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Digital Resources for Teen Job-Seekers: Getting Started


Looking for an afterschool or summer job?  Check out this digital guide to get started on your search. 

First Steps to Finding the Right Job

First Steps:

Most of us do better when we are working in an environment that we like, so the first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of job would be best for you.  Consider the following...

  • Are you solitary, or are you a people person?
  • Are you the outdoors type, or do you prefer being inside most of the time?
  • Do you get along well with children?
  • Do you have any special talent with animals?
  • Do you thrive in a fast-paced, high intensity environment?
  • Are you a technohead, i.e. enjoy and understand computers?
  • Are you service-oriented, i.e. enjoy helping people?

If you are not the kind of person who loves kids and doing arts and crafts, you may not want that job at the summer camp for toddlers!  Once you are able to define yourself, you can look around for openings in places that best suit your personal style. 

After you have completed this brief self-examination, you will be ready to define your objective and create your resume.  For more on this essential step, check out the tab above called "Creating Your Resume."

Next Steps:

Take a good look at yourself.  Remember that making a great first impression is essential to success!  If you turn off your potential employer because you made poor clothing decisions, you will not be invited back.  Check out the "'Do's' and 'Don'ts' of Personal Appearance" below for more information...

The "Do's" and "Don'ts" of Personal Appearance when Job Hunting

Do wear clean, modest clothing in reasonable colors.          

Do wear shoes with reasonably sized heels.                      

Do make sure your hair is clean and styled neatly.           

Do make sure your fingernails are trimmed and clean.        

Do make sure you are bathed and body-odor free.             

Don't wear suggestive, shabby, tight clothing, or jeans.

Don't wear flip-flops, sneakers, or scanty sandals

Don't  wear radical hairstyles.

Don't  wear large, loud jewelry.

Don't wear cologne, perfume or heavily scented lotions.

On the Web

Explore careers on these Web sites.

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