I Need A Job Now! – Action Plan

No matter your station in life, there are times when you simply say “I need a job now!”

Perhaps you have been laid off recently and have bills piling up, or maybe you are new to the work force and really need to start saving up money for school, a house, a new car, etc.

Really no matter what the situation, there are several things you can do to find a job quickly.

HELP!  I NEED A JOB NOW!

Help! I need a job now.

If you’ve come to the place where you have admitted that I need a job now, no matter what line of work it is in, that can be an overwhelming feeling. You may feel desperate, anxious, confused, among other things.

Ideally, you would find a job that fits your interests or experience, but right now that isn’t your chief concern. Here is an action plan to get some positive momentum rolling in your job search.

1. Don’t Give Up!

I need a job now. Don't give up!

Perhaps this sounds obvious, but we hear numbers and stories all the time of those who have given up looking for work.

I know it can be incredibly frustrating to send out resumes, make phone calls, and come up empty time after time. No doubt if you are reading this article you’ve contemplated giving up before.

However, think about it this way: what is your alternative? There really isn’t a viable one. Whether you are young or old, your station in life determines how much money you need to survive.

If you have rent, a car payment, food to buy, etc. you need to find a way to make money. Everything else is a short-term solution that won’t bring you satisfaction in the end.

Every time you hear about thousands of job seekers giving up hope, turn that around and think of how much less competition you now face. You can do this, but you have to stick with it.

2. Most Jobs Aren’t Advertised

I need a job now. Most jobs aren't advertised.

As many as 80% of jobs are never advertised, according to CBS News. That means you may be going about your job search all wrong. So many job seekers say “I need a job now” and that translates into jumping on an online job site and sending their resume to every posting they see.

They don’t bother writing a cover letter, checking to see if they are qualified, or anything else. They throw out 200 resumes and hope something good happens. If this sounds like you, you need a new plan.

First of all, since this “strategy” is so easy, there are many people that do it. Is it any wonder most businesses don’t want to deal with that and decide to hire without broadcasting the job opening out to the world?

Would you want to sift through hundreds of resumes for people that aren’t qualified? Of course not. So if online postings aren’t cutting it, what should I do?

Network. You may feel uncomfortable about this concept, but it is more critical now than ever. Companies prefer to hire based off of the recommendation of an employee they already value.

There is typically a much better chance that a referred employee will be a good fit and work out in the long run. Therefore, you have to “network” by talking to your friends and family.

Often they’ll know about jobs that aren’t posted yet, or maybe won’t be open until next week and can get you in touch with the right people.

If you are into social media like Linkedin and even Facebook you should use them as tools to keep up with others that you know.

It is very simple to check out your “friends” or contact’s place of employment. Send them a quick message, even if it is someone you haven’t talked to in years, and see if they know any openings. Here is an example of what you could say:

Hi NAME,

How have you been? I hope all is well. I saw you are working at COMPANY NAME now – how do you like it? The reason I ask is because I am looking for a job and was curious if you knew of any openings. If so, please let me know and I may put in a resume if it is a good fit.

I appreciate it!

YOUR NAME

Not too tough, right? Simple, honest and to the point. Have 300 Facebook friends in your hometown? Why not send out 300 of these?

Look, if you’ve said “I need a job now” you have to act like someone who needs a job now. Don’t do this tomorrow, start now. (I won’t be offended if you read the rest of the article later).

3. Pound The Pavement To Find A Job

Pound the pavement if you need a job right now.

Pounding the pavement simply means to get out there and hustle. Walk in local businesses with copies of your resume and see if they are hiring.

If you don’t want to come right out and ask if they are hiring, start with some small talk about what they do. It is likely a small shop owner will really enjoy talking about their business to someone who seems genuinely interested.

Ask good questions and listen. Then when appropriate, say something like “That’s awesome, I’d love to work at a place like this” and see what happens.

You didn’t ask for a job, but if you stop talking right there they will come back with something like “well fill out an application…” Or “we are actually looking for someone to…” Or “well, we aren’t really hiring but stop by in 3 months and see…” That is progress!

The truth is, you’ve probably tried job fairs and online searches like we talked about earlier. However, you may not have really gotten out there and just went door to door like this.

It probably sounds intimidating to you, but that also means not many people do it. Job fairs can work, but look at how many people are there with similar qualifications as you looking at the same jobs.

Compare that to walking into a local business, striking up a casual conversation, and asking if there is anything you could do to help. Really, there is no comparison. After you’ve tried your network, get out there and pound the pavement.

What is the worst that can happen? You learn a lot about businesses in your community, but you find out none of them are hiring right now. Okay… big deal. You move on to the next one.

4. Update Your Resume

Update your resume if you need a job right now.

If it seems as if you never get a response after sending in your resume, maybe it needs an overhaul. Look, you’ve already come to the conclusion that I need a job now.

Whatever you’ve been doing hasn’t been working so maybe it is time to try something drastic. Think about this from the example of the person we talked about earlier who looks at hundreds of resumes.

If you used a Microsoft Word resume template, how many resumes that look exactly the same as yours do you think they’ve seen already? Exactly.

What about making a resume that is completely unique? Particularly if you have some graphic design skills, or (going back to that word again) have someone in your network that does.

Why does a resume have to be a Word document? Check out this infographic resume designed by Hagan Blount. According to this post at St. Andrews University, a recruiter spends no more than 30 seconds reading your resume.

I’ve seen some estimates where as little as 5-10 seconds are spent checking out a resume. This means you have to catch their eye immediately, if not sooner. Imagine if your resume was a graphically enhanced piece of work like we saw from Hagan Blount.

Do you think a recruiter might spend a little more time looking at that than a Word template? Of course they would. They might call you just to see how you made that.

I know what you are thinking, and you are right, it will definitely take you more time to come up with a unique, visually appealing resume. However, the good news is that your competition is lazy.

So most people won’t go through the trouble or expense (if you can’t DIY) to get it done. That is good news for you. Look, you need a job now, right? It is time to try something new.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You have to be willing to change up the approach.

If you can’t do something completely original, consider adding a photo of yourself on your resume and at least mixing up the fonts on the pre-made Word template.

Again, these people have probably seen that template a million times so do something that may make it stand out a little bit.

A final thought about resumes: if you need someone to proofread your resume or even someone to come up with a unique document design for you, try Fiverr. I’ve used Fiverr for many random things.

You can search “resume” and sort by the best rated, so you make sure you are finding things that others have reviewed positively. This is a quick and affordable way to get some help if you don’t know where to start.

One other great resource you should check out is Re.vu. Their tagline is “Don’t send a resume. Share your story.” This service lets you create an online landing page that you can link to which gives a visually appealing summary of your accomplishments.

This is certainly something that can add an online wow factor for a prospective employer. It is free to sign up and can even pull in your data from Linked In if you’d like.

5. Get To Work

If you need a job now then get to work

Alright, no more excuses. It is time to get to work. Get rid of any ideas you may have had about quitting, and remember your primary motivation for saying “I need a job now!”

Next, start talking to people in your network. That network is bigger than you think and more easy to reach than ever before. Use some variation of our message above and reach out to your friends and acquaintances on Facebook and/or Linkedin.

Then, get out there and pound the pavement. Leave your house and go meet business owners in person. If they aren’t hiring, they may know of someone who is.

This gets positive momentum and the law of attraction working in your favor. Ask if there is anything you can do to help. Finally, get that resume overhauled.

