We are continuing on with our Expert Series. We’ve asked questions of recruiters, small business owners, and other experienced professionals. Our goal is to give you ideas on what types of jobs to look for, tips to prepare for your interview, and other helpful pieces of information from those closest to the current job market. In this edition, we hear from Jeana Robbins, a student adviser.
1. Briefly tell us about your role/experience in staffing/recruiting:
As jobs are opened in the community, I often post information on these positions in daily announcements at our school. These are usually specific type jobs, summer jobs, and internships, along with other opportunities. It helps tremendously when I know my students and know what their interests are. I then, am able to inform them of opportunities as I hear about them.
2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?
It depends mostly on what field a teen wishes to enter. If a teen wants to work with children, they could obtain experience working at a boys and girls club. If they want to work with computers or technology, they could tutor students remediating classes online, or complete an internship.
3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?
Research the company, dress well, make eye contact, and have a resume with contacts/references… that’s more than 2 but all very important.
4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best, perhaps less obvious, job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.
Amateur photography, baby sitting, house cleaning, yard work, web design (for those with experience), tutoring.
5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?
Word of mouth works best from my experience. Teens should talk to their counselors and teachers.
6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?
Have a good attitude and be receptive to learning. You may not make a whole lot of money at first, but the experience will matter and make a difference later on. Also, be dependable.