist with activities during camping programs, which are especially more common in the summer months. Teenagers are brought on to guide younger children or help in any other way as the needs arise.

Sales associate

Sales associates or clerks help out with sales in retail stores. They advise customers on available products while making recommendations. The pay for a sales clerk is around minimum wage, but the job offers a good means of improving your people skills.

Product demonstrator

It is possible that you have seen people handling out samples at your local grocery store before and wonder what it would be like to be in their position. Those people are product demonstrators and you can work as one, even though you are a teenager. Average duties include ensuring cleanliness of the demonstration area, setting up products for demonstration and getting customers to try out samples to induce them into making a purchase.

Amusement park attendant

Amusement parks have predilection for hiring teenagers to work for them, possibly because their main customers are also young people. Your job as an amusement park attendant will usually involve helping out visitors, providing directions or information and ensuring that nobody is at risk of getting injured.

Dishwasher

This position is self-explanatory by merely looking at the job title. Big and busy restaurants require services of more than just waiters and bus persons. Dishwasher help to ensure that dirty dishes are properly washed, rinsed, and arranged in appropriate places.

 

There you have just some of the job titles that young people can consider taking up. These jobs and some other ones can easily be found on MyFirstPaycheck.com, if available. All you need do is to enter the job title you prefer and search for available openings. Being a teen, it may be advisable for you to search for only those jobs that are close to where you live – you can do this by entering your preferred location in the provided field. You can even refine your search further by using the full-time, part-time, internship, freelance and temporary filters.

The experience gained, in addition to wages, at these jobs can come in quite handy when applying to other jobs in the future or trying to gain admission into college. However, before thinking of taking up any of these or other jobs for teenagers, make sure that you are qualified for such by first consulting the child labor laws in your state.



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Advice Survey Results

Advice Survey Results

Welcome to the survey section of myfirstpaycheck.com where you can find advice from experienced members of the workforce or contribute your own.


Justin Guerra’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Selling newspapers

How did you find that first job?
Through an ad in the newspaper

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Location, distance from home, and hours of work.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Be polite. Be respectful. Dress nice.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me gain experience and learn what is expected in a workplace

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Have a positive attitude. You might not get hired with the first 5 or even 10 applications, but stay in there. Good things happen to those who wait.


Julie Lynn Hohnecker’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Lawn Mowing

How did you find that first job?
Neighbors and my parents.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Networking with other teenagers and family friends.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
To be honest and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me to be a better person by knowing that I am doing and helping someone else because they are too old to do it themselves.


J. Pelley’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Bailing and stacking hay

How did you find that first job?
My neighbor asked me to help him when I was done bailing my own hay.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Distance, hours, income

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make a good first impression. Dress well, not grungy.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Discipline and endurance.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t try to go for a job you’ve got no chance of getting.


Anonymous’ Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitting

How did you find that first job?
I set out on my street and told all of my neighbors that I was starting a babysitting service and everything took off from there

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Ask yourself, do you enjoy doing this job? Do you make enough money? Is it worth it?

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
The first impression means everything, don’t be late.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
This job has helped me become more responsible.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Think outside the box


Austin’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Yard Work

How did you find that first job?
My older brother worked for a man that my dad works with and still does, my brother worked for him for many years and decided to quit because he found a real job and he asked if I would take his place and after thinking about it, I did.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
You should be careful on the type of job like if you want to make smoothies for a job than you should make sure that they have a good business report and would be in the right level for you to be working in.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make sure that you are going to be able to answer the questions given without thinking about them for a while, and speak clearly so they know who there hiring.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I found that as I got older you are able to interact with that person easier and are able to get the job done and right to make that person happier, and the more work that you do may be hard but after words it would have really been worth it. As you get older you’ll be able to find better ways to spend and more importantly save the money you have made.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
I would definitely try to find a job some where close to home and as you work try to interact with the person you are working with and be positive!


