The most recent interview in our Expert Series was with one of the leaders at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company in New York. Here is what they had to say about teenagers looking for a job, and some advice for those who may want to start their own business some day. Enjoy!
1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?
Any job. Learning time management, accountability, multi-tasking, how to handle money, how to work with others etc.
2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?
DO NOT BRING YOUR MOM, DAD, BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND ETC TO YOUR INTERVIEW. Do, bring a smile. Learn your social security number. It shows an employer that you are taking applying for a job, seriously. Turn off your cell phone!
3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?
Start at the bottom. Learn every aspect of your job and/or company. Do not be afraid of hard work , because it will be hard work. Perseverance pays off…..it may take a while, so don’t get discouraged. Stay focused.
4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?
We look for the following in our employees: wholesome, happy, hard-working, healthy and honest. It is your job to show up on time. Show management what you’re made of….it’s not their job to drag it out of you.