Once your pavement pounding and networking start moving, the next thing they’ll ask for is a copy of your resume. Send something that will stand out.

Have any tips to add for those who say “I need a job now”? Feel free to comment below.

Expert Series – 3 Great Tips with Laura Lichiello

Laura Lichiello from The Little Spot of Red in New Hampshire was kind enough to share some advice for teens looking for a job, based on her experience with a small business.

It is broken down in to 3 basic categories.

1. Best jobs for experience

I think it’s anything that has them work with multiple systems and with many people.  Retail and restaurants are great starting spots because there are a ton of details you must learn and remember all while working with the public and with many co-workers.
In the past when I’ve hired I’ve looked for retail experience because then I feel the basics have been learned and I only need to refine them.
My husband worked in a brick yard as a teen and he worked with men who had been doing bricks for a long time but he learned their craft from them, learned how to deal with each of them individually, and learned how to handle responsibility.
It’s important for young workers to remember that when they are asked/told to do something it’s for a reason: the job must be done but how you handle the doing makes all the difference.

2. Job interview

Assuming you get that far you should be well-dressed according to the type of job.  Teenagers do a lot of cold-calling for jobs and when they do they look terrible.
Whenever you are mentioning needing a job to a potential employer you should look reasonably put together.  Most of us in small business are used to jeans–but not ripped ones (I don’t care how much you paid for them) because it drops you into an unfortunate category.
Don’t come in and ask if I’m hiring wearing torn clothes or not enough of them.  For interviews: shower please, shave, dress nicely and conservatively, no perfume, no aftershave, no moving earrings (I know it sounds weird but you want to be remembered for what you say not your cute earrings wobbling to and fro) and have some sort of a resume with you.
Smile and try to relax.

3. Your own business

Work in the industry you think you want to enter.  The more knowledge you have the better prepared you are.  Listen to the experts; read books and magazines on opening a business, opening your business, and what other entrepreneurs are doing.
On your way up pay attention to what the higher ups tell you because they’ve been there.  And be prepared to work hard–harder than you will ever work for someone else.

How To Get A Job Step By Step

Whether you are a young person or someone with more life experience, there really is an art to getting a job. Perhaps you have been laid off recently and have bills piling up or maybe you are new to the workforce.  Or, really need to start saving up money for school, a house, a new car, etc. Here is a step by step action plan on how to get a job that anyone can follow.

HOW TO GET A JOB – STEP 1

How to get a job - step 1

The first step in how to get a job may go without saying, but it needs to be repeated anyway. Don’t give up! So many people give up and leave the job hunt and this is something we hear about all the time. In fact, the federal government’s unemployment number doesn’t even include those who may have given up hope.

Although you may not be able to find something in your preferred field, you can definitely find work by following the right process.

I know it can be incredibly frustrating to send out resumes, make phone calls, and come up empty time after time.  No doubt if you are reading this article, you ‘ve felt like giving up before.

Unemployment can’t last forever, and you won’t truly be satisfied by living off of the charity of someone else or perhaps a government program.

Every time you hear about thousands of job seekers giving up hope, turn that around and think of how much less competition you now face. You can do this, but you have to stick with it.

HOW TO GET A JOB – STEP 2

How to get a jobs - step 2

After you’ve decided that giving up on your job search isn’t an option, it is time to network. Here is why networking is critical to finding a job.

As many as 80% of jobs are never advertised, according to CBS News. That means you may be going about your job search all wrong. Many people think the answer to “how to get a job” is to get online and start blasting resumes on all the popular job sites.

If you aren’t attaching cover letters and even checking to see if your qualifications and experience are a fit for that job, this probably won’t work.  If this sounds like you, you need a new plan, pronto!

First of all, since this strategy is so simple, and there are lots of people that do it. This may tell you why such a high number of jobs are filled by companies that choose not to list it online.

Who wants to waste untold hours going through a ton of resumes of people who have no business even applying. I wouldn’t want to do that either! So this takes us back to the importance of networking with your friends, family, and acquaintances.

No matter how you feel about networking, it is more important now than ever before. A company loves to hire from a referral of a current employee who they really trust and who already does a good job. Culture is a big part of a 21st century business, so the idea is that someone who is a friend of a well liked employee would probably fit in just fine around the office.

Therefore, networking can be as simple as having conversations with friends and family. Often they’ll know of openings before they happen and more importantly can pass your resume onto the right person, which is huge!

If you are into social media like Linkedin and even Facebook then you should use them as tools to keep up with others that you know. It is very simple to check out your “friends” or contact’s place of employment.

Send them a quick message, even if it is someone you haven’t talked to in years, and see if they know any openings.

Here is an example of what you could say:

Hi NAME,

How have you been? I hope all is well. I saw you are working at COMPANY NAME now – how do you like it? The reason I ask is because I am looking for a job and was curious if you knew of any openings. If so, please let me know and I may put in a resume if it is a good fit.

I appreciate it!

YOUR NAME

Not too difficult, right? Simple, honest and to the point. Have 300 Facebook friends? Why not send out 300 of these? Social networking is huge right now and you should really leverage it to make the most of your network of friends. This is a key step in how to get a job in today’s market.

HOW TO GET A JOB – STEP 3

How to get a job - step 3

Pounding the pavement simply means to go old fashioned and get out and meet people face to face. Walk in local businesses with copies of your resume and see if they are hiring.

If you don’t want to come right out and ask if they are hiring, start with some small talk about what they do. Many times you’ll meet interesting people and small business owners aren’t usually shy to talk about their company and what they do and WHY they do it.

Ask good questions and listen actively. Then when appropriate, say something like “That’s awesome, I’d love to work at a place like this” and see how they react.

You didn’t directly ask for a job, but you may be surprised when they respond with “well fill out an application…” Or “we are actually looking for someone to…” Or “well, we aren’t really hiring but stop by in 3 months and see…” These are all positives!

In fact, they may not be hiring but that may make them think of some other place that is hiring. The key is to be friendly and personable from the beginning. Just be genuine.

Because this pavement pounding may seem a little strange or intimidating to many, that also means you have less competition. How many job seekers are serious enough to really do this? Most are okay with sitting home and clicking “send” on a job website. Setting yourself apart is another key to how to find a job.

Job fairs can work, but look at how many people are there with similar qualifications as you looking at the same jobs. Compare that to walking into a local business, striking up a casual conversation, and asking if there is anything you could do to help. Really, there is no comparison.

Once you spent time networking, get out there and start visiting small businesses in person.  What is the downside?  I would contend that there isn’t one.  At the very least you are expanding your network and getting to know the business influencers in your local community.

HOW TO GET A JOB – STEP 4

How to get a job - step 4

If it seems as if you never get a response after sending in your resume, maybe it needs a visual overhaul. The next step in how to get a job is to get creative with your resume.

Think about this from the perspective of the person we talked about earlier who looks at hundreds of resumes. If you used a Microsoft Word resume template, how many resumes that look exactly the same as yours do you think they’ve seen already? Exactly.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

What about making a resume that is one of a kind? Do you think that would catch someone’s eye? This is simpler if you do some design on your own, but if not you may know someone that does.

Why does a resume have to be a Word document? Check out this infographic resume designed by Hagan Blount. According to this post at St. Andrews University, a recruiter spends no more than 30 seconds reading your resume. This means you have to catch their eye immediately, if not sooner.

