When teens look for summer jobs, many will be entering the world of work for the first time. Here are some tips to help young people deal with that new, challenging and often scary experience.
The financial blog ChristianPF.com offers teens the following tips to find a summer job that they will love – and one that will also give them the experience necessary when seeking a long-term position.
According to the blog, teens this summer may find themselves competing for jobs that previously had little or no competition. With the current unemployment rate so high, teens need to be fully prepared when trying to land that coveted position.
When job-searching, teens should consider both the value for today and the value for tomorrow.
“One reason teens should work is to develop important life skills – not just increase their income. Moreover, when you work hard for a paycheck, you are in a better position to combat teen spending and consumerism,” the blog advises.
Teens should try to secure summer jobs that not only pay well, but also help advancement toward life goals.
ChristianPF.com suggests that teens find a position either in a field of interest, in a job that gives them interaction with the public, or a job that helps them improve a skill.
“The obvious reason to work in a field of interest is so you can get to play the profession – do you like the job as much as you had anticipated? What parts of the job do you enjoy and what don’t you like?” the blog says.
Teens who work in a job that requires them to interact with the public will benefit, regardless of their future plans. For example, a position in the service industry, such as that of a waiter, will help teens learn how to relate to, and deal with, others.
Teens also should consider the safety of the job.
Some jobs offer young employees more competitive wages because the occupational danger is higher. When considering a job, according to ChristianPF.com, teens should steer away from driving and delivery; working alone in a cash-based business and late-night work; cooking with exposure to hot oil and grease, hot water and steam, and hot cooking surfaces; doing construction and working at heights; and selling items door-to-door and in traveling youth crews.
Teens should also take into account a company’s flexibility and reputation. Some businesses are so rigid that taking one weekend off could put your position in jeopardy, while other companies are more open to employees' taking days off.
Teens who have already made plans for a specific summer personal or family event or vacation should discuss it with their potential employer at the beginning of the interview process, the blog advises.
Finally, ChristianPF.com recommends is that teen workers set limits.
“They [employers] will call you at night and over the weekend. That’s fine if that is what you are looking for, but if not, just be clear about your work limits and boundaries,” the blog says. “Remember, flexibility is a premium, so you might want a job that gives you a little less pay and more flexibility.”
ChristianPF.com serves as an online resource to provide practical tips, and direction and wisdom drawn from Scripture, about how to handle personal finances - from, as the name implies, a Christian point of view.