Clorissa’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitting

How did you find that first job?
My mom helped me find jobs.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Don’t give out your information without permission, and if your only a teen, bring an adult with you. Another important thing to remember is body language.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
You should know a lot about the job before you go into it because it might be something you are not capable of.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me some responsibility.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Use good body language and stay in school for any job/career you want. Trust me, school gets you really far in life.


SJ’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Mowing Grass

How did you find that first job?
Through family and friends

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make eye contact, stand straight, and smile.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Speak fluently and don’t yell.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me patience.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do not whine when you don’t get the job you want.


Alisha’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked on an animal farm

How did you find that first job?
I heard about the job from a friend.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure the work is something you are familiar with.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make eye contact.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
This job helped make me more responsible in a lot of ways

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Look for a job that your kind of familiar with


Haley’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitter

How did you find that first job?
My aunt was looking for someone to babysit my four cousins so I decided to help.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure you know what the pay and hours are for the job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Having a job prepares me for life

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your best


George S.’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Intern at engineering firm

How did you find that first job?
Pure luck! My mother was working at a bookstore, and the director of this firm purchased the exact stack of books that I had purchased the previous week. My mother commented on the coincidence, the man offered his business card, and the following week, I had an interview.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Have an open mind!

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Remember the motto of the British Special Air Services: PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE. Plan ahead, get there early, and know what you’re walking into.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Even though I will never pursue engineering, the skills I learned at the firm have taught me to think visually, spatially, and mathematically.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
HAVE CONFIDENCE! DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! THERE ARE NO “STUPID QUESTIONS”


Karyn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Waitress

How did you find that first job?
I spoke to people at a locally owned little restaurant

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Location (since being on time is really important, and as a teenager I didn’t have my own car when I got my first job) Location (since being on time is really important, and as a teenager I didn’t have my own car when I got my first job) Impressions are really important, dress appropriately, and if you are going to inquire about a job, timing is important…so at a restaurant don’t ask to talk to a manager about a job during a really busy Friday night. When filling out an application make sure you write very carefully (best hand writing and no mistakes).

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Have some knowledge about the company you want to work at, be ready for them to ask you popular questions (like identify a weakness) and be prepared to frame your answers in a way that puts a good spin on it. Also it’s a good idea to think about what question(s) you might want to ask them, because many employers will ask you if you have questions. Punctuality is essential – don’t be late…especially for an interview or your first day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Learning how to work with people, and in a restaurant serving people, gave me an understanding for the food business that I still find useful today. When the money you make is directly affected by the work of other people (tips aren’t so good when things are going wrong) you learn to pitch in and help wherever you can. I also think it helped me to multitask and have a good memory, I would suggest that everyone works in the food service industry at some point, it’s a good experience.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your homework, look around, and be prepared for it not to be what you expect. People have an average of 7 job changes in their lives, so your first job is most likely not going to be your last. Try to stick it out, and remember that your experiences (good or bad) will follow you when you leave.


Katherine’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Toy Store Clerk

How did you find that first job?
I called the toy store.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Don’t dress messy.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
No, i was fired after 2 weeks

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t dress messy. Be on time.


Sam Blum’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Cold Stone Creamery

How did you find that first job?
I went out and filled out a bunch of applications. Cold Stone called me first, so I took it.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Keep an open mind.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Don’t be nervous. If you’ve gotten the interview, or it’s your first day, your employer thinks you can take on the job. Stay confident, be friendly, and most importantly, be yourself.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
My co-workers have become my great friends. It was my first “adult” experience, as I was able to take on new challenges, try new things, and have a great time making money.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Apply everywhere you can, you can always turn someone down. I got my job before my first paycheck, but if I was first looking now, Myfirstpaycheck.com would be a really great place to start.