Imagine if your resume was a graphically enhanced piece of work like we saw from Hagan Blount. Do you think a recruiter might spend a little more time looking at that than a Word template? Of course, they would. They might call you just to see how you made that.

You may be thinking that you don’t know where to start or that you don’t have the time to do something like this. That is exactly the reason you should – because 99% of your competition will just stick to what is easiest – a boring Word template. That is good news for you.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You need to be flexible and realize that somethings need to change in order to get the job done in the 21st century.

ADD A PHOTO

If you don’t want to go crazy original like the earlier example, then try a template where you can include a photo or mix up the fonts. There is some mixed data about using a photo and whether that is a plus or a minus, so I’d say that it generally depends on the recruiter.

PROOFREADING

A final thought about resumes: if you need someone to proofread your resume or even someone to come up with a unique document design for you, try Fiverr.  Fiverr is perfect for many random things, and the premise of the site is that people offer various services and charge a small fee for that service.

You can search “resume” and sort by the best rated, so you make sure you are finding things that others have reviewed positively. This is a quick and affordable way to get some help if you don’t know where to start.

One other great resource you should check out is Re.vu. Their tagline is “Don’t send a resume. Share your story.” This service lets you create an online landing page that you can link to which gives a visually appealing summary of your accomplishments.

This is certainly something that can add an online wow factor for a prospective employer. It is free to sign up and can even pull in your data from Linked In if you’d like.

HOW TO GET A JOB – STEP 5

How to get a job - step 5

The fifth step in how to get a job is simple to understand but maybe difficult to do. Stop making excuses and get to work. Start talking to people in your network today.

That network is bigger than you think and easier to reach than it was 5 years ago. Hop on Facebook and Linkedin today and maybe just your email account to start sending out some feelers.

Then, get out there and pound the pavement. Go meet small business owners and managers face to face to see what you can get rolling. Whether you get a job with them or not, this gets positive momentum and the law of attraction working in your favor. Ask if you can help, even if (gasp) it is unpaid work at first.

Finally, get that resume updated and think outside the template. People will almost always say “send me a resume” and you want something that will catch their eye and make them want to meet you in person.

If you have anything to add to the discussion of how to get a job, please comment below.

Jobs For 17 Year Olds – What You Need To Know

Finding the right kinds of jobs for 17 year olds can be a challenge. This is particularly true if you are working around a school schedule where your hours of availability are extremely limited.

Nevertheless, there are jobs you can find to work around your schedule and pick up great experience at the same time.  In this article we are first going to give you four things to think about before you start your job hunt.  Secondly, we will then give you a list of potential jobs to explore.

FOUR THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU JOB HUNT

Things to think about before you start job hunting

At this point, you’ve probably already thought about where or if you will go to college.  Maybe even what you plan to pursue as a career.

Don’t think about this potential career path as something far off in the future. The quality job experience you earn today will pay dividends in several ways.

1. JOBS FOR QUALITY EXPERIENCE

Jobs for experience for 17 year olds

Practical application of your studies will really help you add perspective to the “why” behind your college journey. If you walk into your professional education with no real life experience, it can be tough to connect the dots of how it relates to what you will be doing in the future.

Relevant experience will help set you apart from other applicants in school and in your future career. Many students don’t have much experience to list on a resume, particularly any experience that includes a “real” job with relevant experience.

If you can list an internship or employment with a local company in the same industry, it shows you are serious and puts you a step ahead of your competition.

2. HOW TO FIND A QUALITY JOB

How to find a quality job for 17 year olds

Now that you are convinced that the right job for a 17 year old should revolve around quality experience, let’s talk about how to find one. According to experts on the matter, about 80% of jobs that are filled never get listed.

What this emphasizes is the importance of networking and “pounding the pavement.”

The first thing you need to come to grips with is that you may have to take less or (gasp!) no money. You have to believe that the real value isn’t in the wage you are earning now, but in the real world experience you are gaining that most others your age will not.

Trust me, this is invaluable. Perhaps you find a good internship in your field of interest and after a few months realize you really don’t enjoy it at all. While this may be disappointing, this is still invaluable!

You can now refocus your efforts and save thousands of dollars in tuition that you didn’t waste on a major that you would eventually hate! How else would you know this without experience?

On the other hand, maybe you love the work more than you anticipated. Besides the value of the experience we’ve talked about, you now gain confidence and a boost of energy as you prepare to educate yourself in the field. Motivation is key to momentum.

NETWORKING

Once you get past the road block of what you are going to make, it is time to start networking. No matter how you feel about that word, you have to do some form of it. If not, you are missing those 80% of jobs we talked about earlier.

Who cares if the place is “hiring?” They may well need help with a project but don’t want the cost and hassle involved in sifting through a bunch of candidates, so they put it off. You have to go find them.

PAVEMENT POUNDING

Pounding the pavement is literally about getting out of the house and walking into some places, seeing if you can help out. Again, you have some leverage because you aren’t concerned about pay. You can also send some emails or make phone calls  If it is a business nearby, drop in and introduce yourself.

Maybe you are a web designer and you noticed that they have a crappy site, offer to build a new concept for them for free. If they are wondering why you would do that, tell them you are trying to pick up experience before you enter your college classes.

Could you imagine if they decide to use your design? They might give you some money for your trouble, but at least you would pick up other referrals when people ask them “who designed your web site?”

You would also pick up some great tangible experience for your resume, that will pay off in a big way down the road. Employers love people with initiative, so taking steps like this speaks volumes about you.

Web design is just one example. Think about what you can offer and how you can add value to others. Perhaps you like to bake, look for a bakery or catering service. Like tools? Why not work for a machinery shop or with a construction crew to learn more about the business?

Another great way to “pound the pavement” is using social networking. Reach out to friends and family who are working full-time and see if their employer needs any part-time or seasonal help.

Ideally this would be a business that interests you personally or lines up with your future career aspirations. You’ll typically have a better chance at picking up some ad-hoc work from a smaller company. A giant corporate bank will have a bunch of hoops for you to jump through, which may not be your thing.

Often a place with only a few employees will welcome help from an eager, talented 17 year old and be happy to “show you the ropes” as part of the deal.

3. PERSONAL ENRICHMENT JOBS FOR 17 YEAR OLDS

Personal enrichment jobs

Under the heading of jobs with quality experience, you may well find “personal enrichment” in these same types of positions. However, in this section we are going to focus on those of you who may not have any idea what you “want to be when you grow up” but are still looking for job opportunities that provide great personal growth.

If you like to travel, one thing you may want to consider as you get to the point of graduation is teaching English abroad. This goes by a few different abbreviations, such as TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language), and generally requires some form of certification. The good news is, this certification is very affordable and there are online programs available. Click here to check it out.

If you have the adventurous bug, you’ll likely love the idea of spending a year or so overseas and getting to see and try new and exciting things. Besides the fun you’ll have it can be a great resume builder. The ability to relate with another culture and the leadership qualities to control a classroom are attractive things to have in an employee.

While you likely won’t be able to take advantage of this opportunity at age 17, it is something you can start working on after high school so start thinking about it now. If it is an area of interest, find an exchange student at school and offer to be a “conversation partner.” This simply means that you hang out and chat about whatever, and you would correct any mistakes they make in their grammar.

If traveling abroad isn’t your cup of tea, you can no doubt find enriching employment near you. Generally any work you can do which helps others or builds into them is something that will make you feel better about yourself and give you great experience working with people.

