How to Prepare Your Teen for a Summer Job

Most people remember their first job hunt vividly because of how daunting it was. So, if your teen approaches you to help them get a job, it is natural to extend your assistance since you understand it can be tough. Landing your first job is often like a race with a couple of rejections before you get the final prize of employment.

How to Prepare Your Teen for a Summer Job

For most teens, the first summer job is a gateway to adulthood. It is during this time that they have experienced an eye-opening reality that is accompanied by a paycheck. Unlike the conventional babysitting responsibilities they may have had, salaried employment gives people the first real taste of the workplace.

So, what kind of help should you extend?

Be the Coach – Don’t Do the Legwork

When helping your teen to find a job, let them do most of the work. Your role is to coach your child, give them ideas and encourage them to continue pushing during the difficult times.

Let your child look for openings, fill out applications, and make phone calls. Your teenager should solve the issues and ask questions since they will be required to navigate the workplace without you.

Work Through the Job’s Pros and Cons

While finding a job can be a big hurdle, finding the right work is more intense. The success of your child’s first position is a significant success factor in the career and can break or build their confidence. Therefore, parents ought to guide their young ones in carefully surveying the endeavor.

Work Through the Job’s Pros and Cons

Schedule:  If your teenager’s schedule is already packed tight, they must knock something off to make the job a reality, let’s say sports or music. Employers usually like to retain someone who can be available for long periods.

Timing: Is your teenager available to work or do they have to quit at some point to go for a family vacation? A job that lasts for a month is not impressive on the CV.

Logistics: Will your teen take the bus to work or do you have to drop them?

The area’s job market: Some jobs, like serving in fast food joints, have more entry-level opportunities than others.

Get Your Child’s Paperwork in Order

Working teenagers should have their SSN before they apply for a job. They might also need a bank account. Help your teen to draft a great resume that will help them land their dream role. You can also check in with qualified financial advisors regarding their teen’s income.

Prepare Them to Meet the Employer

Employers don’t expect a teen’s resume to be filled with tons of accomplishments and experiences. Therefore, how your child presents himself or herself to the hiring manager determines whether they land the position or not.

Prepare Them to Meet the Employer

Encourage your teenager to:

  • Dress up appropriately
  • Show up on time
  • Double check the resume, cover letter and application for errors
  • Smile and make eye contact
  • Listen to what the interviewer asks and says
  • Say thank you

Summer is around the corner, and this is an excellent opportunity for your teen to start earning a living. Financial independence and building money responsibility is a huge part of the picture. The best part is that parents can play a huge role in preparing their young ones for the future.