Dinero Teens: Finding a part-time job

Wishing you had a little extra cash in your pocket? Finding a part-time job is one quick solution to this problem. Not only will a part time job put a little extra cash in your pocket it will also look great on your resume when applying for colleges.WorkingTeen.jpg

First: Be aware of state and federal laws.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the minimum age for employment (non-agricultural) at 14-years-of-age and in some states certain jobs have age restrictions. For example in certain states, you cannot be a server in a restaurant until age eighteen. Evaluate which options would be best for you.

Second: Find the job you want!

Focus on your interests. If you enjoy spending time with kids, look into a summer counselor position. If you and your family like Italian food, see if your favorite restaurant is hiring. Your family would love all the free leftovers from your new job! Make a list of the companies and jobs you like.

Third: Apply for the jobs of interest to you.

Take a look online for an idea of what a basic application looks like, so you can have the necessary information available.  A lot of employers request references of people you know that can vouch for your work ethic and overall quality of work. Think of a list of four or five people, outside of your family, to provide as references (include their name, title, address, phone number and email address). Don’t forget to ask those adults for their permission to give their information as a reference, too.
Next, visit the employer’s website and find the “Jobs” link or visit a location in-person and ask to complete an application. Most companies will have a paper application for you to complete, so be prepared to fill out the application on-site. At larger corporations, it’s possible the application is on an in-store computer, like at Target or McDonald’s. Remember to bring your notes for the application, including references, your achievements and skills and when you’re available to start. You could even copy down the important information for the application into a mobile device or tablet in case the application is on an on-site computer. After filling out the application, thank the manager for their time and ask them what you can expect next.

Fourth: How to prepare for an interview.

Congratulations! You got a call or email for an interview, meaning the employer believes you are qualified for the position. Keep this in mind when you’re preparing what you’ll wear for the interview and choose a wardrobe that conveys confidence and professionalism.
What to wear- Men What not to wear- Men
Dress pants, collared polo, button down shirt, dress shoes, loafers Jeans, cargo pants, sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, sweat shirts, sneakers, slippers, hats
What to wear- Women What not to wear- Women
woman_interview_attire.jpghttp://gradpost.ucsb.edu/headlines/tag/career not_to_wear_jeans.jpghttp://oregonstate.edu/career/what-not-wear
Dress pants, skirt (appropriate length), dress (appropriate length), blouse, suit jacket, sweaters, turtlenecks, heels, dress sandals, boots Jeans, sweatpants, shorts, leggings, tank top, t-shirts, any clothing that bares cleavage, sleeveless tops, sneakers, slippers, hats

Also, plan to arrive early to showcase your punctuality. The employer will most likely ask about your background and what skills you have for the job. Therefore, think of a couple reasons why you would be successful in the position. Be prepared with a couple questions for the employer, too. Eleven out of the box questions you could be asked. Good questions for you to ask the employer.

By finding a part-time job, you have the opportunity to build your resume for the future. In addition, colleges will see your time management skills by handling school and a part-time job. Having some spending money is the icing on the cake! If you’d like to build up your savings open a Dinero Teens checking account or savings certificate.

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If you’re unable to find a part-time job that fits your needs and interests another opportunity to build your resume is to volunteer! While volunteer opportunities are not paid, they offer a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in different job fields. Read more about the benefits of volunteering and unpaid internships on the Dinero website.

United States Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor/studentworkers.htm
Think Tank Learning: http://ttlearning.com/high-school-guys-tips-for-what-you-should-wear-to-a-college-interview/
UCSB GradPost: http://gradpost.ucsb.edu/headlines/tag/career
Oregon State University Career Services: http://oregonstate.edu/career/what-not-wear
About.com: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/parttimeqa/a/parttimequest.htm
Snagajob: www.snagajob.c om/resources/job-interview-tips-for-teens &cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
Inc.: http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/11-interview-questions-you-wouldnt-think-to-ask-but-should.html
US News: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2013/10/23/the-best-questions-to-ask-during-a-job-interview