Some ideas include working for a local non-profit or charity, like the boys and girls club where you can pour into the lives of young people in your community. Some of this may be volunteer work, but they also have paid positions in some cases. Stopping by in person will be the quickest way to find out what is available.

4. JOBS FOR 17 YEAR OLDS THAT PAY WELL

Jobs for 17 year olds in the service industry

Despite the fact that most 17 year olds have little to no experience, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make decent money. Many times it is difficult to find something where you get paid for your time, and get paid at a high rate.

For instance, if you work in retail or fast food you’ll probably be paid somewhere in the neighborhood of minimum wage.

Basically we are paying you $9 per hour to be here for 8 hours, whether we are busy or if you only have 1 customer during that time. So that is $72 before taxes, which means you might net about $50 for that 8 hours of your time.

If that doesn’t sound like much money, that is because it isn’t.

If your objective is to make as much money as you can, you’ll likely want to look for job where you’ll be able to be paid on the value you can offer. This can often be a type of a service role, or maybe even in sales if you can find a job where you would be paid commission on the things you sell.

At 17, something in the service industry is more likely  to be available.  Find opportunities to add value and be rewarded accordingly.

JOB IDEA LIST FOR 17 YEAR OLDS

Jobs for 17 year olds

Here is a list of several job categories for you to look into.  There are so many possibilities here, so you should be able to find one that you feel will be a great fit for you.

Sometimes you have to try several different jobs to get a feel for what you enjoy doing.  Don’t be afraid to try more than one of the jobs listed below.

1. FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY

Food service jobs for 17 year olds

There are three different options to look at when considering a job in the foodservice industry.

WAITER OR WAITRESS

In the foodservice industry, one of the best is waiting tables. 16 is usually old enough, given that you won’t be serving alcohol. Knowing that, think about the restaurants nearby that always seem to be busy.

One example is Cracker Barrel. This is a perfect place for a teenager to wait tables.  It has a simple menu, is alcohol-free, and is generally busy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As a waiter, typically you are paid a very low hourly wage.  The real money you make comes from tips. This is why it is critical to start your job search by only considering places that are fairly busy during the hours you’d like to work. If you go work a dinner shift after school for 5 hours and only have 3 or 4 tables, you are probably making less than minimum wage. However, that same 5-hour shift at a busy local restaurant might net you $80 – $100 in cash as you walk out the door.

Attitude and initiative are important in just about anything you do.  It is particularly important though if you are waiting tables. The other thing I like about this line of work for a teenager is that you can directly influence what you earn by your effort and your attitude.

While being busy is important, a bad waiter might make $15 from 5 tables.  A good waiter would have made $40 from those same 5 tables. If you are friendly and willing to hustle, this is a job where you can do better than most people your age.

If you have a place in mind, stop by in person and tell them you’d like to work there. This is much more effective than dropping an application online or a phone call.

DISHWASHER

As the dishwasher in a restaurant, you are the lowest person on the totem pole, but it is a good place to start when you don’t have much work experience.

The main goal of this job is getting a fast turnaround time with the dishes.  Everyone in the restaurant depends on you to work quickly and efficiently.

Some key things to remember when you are working in this area are, prioritizing what dishes are washed next according to what is used the most, changing the water frequently to prevent clogs and keeping your work area organized.

During the slower times of the day, there may be opportunities for you to help do other things around the kitchen.  Mopping and sweeping floors and taking out the garbage are not glamours jobs but will show that you are a hard worker and will get you a promotion much faster.

FAST FOOD

Fast food jobs, such as McDonald’s, are usually very flexible with schedules.  They typically have lots of work shifts to choose from since teenagers make up a large portion of their workforce.

The tasks that you will likely come across are taking customer’s orders, cleaning, preparing food and stocking the self-serve station.

This type of job is where you can learn good customer service skills.  Not everyone is happy when they have to wait for their fries or they get upset when they didn’t get exactly what they ordered.

Learning how to best handle disgruntled customers is a skill that will serve you well in any job you would pursue next.

 

2. CLOTHING RETAIL

Retail jobs for 17 year olds

If you enjoy working with people and clothing, then clothing retail could be a fun job for you.  Stores like AeropostaleAmerican Eagle and Old Navy all hire 17 year olds.

In a clothing retail job, you won’t just be folding clothes.  A huge part of this job is customer service.  Helping customers find what they need and showing them their options.

3. TUTOR

Tutoring jobs for 17 year olds

 

If you enjoy teaching, then being a tutor would be a great option for you to look into.  There are two ways that you can look for tutoring jobs.

ONLINE TUTORING

Through enroll.com you are able to tutor anyone who is under 18 years old.  It is free to sign up and all you will need is either a FaceBook account or a Google+ account.

Once you sign up, set your schedule so that students looking for a tutor know when you are available.  The tutoring is done through a webcam with audio, so your computer will need that capability.

Students can rate their tutors, so make sure that the subjects you are planning to tutor students on are ones that you are very knowledgeable about.

LOCAL TUTORING

If tutoring online isn’t for you, then start asking around at school or friends and family to see if anyone is looking for a tutor in your area of expertise.

Think very broadly when you are considering what to advertise for your tutoring services.  It can be anything from a school subject to an instrument.

Check out the article about jobs for 13 year olds to read about the 3 suggestions we have for advertising your business.

4. ARTISTIC JOBS

Artistic jobs for 17 year olds

 

If you are artsy and love making crafts or designing logos, then you should check out these two options for selling your work.

ETSY

If you love making crafts and selling them, then you should check out Etsy.  Since you are under 18 years old, you will need a parent or guardian to manage your account, but you can make the crafts and reap the profits!

It only costs 20 cents to list your item on Etsy, so the cost to get started is extremely low.

To get started, follow these 7 steps to build a thriving Etsy business!

FIVERR

If you have a creative bent, then Fiverr may be just the place for you to find a gig.  There is a huge range of opportunities from graphic design to writing blog posts to video creation.

The list is huge on this site and could be a great place to showcase your talents.  All this can be done from your computer!  All you need to do is set up an account, decide what category to start in and then create your offer.

You will want to make sure that whatever you decide to offer, you can deliver on.  People can review you on this site and some bad reviews could keep potential clients away.  Definitely, make sure that your first jobs are fantastic work and then ask your happy customers to leave a review, so that potential clients know they can trust your work.

5. COFFEE SHOP

Coffee shop jobs for 17 year olds

A job that offers flexible hours are coffee shops, such as Starbucks.  Starting out, you would begin as a Barista.  As a Barista, you will be trained in how to make all of the drinks on the menu, as each drink has a specific recipe to follow.  Having a friendly attitude and being detail oriented are a must since this is a very customer oriented job.

Once you show your aptitude for making quality drinks, positions like a shift leader or store manager would be your next step up the latter.  Those positions would require management training and learning how to motivate your team.  Take advantage of any time you can get management experience because this will look great on your resume.

6. GROCERY STORE

Grocery store jobs for 17 year olds

A local grocery store in your neighborhood would be a great place to start your search for your first job.

Many times you can get jobs stocking shelves, working the register or bagging groceries.  At Kroger you usually have to start out collecting the carts in the parking lot, but if you do a great job with that then you can quickly move on to jobs inside the store.

7. NATURE

Greenhouse jobs for 17 year olds

Do you have a green thumb?  If you enjoy working with plants, then there are three jobs that you should look into.

