Job hunting can be quite a task for your teen. However, the search can be a bit easier with your help. What kind of support should you offer to your teenager? Parents should be ready to offer ideas, feedback, and encouragement when teens are making calls and filling applications. The following are tips to help your teenager be successful in their first job:
A first job should be well thought of and selected. Your teen needs to be available when the job comes. It would help if you looked for underlying events and occasions that may lead your teenager to quit. If the events are more important, getting a job right now is not a good idea. How long the job lasts is also a factor to consider when planning for employment. The employer needs a consistent person at work to train.
Skills and Interests
First, jobs may not be as impressive as expected. Knowing you are teens’ skills and interests can help them easily land a job. For example, if your child is interested in fashion and design, they can work in a retail clothing outlet.
Help in Resume Writing
Apart from filling an online application, your teen needs a professional resume. A resume is a summary of what your teen can talk about during an interview. It should capture their strengths and achievements in terms of skill and experience. Good examples of achievements include voluntary work, talents, clubs involved, and references.
Help Them Groom Appropriately
The first impression is critical. You need to help your teen dress appropriately as they go for the interview. Considering what is acceptable at a specific workplace can help your teen groom well. For example, there are some workplaces that may not allow ear pools.
Find Job Leads
Guidance counselors are essential in this because they can help teenagers get job leads. Although you may have some connections to help your child find their first job, it’s advisable to leave this to them. They may have more connections through their already working close friends. They can also brainstorm together and find businesses that hire teenagers. Walking in organizations and asking whether they are hiring is also an option for your teen. Support your child to cope with the rejected application and perceive them as learning experiences.
Help Them Learn About Finances
Consider opening a free checking account for your teen. These accounts are easy to open and maintain because they have no monthly fee or minimum balance required. It will be necessary once your teen is hired as well. Once they have a checking account, teach them about the importance of budgeting so they are able to put away some money in savings each month. Help them understand the importance of checking their bank account frequently to avoid overdrafts.
A teen’s first job is a big life event. It can seem scary and overwhelming to them at first, but making sure you are there to offer help and support will calm their nerves. Remember the above tips to help your teen make the transition to work easier.