Nita’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
baby sitting

How did you find that first job?
asked by a friend

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
find people you can trust and display good work ethic themselves

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
relax, dress nice but comfortably, smile, lean forward, shake hands, be pleasant

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
I love kids and liked finding work involving children… I got a good recommendation too.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Find work that you like so you look forward to going to work.


Lois’ Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked at Pretzel Time in the mall

How did you find that first job?
My friends and I were mall rats. Most of us had jobs at various stores in the mall so we knew the managers and other employees.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
What kind of person do you want to work for? What kind of people do you want to work with?

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Know where you need to go and how to get there, know the dress code, ask questions when you don’t know something.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
The networking I did from that job helped me get jobs for the next four years (even in another city when I went away to college). I still use the networking skills I gained at that job.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Be okay starting at the bottom and working your way up…almost everyone has to do it. Have fun with your job and have fun with the people you work with.


Alberto’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Bagger/Cashier- Acme Supermarket

How did you find that first job?
I decided to get a job last summer, and I applied to Acme online. They called me back several weeks later.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Employers love to here from you. If you apply, wait a week, and then call them back “regarding your application”, it let’s them know that you are confident and assertive. Don’t, however, take this to the extreme and call the day after you apply.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Interview etiquette is pretty straight forward. Be polite, but make sure they know they can’t take advantage of you. Make sure you fully understand the job guidelines as well as the salary you are going to receive.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
If you’re looking for a summer job: -apply early and to many different places, because EVERYBODY is applying at the same time. I recommend starting in March or April. I waited, and I missed about a month of the summer going through the process instead of making money. -Pretty much nobody except beaches and pools wants a worker who will only stay for the summer. They won’t hire you unless you commit for at least through the fall.


Doug’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Fuel Transfer Technician (gas pumper)

How did you find that first job?
I looked on www.myfirstpaycheck.com. Just kidding! That website was just a glimmer in the eye of a bunch of Lavins at that time. The truth is that a kid on my basketball team was quitting and so I took his spot when he left.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure that the job will help you achieve some definite goals, whether they be developing new skills, gaining experience, making money, or whatever. Try to get a job where you are surrounded by a good team of people that will help you and encourage you.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Bring phone numbers for your references. I always forget that one!

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Being a gas pumper at Sunoco? Hmmm. It’s made me want to ride a bicycle everywhere I go. That’s good, right?

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Go for the gusto. Be bold. Be Sincere.


Max’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Waiter

How did you find that first job?
I was walking around and saw a help wanted sign

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
To be open and not to critical

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Be polite, neat, respectful, and try to not to be nervous and freak out

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
My first job I had a boss who was a an incredibly unhappy person who was always riding me and my fellow employees, working there helped me learn to deal with that kind of situation.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t be to critical, never feel trapped, never work for an establishment that treats you terribly dont be afraind to stick up for yourself


AL in DC’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Receptionist

How did you find that first job?
The easy way, I got a job at my father’s office when I was 16 year old.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It is important to come to an interview ready to ask questions. Now that I am in a position to hire people, much of my evaluation of candidates’ question about the company and the job.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Before you start ask questions about dress code. Don’t make the mistake of dressing at the lower end of the dress code. Your dress tells your colleagues a great deal about how seriously you take yourself and your job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I was lucky that in my first few jobs I worked for people who felt it was their responsibility to teach me good skills and habits. My first boss told me that I should begin to straighten my desk when the clock struck 5 o’clock and not a moment before. I should actively work and not appear to be waiting to race from the office.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Keeping knocking on doors. Job hunting is depressing and discouraging until the day you get the job. You forget the tough times immediately.


Susan Kilborn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Assistant in the local public library

How did you find that first job?
I was in the library alot and asked if they needed summer help.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Try to think what you like to do most and try to get a job doing that or around other people who are doing it in a support capacity. Persistence is almost always a winner. Keep checking back, dropping by and emailing the place where you really WANT to work. Once you get a job there, ask for help. Ask for feedback. Ask for more responsibility if you see an opportunity for it. Work and SMILE.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
I jumped the gun and answered this one up above.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I still love libraries.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Ask questions. Try to learn something about the place where you work before you get there. such as asking for the roster of personnelle so you can start learning the names of the people who work there. Volunteer for work if you don’t have anything to do. Don’t just sit there!