PARKS

Your local park is the busiest during the summer months, so they are usually looking for some help.

NURSERY

The first one is working at a nursery.  Your parents may even know about one near you if they have flower beds or gardens.  You would be working in either a greenhouse or outside and would be taking care of a variety of plants.

Nurseries usually have a variety of flowers, shrubs, trees, and greenery.  The types of tasks you would be doing at this job are planting, watering, pruning and moving plants in and out of the greenhouse.

LOCAL FARMHAND

Depending on where you are located, there may be a farm nearby that could use some help. Tasks on a farm could be picking vegetables, planting, or caring for animals.

These types of jobs aren’t always advertised, so you will want to ask family and friends if they know of anyone looking for help on their farm.  Or, stop in and ask the farm owner if they are hiring.  You will definitely want to start asking around before springtime, since spring through fall is the busiest time and is when they would likely be hiring.

8. SEASONAL JOBS

Lifeguard jobs for 17 year olds

LIFEGUARD

Being a lifeguard is an important job.  You will be making sure everyone in the pool stays safe and potentially save someone’s life!  A side benefit would be getting to work on your tan while keeping a watchful eye on the people in the pool.

The America Lifeguard Association has different requirements depending on what kind of lifeguard job you are planning to apply for.  Getting your lifeguard certification isn’t usually a requirement, but would definitely give you more job opportunities.

You can contact your local Red Cross or The American Lifeguard Association to schedule your training.

SHALLOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

In order to be a lifeguard at a pool that is 5 feet or less, there are two tests you will have to pass.

The first one is being able to swim 50 yards without stopping.  Secondly, you will also need to retrieve a 10 pound weight from the bottom of the pool.

Some pools don’t require that you are certified in First Aid and CPR, but having this training would go a long way in helping you get a job at a pool.

DEEP WATER REQUIREMENTS

In order to be a lifeguard at a pool or beach that is over 5 feet deep, there are two tests you will have to pass.

The first one is being able to swim 300 yards without stopping.  Secondly, you will also need to retrieve a 10 pound weight from the bottom of the pool.

Some pools and beaches don’t require that you are certified in First Aid and CPR, but having this training would definitely help you in finding a job as a lifeguard.

CAMP COUNSELOR

If working with kids and roasting marshmallows over a campfire sound fun to you, then you will want to check out camp counselor jobs near you.  Your local YMCA would be a good place to start.

There are many organizations in most cities that offer summer camps, so doing a quick google search should bring up lots of options for you to choose from.

A camp counselor is in charge of planning and leading activities with their group of kids.  If this is your first year being a camp counselor, then you would likely be paired with a more experienced counselor so that you can learn from them.

Having lots of energy and a love for teaching kids is a must for this job.  If you think that maybe teaching is something you would be interested in as a profession when you get older, then this could be a great opportunity for you to see how much you enjoy being in a teaching role.

SKI OR SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR

Turning a hobby into a job is pretty easy to do.  If you love to ski or snowboard, then becoming an instructor may be a natural step for you.  If you enjoy teaching people and encouraging beginners, then a good place for you to start down the path of getting a job as an instructor is talking to the place you spend most of your time skiing or snowboarding.  They can let you know what they require and if you need to be certified.

If you do need to be certified, then a great organization to look into is Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

AMUSEMENT PARK

Summer will be your biggest opportunity for working lots of hours and amusement parks are a great place to start building your resume.  You would be doing any number of things, such as ticket sales, assisting with rides, cleaning the grounds, and serving food.

Sometimes parks use other companies as vendors in their parks, so if the amusement park near you doesn’t have any openings right now, then you should check out other opportunities available for jobs with the park’s vendors.

ICE CREAM

Working at an ice cream parlor is a great summer job.  You’ll be able to find part-time and full-time options during the summer.

Depending on how busy an ice cream parlor is that is open all year around, such as Baskin Robbins, they may keep on summer staff at reduced hours.  This would work well if you were going back to school, but wanted to work a little bit throughout the school year.

9. LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Library Assistant job for 17 year olds

Working at a library is a great way to build your customer service skills.  Most libraries have assistant jobs or intern roles for students throughout the school year and especially during the summer.

The types of tasks you would have at a library would be shelving books, helping people find what they need, ordering books from other libraries, and straightening up the shelves.  Customer service will be your main focus as you are working in the library, so during your interview, focusing on that quality will help you land the job.

10. SPORTS

Sports jobs for 17 year olds

There are so many different jobs to pick from when it comes to sports.

CONCESSIONS

Most sporting events have a concession stand and when you aren’t busy serving customers you get to watch some of the game!

You will be spending most of your time serving customers or making food.  Some concession stands only serve prepackaged foods, so there would be no food preparation if you worked at one of those.

Since sports are all year around, you can find this type of job anytime.

REFEREE

Soccer, football, and basketball are all sports that need referees.  The age requirements for this vary, so you will have to check with your local league.  Once you verify that you are eligible for the job, then brush up on your knowledge of all the rules of the sport you are interested in refereeing.

You will have to have thick skin for this job.  Many times overly excited parents will disagree with a call that you make, so you will need to make sure you know your rules and stick to them.

UMPIRE

Check with your local baseball league to see if you would be eligible to be an umpire.  The age requirements vary, but many hire 17 year olds.

You can also register Little League as an umpire and instantly get connected with your local Little League through the national organization.  This would be a great place to start as you explore the job opportunities as an umpire.

ASSISTANT COACH

An assistant coach position isn’t always a paid position, but it could be a great way to get experience in coaching.  This job would give you an inside view of what goes into a coaching job and you would be able to learn from the head coach.

If you already play a sport, then you may want to look for an Assistant Coach job in that same sport, but for a younger group.  Since you would already be familiar with the rules and how to play, then you would be more likely to be considered for the job.

GOLF CADDIE

The job of a golf caddie is to carry the golf bag and hand the clubs to the golfer as needed.  You will need to learn the name of each club and have a general idea of what part of the course it is used on.  This will help you anticipate which club will be needed next.

As you get more experience, you will also be able to start making recommendations to the golfer on which club you recommend.

11. MOVIE THEATER

Movie Theater jobs for 17 year olds

Working at a movie theater is a great job because evenings and weekends are the busiest times.

There are three main areas of the movie theater where you would be working.  The first is at the ticket counter selling tickets.  This job is pretty straight forward since you only have one product to sell.  Movie tickets!

The second area you could work is in the concessions area.  You would be running the cash register or making the food.

The third area is in the movie theater.  The two options here are taking the tickets at the entrance or cleaning up the theater after a show.

12. START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Starting your own business for 17 year olds

You may read this suggestion and think, “Wait a minute!  I am 17 years old and I can be hired by a company, so why would I start my own business?”  Well, there are some great reasons to look into this option!

Running your own business is a great way to make more money per hour than you would be working minimum wage at the jobs listed above.

Remember that your time has value. In fact, your time has a ton of value.  Here is an example using lawn care.

If it takes you 30 minutes to mow your neighbor’s yard and he pays you $25, some quick math suggests that you were just paid $50 per hour. You’d probably have to work a full 8 hour shift at a fast food restaurant to come out with $50 because you would be paid minimum wage and be paying taxes as well.

Your neighbor isn’t necessarily paying you for your time, but rather for your value. Perhaps it hurts his back to do the lawn, or his work schedule doesn’t afford him many opportunities to take care of his own yard. To him, it is well worth $25 every week to not have to worry about the hassle of maintaining his landscaping.

