Juggling school work, extra curricular activities, and a part-time job can be a lot to handle during the school year. If you are planning to find a job (or if you already have one) during the school year, keep these points in mind.
1. Early work experience can provide great opportunities for learning important job skills. It can also help you determine your interests and help you choose courses of study in college.
2. Make time for your school work. Teenagers need to work with their parents/guardians when going out into the workforce. Parents/guardians typically know what will work best for their family situation.
3. Youth work in many industries, including: education (libraries, tutoring), retail (restaurants, grocery stores, department stores, music stores, clothing stores), recreation and agriculture. Think about what you like to do and try to concentrate your search on something that interests you. Also keep in mind that you time is a limiting factor during the school year.
4. Do your homework. Know the job market. Put together a resume explaining what you are looking for and what experience you have had that will make you an asset to the company.
5. When you apply for a job, present yourself well. What you know is important, but an employer's first impression is also important. Be sure you come across well when you apply.
6. Be prepared for the interview. Arrive on time for the interview, dress appropriately, and be prepared to answer the questions. It helps to anticipate some of the typical interview questions ahead of time and think about how you would like to answer them. Show enthusiasm for the job. When the interview ends, politely thank the interviewer. Being prepared will make you less nervous and help you present yourself well. Remember that every interview is good practice!