Although summer is already here, many college students are still looking for a summer job.
For many of us, job search is a difficult task. For teenagers, looking for their first job can be intimidating and even discouraging.
As a parent, you want to help your teen successfully navigate the job search.
Here are 5 tips on how to help your teen find a summer job:
- Resume and cover letter
List all the things he or she has accomplished so far. Writing a resume and a cover letter together will also help your teen develop talking points about their skills and experience.
- Access online resources
To help your teen get started, show them the best online resources for finding summer jobs.
Help them search thousands of job listings: from seasonal positions to full time jobs.
- Networking to find a summer job
Networking is one of the best ways to find a summer job. Encourage your teen to talk to their teachers, coaches and friends and ask for advice, assistance and job leads. Help your teen check out local stores, restaurants and gyms for open summer positions.
- Identifying job leads
Although finding job openings should be your teen’s job, you can help them identify the job leads that could be a good fit for them.
Provide insight to help them identify their key strengths and weaknesses and to help them find a job that is the right fit for their personality.
- Preparing for the interview
Help your teen pick the right clothes to dress appropriately.
Teach your teen to act professionally: give a firm handshake, make eye contact, speak with confidence, be positive, and thank the interviewer for their time.
- Prepare mock interviews
Help your teen practice for a job interview by asking common interview questions and help them focus their thoughts on why they are right for a particular job.
- Coping with rejection
Most likely, your teen will not get the first job they apply for. There will be some ignored applications, unreturned phone calls and rejections along the way. These should be learning experiences that would help your teen deal with challenges and build persistence.
Learning how to navigate job hunting hurdles, identify the best job leads and present themselves at a job interview will help your son or daughter land a job after college.
As the saying goes: “You can give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Skills that teens learn today will give them many more long-term benefits!