Emily’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Tennis instructor

How did you find that first job?
through my tennis coach

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
make sure you do something you love

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
dress professionally, arrive early

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me discipline

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your research!


Steve in Seattle’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Window Washer

How did you find that first job?
I teamed up with a buddy and we brought squeegee’s and soap and a bucket to an outdoor strip mall and told each store that we were real experienced, and finally an art store hired us on a regular basis. I think we got a couple more stores, and after a couple weeks we actually got pretty good at window washing.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
If you depend on walking or bicycling, or the bus or mom & dad to drive you, consider the convenience of the place you are selecting. Pay attention to the workers already there who you might have to work with. You might ask them, without letting the boss hear you, how long they have worked there, and do they like it. If you sense that three or four people have recently left, and that everyone there is somewhat new, then the “turn over” is high, and the boss might be a grouch, or expect more work out of you than what the job desciption says.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Well, I am no longer a teen. But I was a teen once. I would suggest making a great first impression on the one in charge of hiring you. Give them eye contact and a firm handshake, and try not to look down like you are shy or frightened, even if you are. If they ask your name, say it clearly as though you are proud of your name. And yes, dress a bit fancier than what will be expected if hired. You can always roll up your sleeves when they get comfortable with you, but if you start out dressed too casual, it is hard to become more formal at that point. The hardest part of an interview in your situation might be if your future boss decides to engage you in small talk, such as, “How about those Eagles?” or…”What music do you listen to?” It can get tricky, but just be aware in advance that you might have to say something about sports or music or a certain movie or TV show. I would advise you to pretend to first take interest in what team or TV show your future boss likes, then agree with their taste, or say, “My parents like the same thing you do.” It is less about what you answer, than how. Grown-ups just want to feel like their teen employees will be able to carry on an intelligent conversation, and not steal from them. If the interviewer says anything that seems the slightest bit inappropiate or too personal, remember not everything is their business, and it would be best to politely excuse yourself and look for work elsewhere.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?Regardless of your age, the bottom line is you are costing your boss money if you get hired. They have something you want, or need, and it pays to smile and be respectful to them.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
If you are handed a job application, offer three or more “character” references, as you will not yet have any job references. The best character references come from local business owners, politicians, priests, rabbis, and ministers, who are well established. Perhaps you are regular customers at a local grocery store, car repair place, or nursery, and have gone in with your mother or father, or friend. Or a dentist, or alderman is your neighbor, and you go to school with their kids. You can ask them permission to put their name and business/occupation and number down on your job application. It really “beefs it up,” and, again, gives the impression you are honest, not spacy, and won’t take drugs…the stuff older folks who own businesses have concerns about when they think “teen.”


Ari S’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at the Narberth Cheese Company as a sales associate.

How did you find that first job?
All I did was walk around town and look for “Help Wanted” signs. When you see them, I went into the store and asked for an application.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

  1. Location: It has to be easy and cheap for you to get to.
  2. Your Commitment: You have to know how much time you are able to work and be honest about it.
  3. Your Capability: Can you see yourself working at the place you are applying? Meaning is it over your head or not, and are you able to stand doing it You don’t have to like it, but that would be a plus. Also, when you go to ask for an application it would be great if you did not look like a slob. First impressions are key.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Once again, don’t look like a slob when you go to the interview. If you feel like it, dress up a little…it never hurts. And for the first day (and maybe even first month) don’t get hung up on little things that you mess up. You’re new, you’ll be corrected, and then you move on.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?The Cheese Company has been a great experience for me. In fact, I’m still there (I’ve only been there for a year though). I do everything from sales, to inventory, to janitor…ing. I have met a lot of people and learned about many things, not all of which are about cheese.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?