In other words, your service has great value to him. He doesn’t care if it takes you 5 minutes or 5 hours, as long as it is done right he has decided that is worth $25 to him.

So whenever possible, seek out opportunities where you can be paid based on the value you provide.  You can find a list of potential businesses you can start by reading the article about jobs for 13 year olds.

If you have any ideas to share as it relates to jobs for 17 year olds, please share below!

Jobs For 16 Year Olds – A Practical Guide

So you are 16 and ready to work. What’s next? The good news is that according to OSHA, 16 is generally the minimum age to be employed at a “real” job.  The jobs for 16 year olds can vary widely depending on where you live and the type of work that is available. Generally, however, you can work in just about any non-hazardous line of work.

As far as the hours you can work, this can vary from state to state. For example, North Carolina says that if you are in school, you can’t work between 11 PM and 5 AM on a school night.

While the laws are good to know, don’t get too hung up on it and let that stop you from finding a job. Knowing all of the laws in the world doesn’t help much if you can’t find work!

WHERE ARE THE JOBS FOR 16 YEAR OLDS?

Jobs for 16 year olds

The first question you need to answer is why are you looking for a job. That sounds simple enough, but do you really need the money or is it more about filling some time or maybe looking to build experience?

Depending on your answer to that question will determine the kind of jobs you should be open to. Here are two options for you to think about.

1. JOBS FOR MONEY

Since you have limited hours that you are allowed to work, you will want to get the most out of the time you have.

One option is starting your own business.  People pay well for babysitting and lawn care services and you get paid in cash.

You might get paid $20  – $40 for mowing a neighbor’s lawn, which may take you less than an hour. That is somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 per hour. To give you some perspective, $30 per hour would be doing well at almost any age, but particularly 16.

Or, working in a service field like a restaurant can also be a good business to go into.  Don’t think that starting out as a dishwasher or waiter is always some temporary dead-end job. The COO of IHOP started out as a waitress there when she was 16. It is a pretty cool story – check it out.

2. JOBS FOR EXPERIENCE

There isn’t always a clear delineation between jobs for 16 year olds which make good money, and those which provide good experience. Obviously, you can find the best of both worlds at times, but again depending on what your focus of finding a job is can determine the types of jobs you should consider.

Maybe at 16 all of your bills are paid for by mom and dad, and you don’t really need to work. However, you know that eventually you are going to get a “real” job and you are ready to start preparing for that.

While that may sound crazy, sometimes you can find an unpaid internship that is virtually priceless as far as the experience it affords you.

For instance, if you already have a strong inclination that you want to go into graphic design and you really enjoy that; go into the best graphic design place you can find and simply ask if you can help out.

That may sound oversimplified, but that is really where you should start. Tell them you are in school, you love learning about graphic design and you just want to learn whatever you can – “how can I help?”

Don’t be surprised if they let you do some job shadowing or give you some project work to take home. Maybe they’ll let you do a version of whatever logo or project they have going, and then provide feedback for you.

You may not realize it now, but this is extremely valuable.

EXPERIENCE HAS VALUE

Why is it so valuable? First, it looks great on your resume. Although it is a couple of years away, you may go to college or a technical school for graphic design.

By the time you are looking for permanent jobs, you’ll be able to list some real-world experience that many of your competitors won’t have.

Secondly, it is great for networking. This simply means you have an opportunity to make some great connections in the industry.

Impress this company with what you can offer and they may hire you straight out of school. If not them, they would be happy to write a recommendation for you or be a handy reference for a different position.

This is applicable to any industry.  Look for people in the field you are interested in right now and find out how you can add value to what they do. In adding value for them or providing them some benefit, you’ll automatically get all the benefits discussed earlier.

In our Expert Series, recruiter Derron Juarez shared this story: “When I was in high school, I was very into athletics. There was a small gym about a block from my house, so I walked in one day and asked if I could help the owner around the gym: from sweeping to cleaning the equipment, I did it all.

Walk through your neighborhood, look for something that interests you, and walk into that business. Offer your services for experience or pay, both are great down the road.

Another thing is to ask friends what their parents do: many people own their own business in some way, so you could make a few bucks helping out a friend’s parents with odd jobs.” So get out there, think creatively and be bold.

JOB IDEAS FOR 16 YEAR OLDS

Job ideas for 16 year olds

Here is a list of several job categories for you to look into.  There are so many possibilities here, so you should be able to find one that you feel will be a great fit for you.

Sometimes you have to try several different jobs to get a feel for what you enjoy doing.  Don’t be afraid to try more than one of the jobs listed below.

1. FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY

Food service jobs for 16 year olds

There are three different options to look at when considering a job in the foodservice industry.

WAITER OR WAITRESS

In the foodservice industry, one of the best is waiting tables. 16 is usually old enough, given that you won’t be serving alcohol. Knowing that, think about the restaurants nearby that always seem to be busy.

One example is Cracker Barrel. This is a perfect place for a teenager to wait tables.  It has a simple menu, is alcohol-free, and is generally busy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As a waiter, typically you are paid a very low hourly wage.  The real money you make comes from tips. This is why it is critical to start your job search by only considering places that are fairly busy during the hours you’d like to work. If you go work a dinner shift after school for 5 hours and only have 3 or 4 tables, you are probably making less than minimum wage. However, that same 5-hour shift at a busy local restaurant might net you $80 – $100 in cash as you walk out the door.

Attitude and initiative are important in just about anything you do.  It is particularly important though if you are waiting tables. The other thing I like about this line of work for a teenager is that you can directly influence what you earn by your effort and your attitude.

While being busy is important, a bad waiter might make $15 from 5 tables.  A good waiter would have made $40 from those same 5 tables. If you are friendly and willing to hustle, this is a job where you can do better than most people your age.

If you have a place in mind, stop by in person and tell them you’d like to work there. This is much more effective than dropping an application online or a phone call.

DISHWASHER

As the dishwasher in a restaurant, you are the lowest person on the totem pole, but it is a good place to start when you don’t have much work experience.

The main goal of this job is getting a fast turnaround time with the dishes.  Everyone in the restaurant depends on you to work quickly and efficiently.

Some key things to remember when you are working in this area are, prioritizing what dishes are washed next according to what is used the most, changing the water frequently to prevent clogs and keeping your work area organized.

During the slower times of the day, there may be opportunities for you to help do other things around the kitchen.  Mopping and sweeping floors and taking out the garbage are not glamours jobs but will show that you are a hard worker and will get you a promotion much faster.

FAST FOOD

Fast food jobs, such as McDonald’s, are usually very flexible with schedules.  They typically have lots of work shifts to choose from since teenagers make up a large portion of their workforce.

The tasks that you will likely come across are taking customer’s orders, cleaning, preparing food and stocking the self-serve station.

This type of job is where you can learn good customer service skills.  Not everyone is happy when they have to wait for their fries or they get upset when they didn’t get exactly what they ordered.

Learning how to best handle disgruntled customers is a skill that will serve you well in any job you would pursue next.

2. MOVIE THEATER

Jobs at a movie theater for 16 year olds

Working at a movie theater is a great job because evenings and weekends are the busiest times.

There are three main areas of the movie theater where you would be working.  The first is at the ticket counter selling tickets.  This job is pretty straight forward since you only have one product to sell.  Movie tickets!

The second area you could work is in the concessions area.  You would be running the cash register or making the food.

