By Mischelle Watkins
When you are 16-years-old, you are not such a kid anymore and you may be less interested in spending your spare time playing outside with your childhood friends (even though that’s what we would all like to do – no matter our age). However, 16-years-old is the right time for you to earn some money with jobs for 16-year-olds.
There are several reasons why you would take on a part time job. If you do not come from a wealthy family, these jobs for 16 years old would be very beneficial to help your parents to help buy the things you like and want (“wants,” as my mom reminded me when I was 16).
On the other hand, if your parents can afford to give you more, then these teen jobs would just help you buy things you wanted to have without asking your parents for them. Say for instance there is a book that you want to read or a school supply you really would like to have – an video game, phone, iPod, CD Player, etc. The money you earn from these part time jobs would help pay for any of these.
At this age, you are considered by most adults to be a bit more savvy than your younger peers. The expectation for you might be higher, so when you go into a business, looking for a job, or asking for an application bring these things with you:
– Good attitude
– Clean appearance – neat and tidy with fresh breath and clean face (fingernails, hands, clothes, please use deodorant if you need it).
– A resume (even if your jobs are limited they show reliability and dependability and motivation)
– A list of three references with phone numbers and email (if available) contact information.
– Good English – and look a potential boss in the eye-not at your hands and feet. It will earn you high marks for respect. Answer in full sentences, not just, “Yeah,’ and “no”
– Take a minute to think about what skills you have that compliment a particular business – for instance if you spent last summer walking dogs then you can say that you are good at organization and prioritization, can work independently and don’t need a lot of supervision once you have been given a task and had it explained to you.
– Turn OFF your cell phone. No exceptions. Once it rings you are fired – and you were only interviewing.
If you need to write a resume and don’t know how to write one, use this sample for yourself: Keep it plain and simple – watch for typo errors and grammar errors and have someone else proof read it for you. I used to read 200 of these a day and if these simple rules were ignored, then I quickly filed that resume in the garbage can.
SAMPLE RESUME FOR TEENS:
Gale B. Smith
1234 A Street
email: i wanta job(at)mymail.com
Data entry on PC
Cash Register Experience
Good With People
JOBS I WANT: I am looking for an opportunity to work in a retail store so that I can improve my skills. I will also consider other available opportunities that will fit into my school schedule coming up.
1) Summer 2009, Walk-A-Thon Program Leader, Portland, Oregon
– I organized a group of 20 to walk a 20 mile walk for a charity in our local area.
– Coordination of 20 people with email, phone, in-person contact, meetings and updates
– Follow-through of solicitation of contributions for over $2000.
– Designation of leader of tHe year from fellow Walk-A-Thon members
2) Summer 2008, Dog Walker, Portland, Oregon
– Creation of poster and ad campaign for services in local and surrounding neighborhood
– Door to door sales
– Management of ten customers for daily walks of 13 dogs five days a week
– Friendly customer relations
– Risk management and safety Measures were initiated
– Coordination of schedules, alarms, pets, treats, and people
3) Summer 2007, Lawn Mower, Leaf Raker and Hedge Trimmer-Weed Puller
– Monitored, recommended, lawn ideas for customers
– Managed time effectively
– Team Player
– Creative, Problem-solving Thinker
– Improved community appearance
1) Mary Smith (Neighbor and Customer)
1235 Anywhere Street
2) John Jones (Former Coach)
1122 Anywhere Street
3) Mr. Joe Calabria (Teacher)
1212 Anywhere Street