How do I Look for a Job?
For many teens, high school is a fun time, but comes with many responsibilities. Are you going through your weekly allowance too fast? Do you have a wish list of new things you want to buy or save for? If the answer is yes, then you might want to start looking for a job.
Where do I find a job near me?
Finding your first job may be difficult, but not impossible. Typically, most jobs require you to be 16 years of age or older for them to hire you, however, the legal age to work in New Jersey is 14. There are many small businesses in and around Rutherford that hire teenagers. Start by walking into any restaurant or business on Park Ave. or Union Ave. and ask them if they are hiring. Many stores also have “Help Wanted” signs out front, so keep an eye out when you are in a main area of town.
Older teens above the age of 16 can apply on websites such as indeed.com or on a chain company website. The new American Dream Mall is a great place to search for a job, as they just opened many new stores. Many restaurants and pizzerias are always hiring delivery drivers if you have your license and a car.
How do I apply?
When you ask a business if they’re hiring and they give you an application, this means you’re on the right track. When filling out an application, it’s important to be honest. If you don’t have any experience, write that on the application, but explain that you’re a fast learner.
You may also need to provide a résumé with your application. If you’ve never created a résumé before, check out Indeed’s Career Guide: High School Resume Tips and Example.
Usually, the business will not contact you first. Several days after applying, call the business and ask to speak to the manager about your application. This shows that you are interested and may distinguish you from the other applicants.
Don’t be discouraged if they don’t respond or don’t have a position for you, just continue to look until you get lucky and find a job.
What if I get hired?
If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll have to get working papers to legally work at a business. When you are promised a job, you’ll have to email Ms. Mariano in the guidance office. Her email address is is firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you and your employer finish filling out the papers, you return them to Ms. Mariano and you’ll be ready to start working.
What if I don’t like my job?
For your first job, it might not be what you were expecting. Many teens start off as dishwashers, hosts in restaurants, or cashiers. This may not be ideal for you at the time; however, it is an amazing opportunity to grow your experience and allow you to create a resume for future jobs. It is recommended that you stay at least for 1-2 months at your first job and give them two weeks notice before quitting so you can use them as a reference for future employers.
Growing up and having the responsibility of a job can be tough, and the process of finding a job can be even tougher, but never get discouraged. Having a job in high school teaches you important life skills that will help you long after graduation. Have fun while still being responsible. And remember, saving your money rather than spending it all will help you out in the long run.
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