The third area is in the movie theater.  The two options here are taking the tickets at the entrance or cleaning up the theater after a show.

3. COFFEE SHOP

Coffee Shop jobs for 16 year olds

At 16 years old, you are eligible to apply to coffee shops, such as Starbucks.  Starting out, you would begin as a Barista.  As a Barista, you will be trained in how to make all of the drinks on the menu, as each drink has a specific recipe to follow.  Having a friendly attitude and being detail oriented are a must since this is a very customer oriented job.

Once you show your aptitude for making quality drinks, positions like a shift leader or store manager would be your next step up the latter.  Those positions would require management training and learning how to motivate your team.  Take advantage of any time you can get management experience because this will look great on your resume.

4. SPORTS

Sports Jobs for 16 year olds

There are so many different jobs to pick from when it comes to sports.

CONCESSIONS

Most sporting events have a concession stand and when you aren’t busy serving customers you get to watch some of the game!

You will be spending most of your time serving customers or making food.  Some concession stands only serve prepackaged foods, so there would be no food preparation if you worked at one of those.

Since sports are all year around, you can find this type of job anytime.

REFEREE

Soccer, football, and basketball are all sports that need referees.  The age requirements for this vary, so you will have to check with your local league.  Once you verify that you are eligible for the job, then brush up on your knowledge of all the rules of the sport you are interested in refereeing.

You will have to have thick skin for this job.  Many times overly excited parents will disagree with a call that you make, so you will need to make sure you know your rules and stick to them.

UMPIRE

Check with your local baseball league to see if you would be eligible to be an umpire.  The age requirements vary, but many hire 16 year olds.

You can also register Little League as an umpire and instantly get connected with your local Little League through the national organization.  This would be a great place to start as you explore the job opportunities as an umpire.

ASSISTANT COACH

An assistant coach position isn’t always a paid position, but it could be a great way to get experience in coaching.  This job would give you an inside view of what goes into a coaching job and you would be able to learn from the head coach.

If you already play a sport, then you may want to look for an Assistant Coach job in that same sport, but for a younger group.  Since you would already be familiar with the rules and how to play, then you would be more likely to be considered for the job.

GOLF CADDIE

The job of a golf caddie is to carry the golf bag and hand the clubs to the golfer as needed.  You will need to learn the name of each club and have a general idea of what part of the course it is used on.  This will help you anticipate which club will be needed next.

As you get more experience, you will also be able to start making recommendations to the golfer on which club you recommend.

5. CLOTHING RETAIL

Retail jobs for 16 year olds

If you enjoy working with people and clothing, then clothing retail could be a fun job for you.  Stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Walmart and Old Navy all hire 16 year olds.

In a clothing retail job, you won’t just be folding clothes.  A huge part of this job is customer service.  Helping customers find what they need and showing them their options.

You will also have the opportunity to work at the cash register.  Some stores offer their employees incentives for getting customers to sign up for loyalty cards or credit cards.  So, that can be another way to make a little more on top of your hourly pay.

6. LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Library assistant job for 16 year olds

Working at a library is a great way to build your customer service skills.  Most libraries have assistant jobs or intern roles for students throughout the school year and especially during the summer.

The types of tasks you would have at a library would be shelving books, helping people find what they need, ordering books from other libraries, and straightening up the shelves.  Customer service will be your main focus as you are working in the library, so during your interview, focusing on that quality will help you land the job.

7. SEASONAL JOBS

Summer jobs for 16 year olds

CAMP COUNSELOR

If working with kids and roasting marshmallows over a campfire sound fun to you, then you will want to check out camp counselor jobs near you.  Your local YMCA would be a good place to start.

There are many organizations in most cities that offer summer camps, so doing a quick google search should bring up lots of options for you to choose from.

A camp counselor is in charge of planning and leading activities with their group of kids.  If this is your first year being a camp counselor, then you would likely be paired with a more experienced counselor so that you can learn from them.

Having lots of energy and a love for teaching kids is a must for this job.  If you think that maybe teaching is something you would be interested in as a profession when you get older, then this could be a great opportunity for you to see how much you enjoy being in a teaching role.

LIFEGUARD

Being a lifeguard is an important job.  You will be making sure everyone in the pool stays safe and potentially save someone’s life!  A side benefit would be getting to work on your tan while keeping a watchful eye on the people in the pool.

The America Lifeguard Association has different requirements depending on what kind of lifeguard job you are planning to apply for.  Getting your lifeguard certification isn’t usually a requirement, but would definitely give you more job opportunities.

You can contact your local Red Cross or The American Lifeguard Association to schedule your training.

SHALLOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

In order to be a lifeguard at a pool that is 5 feet or less, there are two tests you will have to pass.

The first one is being able to swim 50 yards without stopping.  Secondly, you will also need to retrieve a 10 pound weight from the bottom of the pool.

Some pools don’t require that you are certified in First Aid and CPR, but having this training would go a long way in helping you get a job at a pool.

DEEP WATER REQUIREMENTS

In order to be a lifeguard at a pool or beach that is over 5 feet deep, there are two tests you will have to pass.

The first one is being able to swim 300 yards without stopping.  Secondly, you will also need to retrieve a 10 pound weight from the bottom of the pool.

Some pools and beaches don’t require that you are certified in First Aid and CPR, but having this training would definitely help you in finding a job as a lifeguard.

SKI OR SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR

Turning a hobby into a job is pretty easy to do.  If you love to ski or snowboard, then becoming an instructor may be a natural step for you.  If you enjoy teaching people and encouraging beginners, then a good place for you to start down the path of getting a job as an instructor is talking to the place you spend most of your time skiing or snowboarding.  They can let you know what they require and if you need to be certified.

If you do need to be certified, then a great organization to look into is Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

AMUSEMENT PARK

Summer will be your biggest opportunity for working lots of hours and amusement parks are a great place to start building your resume.  You would be doing any number of things, such as ticket sales, assisting with rides, cleaning the grounds, and serving food.

Sometimes parks use other companies as vendors in their parks, so if the amusement park near you doesn’t have any openings right now, then you should check out other opportunities available for jobs with the park’s vendors.

8. TUTOR

Tutoring jobs for 16 year olds

If you enjoy teaching, then being a tutor would be a great option for you to look into.  There are two ways that you can look for tutoring jobs.

ONLINE TUTORING

Through enroll.com you are able to tutor anyone who is under 18 years old.  It is free to sign up and all you will need is either a FaceBook account or a Google+ account.

Once you sign up, set your schedule so that students looking for a tutor know when you are available.  The tutoring is done through a webcam with audio, so your computer will need that capability.

Students can rate their tutors, so make sure that the subjects you are planning to tutor students on are ones that you are very knowledgeable about.

LOCAL TUTORING

If tutoring online isn’t for you, then start asking around at school or friends and family to see if anyone is looking for a tutor in your area of expertise.

Check out the article about jobs for 13 year olds to read about the 3 suggestions we have for advertising your business.

9. NATURE

Greenhouse jobs for 16 year olds

Do you have a green thumb?  If you enjoy working with plants, then there are three jobs that you should look into.

PARKS

Your local park is the busiest during the summer months, so they are usually looking for some help.

NURSERY

The first one is working at a nursery.  Your parents may even know about one near you if they have flower beds or gardens.  You would be working in either a greenhouse or outside and would be taking care of a variety of plants.