  1. If you are applying for the summer, don’t wait until the end of school.
  2. Most places will require working papers, so get those from your school’s main office or guidance office.
  3. Be practical about where you are going to work
  4. Not to sound too lame, but try to have a little fun with it…if that’s at all possible.

Mark’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I taught swimming to kids at the local YMCA.

How did you find that first job?
The assistant coach to my high school swim team worked there.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

  1. Find a job that you can get to without relying on someone else.
  2. It’s your first job, not a career. So, although it’s always best to do something interesting, don’t sweat it if it’s not.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?

Interview:

  1. Be serious, but also yourself at the interview. They’re usually more interested in whether you’ll fit in than whether you know how to do the job, especially when we’re talking first job-type stuff like cashier, line cook, etc.
  2. Dress to impress. You should be dressed about one notch fancier than what you would actually wear to the job.

First day:

  1. Show up early. It shows you’re responsible and gives you time to get the lay of the land.
  2. Dress to impress. Just like #2 above. It shows you’re serious. You can dress down on your second or third day.

Employment:

Remember, the reason it’s called work and it’s something you’re paid to do is because it’s not always fun. Even rock stars hate their jobs some days.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?

Teaching is actually something I’ve done on and off ever since my first job. So I guess that I lucked out and found something that I really enjoy doing.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?

Pound the pavement and don’t be disappointed if you get turned down the first few times.


Ari’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at Thrift Drug as a cashier
How did you find that first job?
I walked around looking for summer jobs until I found it.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
As a teen? Get as much money as you can because anything you do will be fairly dull.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Make sure you are clean and well dressed, always be enthusiastic about everything

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Back then I learned how to deal with customers and today, I still deal with them, only now, I call them clients.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
At this young age, follow the money.


Ronn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
McDonald’s Cashier

How did you find that first job?
I walked in and asked them if they hired 14-year-olds (Nowhere else did)

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Are you going to be able to be cheerful at the job? How badly do you need the money? Could you get something better? Remember, this isn’t a career.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Try to seem independent, despite being dependent on your parents. Just act intelligent. A place like McDonalds doesn’t care about your skills or anything.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I know I never want to work as a cashier. I value money in terms of hours of McDonalds work now.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Your best bet as someone with no experience is to get a job through a relative.


Josh’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Soccer Referee

How did you find that first job?
A friend of mine was doing it, and I asked him how I could get involved

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
You’ve got to be realistic about logistics, including how many hours you can work (and want to work). It’s nice to make money, but you if you spend all of your time in school and then at work, you’re going to miss out on a lot of enjoyment. Remember, the older you get, the more you end up working and you have less time for yourself.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Take everything seriously. Employers look for maturity and a sense of responsibility.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
As a referee you take a lot of criticism, no matter how good you are. It was important for me to learn how to take criticism (even though it may not be constructive). I also learned to stay confident in the face of criticism.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Find something you like to do or are interested in and see if there is any way to get paid while being involved in it. For me, I loved playing soccer, so I looked for ways to get paid while being around the game. If you get into the habit of working for money, you will always just be working for money. But if you get into the habit of getting paid for doing what you like to do, you will end up much happier.


Austin’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Mowing Lawns and Shoveling Snow

How did you find that first job?
Went to neighbors who I knew, talked to my parents friends, friend’s parents, anywhere where I could walk

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

It’s important to find something that you enjoy because it’ll make working easier. I liked being outside and having control of my own hours so landscaping was never hard.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?

Show them that you want the job, and be capable of your own abilities. Most kids have worked in some capacity; babysitting, petsitting, yardwork, etc. remember that you are capable of handling the responsibility, and than make sure you do a good job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me get the next job and the job after. I was able to take on a big landscaping project for a neighbor and a friend that involved multiple days and hiring my brothers, but I knew I could do the job, and I could it cheaper than a professional landscaper. I was also able to use that experience to obtain my first salaried position, at a plant nursery.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Be persistent. If you aren’t getting rejected, you’re not trying hard enough.


Nick’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Receptionist at a Law Firm

How did you find that first job?
A friend of the family worked there

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It’s important to remember how the expenses of getting to the job, etc, are going to effect the amount of $ you take home – for example, one place may pay more than another, but it’s so far away that the expenses of the commute kind of even the salaries out.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
If you act like you don’t want to be there, you’re not going to be there for long.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It’s helped me realize that I never want another job that requires me to answer phones with the same line, all day long.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
You’re probably not going to get a job that you actually like – welcome to the world of work.


Bracha’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at the Mall of America for Gapkids (and spending all of the money I made at gap–great discount!)

How did you earn that first job?
I knew a friend that had started there so i was able to get an interview

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It’s important to know how you’ll get there and back every shift, if you will be able to work the number of hours you want, if you will be able to make “enough” money, how the boss is, how the staff is, the perks, etc.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
It’s important to present yourself well, which usually means dressing up a little bit, not chewing gum, cell phone off. It’s important to maintain open communication so if you have a question about the first day, or any day, that you ask your supervisor. Better to ask than to try to figure it out yourself

How has that job helped you as you grew older?
It helped me get my second job, which helped me get my third job, etc. also, I think that at some point everyone should work in the service industry (retail, restaurants, theme parks) because even though people can get rude, if you can handle the crowd you can handle any assignment further down the line.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for their first job?
Use any connections from friends or family members that you might have (or websites that cater to first time employees!), don’t get discouraged if not everyone is hiring, or they do not hire you. Find the places that are hiring, drop off applications, ask when you should expect a call, and follow up by that time by calling to talk to the manager.



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Jobs For 13 Year Olds

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Category : Jobs For , My First Job

While younger teens might not be able to legally take on part-time work in larger establishments, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than enough jobs for 13 year olds out there for those that go beyond babysitting. After all, a little bit of creativity can pay off big when it comes to your bank account! And there’s never been a better time to start brainstorming about what sort of part-time work you can manage, what companies you can work for, and how you will land that job.

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Where to Find Jobs Locally

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As a teenager, searching for a job can be difficult. Most job searches will provide results for degree holders, but not for teenagers who are looking to earn some extra cash from an after school or a summer job. Fortunately, there are a few places that you can look to find a good job around your town.

  1. Bulletin Boards: Bulletin boards can be found in a variety of places around town and are ideal for finding information on various things, including job possibilities. You will most likely see bulletin boards in grocery stores, post offices, cafes, and news shops, which means the postings will be very local. People will use these to post things for sale, services offered, classes, lost or missing things or animals, and jobs. A job post should provide a brief description of the job type, responsibilities, and location. There should definitely be contact information so that you can inquire and even apply for the position. Some postings will have tear offs at the bottom of the page with the contact information so you can take it with you.
  2. Community Centers: Community Centers are a great resource for your job search. There are usually a lot of job opportunities there because they have connections with a variety of groups and organizations throughout town. If you like active, hands on, and creative jobs, this is a good place to work as community centers run a lot of sports and games activities, day camps, and various classes such as art.
  3. Newspapers: Although the internet is taking over most things in our life, the newspaper is still used. In the classifieds section of your newspaper you will find job postings for opportunities in your area. You will be provided with contact information so that you can inquire with the employer.
  4. Word of mouth: One of the best ways to find a job is by networking. Let people know you are looking for a local job, whether you prefer babysitting, waiting tables, or an office job. The more people you talk to, the higher the chances are that someone will know of a job opportunity for you. Networking is also beneficial because through your connections you may be able to meet with the employer directly, rather than with their secretary or another employee.

 



With all of these options, you will have a variety of jobs to apply to in order to earn some extra money during the school year or during your summer vacation!