Nurseries usually have a variety of flowers, shrubs, trees, and greenery.  The types of tasks you would be doing at this job are planting, watering, pruning and moving plants in and out of the greenhouse.

LOCAL FARMHAND

Depending on where you are located, there may be a farm nearby that could use some help. Tasks on a farm could be picking vegetables, planting, or caring for animals.

These types of jobs aren’t always advertised, so you will want to ask family and friends if they know of anyone looking for help on their farm.  Or, stop in and ask the farm owner if they are hiring.  You will definitely want to start asking around before springtime, since spring through fall is the busiest time and is when they would likely be hiring.

10. ARTISTIC JOBS

Artistic jobs for 16 year olds

If you are artsy and love making crafts or designing logos, then you should check out these two options for selling your work.

ETSY

If you love making crafts and selling them, then you should check out Etsy.  Since you are under 18 years old, you will need a parent or guardian to manage your account, but you can make the crafts and reap the profits!

It only costs 20 cents to list your item on Etsy, so the cost to get started is extremely low.

To get started, follow these 7 steps to build a thriving Etsy business!

FIVERR

If you have a creative bent, then Fiverr may be just the place for you to find a gig.  There is a huge range of opportunities from graphic design to writing blog posts to video creation.

The list is huge on this site and could be a great place to showcase your talents.  All this can be done from your computer!  All you need to do is set up an account, decide what category to start in and then create your offer.

You will want to make sure that whatever you decide to offer, you can deliver on.  People can review you on this site and some bad reviews could keep potential clients away.  Definitely, make sure that your first jobs are fantastic work and then ask your happy customers to leave a review, so that potential clients know they can trust your work.

11. GROCERY STORE

Grocery store jobs for 16 year olds

A local grocery store in your neighborhood would be a great place to start your search for a job.

The jobs you will find at your grocery store are stocking shelves, being a cashier or bagging groceries.  Customer service is also an important job.  No matter what role you find yourself in at the store, you will want to know the layout of the store, so you can help customers find what they need if they would ask you.

12. START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Starting your own business as a 16 year old

You may read this suggestion and think, “Wait a minute!  I am 16 years old and I can be hired by a company, so why would I start my own business?”  Well, there are some great reasons to look into this option!

Running your own business is a great way to make more money per hour than you would be working minimum wage at the jobs listed above.

Remember that your time has value. In fact, your time has a ton of value.  Here is an example using lawn care.

If it takes you 30 minutes to mow your neighbor’s yard and he pays you $25, some quick math suggests that you were just paid $50 per hour. You’d probably have to work a full 8 hour shift at a fast food restaurant to come out with $50 because you would be paid minimum wage and be paying taxes as well.

Your neighbor isn’t necessarily paying you for your time, but rather for your value. Perhaps it hurts his back to do the lawn, or his work schedule doesn’t afford him many opportunities to take care of his own yard. To him, it is well worth $25 every week to not have to worry about the hassle of maintaining his landscaping.

In other words, your service has great value to him. He doesn’t care if it takes you 5 minutes or 5 hours, as long as it is done right he has decided that is worth $25 to him.

So whenever possible, seek out opportunities where you can be paid based on the value you provide.  You can find a list of potential businesses you can start by reading the article about jobs for 13 year olds.

INTERVIEWING FOR A JOB AT 16

Interviewing for a job at 16

Since 16 is when you can legally start working most jobs, it is likely that you have never completed a formal job interview. No matter how you go about finding your job, you’ll undoubtedly have to complete at least 1 interview before being given the job.

It is important that you don’t take anything for granted when walking into this job interview. What I mean is, even if you did a great job networking and you are going to be interviewing with your uncle Bill who runs the place, you need to take this seriously.

Jennifer Byrd, a recruiting manager at York Companies in Louisville, KY offers this advice: “Be prepared. Interviewing is a lot like giving a speech. If you are prepared for it, it’s not quite as bad. If you know what you are going to say and have practiced it, you will do much better.

Research the company you are interviewing with instead of walking in blindly and look up some sample interview questions before you go. Bring a copy of your resume if you have one. Dress appropriately- don’t overdress or undress.

Look at how the employees dress who are already employed and this should help you decide on what to wear. When in doubt, khakis and a nice shirt will work.”

These are all great tips to get you started. Preparation is absolutely key. Here are some other job interview tips to follow.

1. BE POLITE AND COURTEOUS

Use “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” until the interviewer says to call them something else. You would be surprised how many people your age miss this step and make a terrible first impression.

Using your manners will help you stand out from the crowd.

2. DRESS WELL

When in doubt, wear a shirt and tie for guys or a nice, modest dress for ladies. Again, many 16 year olds won’t do this and it will help you make a good first impression.

If the place you are going to work is casual, perhaps you could get by with khaki pants and a button-up shirt.

Even if you overdress, this will almost never be seen as a negative thing as the person knows that you care about the job opportunity and take it seriously. That sends a great message.

3. KNOW ABOUT THE JOB

Take 10 minutes and Google the company if it isn’t a place you already know well. Find out what they do, and ideally what your job will entail.

This will help you ask educated questions when the time comes and again show that you took time to prepare.

4. ASK QUESTIONS

It is expected that you ask questions, even if deep down you feel like you don’t have any. Here are some good samples of what you could be asking. 

Remember that you are interviewing them as well, so try to find out if this sounds like a place where you would enjoy working and get some benefits out of it as well.

You don’t want to come right out and say “do I get paid vacation?” or “how much are you going to pay me?” in your first interview. Those things will come up later, but find out about the company and the job you are applying for.

5. PRACTICE

Ask your mom or dad to do a practice interview with you. It is likely that they have been in your shoes, so they can do a test interview with you at home.

While that might sound horribly awkward, you’ll be surprised how much that helps your mind get in the right mode before the interview. If there is something you struggle to articulate, it is better to figure that out beforehand so you can work on it.

6. FOCUS ON EXPERIENCE

“But I am 16 years old! I don’t have any experience.” It doesn’t have to be job experience. The person interviewing you understands you are only 16 as well.  They aren’t expecting you to have a job history.

However, they will want to know about situations where you were a part of a team and accomplished a goal. So think ahead of time of experience you’ve had a school, church, and other groups.  What lessons you’ve learned that might be beneficial for getting a job? This could be charity work you’ve done, fundraisers, sports teams, missions trips, etc.

As long as you practice and are prepared, you can just relax and be yourself in the interview process.

Derron Juarez also had some great advice regarding how to prepare for the interview:

“If you do not have any experience, use examples of your school work or when you had to work in a group and you came together to accomplish a goal/project. Teamwork and leadership are great attributes which all companies are looking for. If you are an athlete or the leader of a club, give those examples to employers during an interview, it shows commitment, hard work, and effort.”

Although the questions may be worded differently, these general themes will work their way through. Have some stories about when you worked well as part of a team to complete a project. The employer understands you are 16, so something you may consider insignificant will work well. Even if this is some volunteer work you did with church or school.  Or, maybe your participation on a sports team. If you have a couple stories like this at the ready, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Do you have any advice on the topic of jobs for 16 year olds? Feel free to comment!

 

Jobs For 13 Year Olds – Think Outside The Box

If you are a 13 year old, you probably think that you can’t get a job yet.  Think again!  Here is a list that will help you think creatively about how you can make money at 13 years old.  Below are suggestions that are seasonal and all year around job opportunities.  After reading through the list, make sure you get your parent’s permission before you try any of these ideas!

According to the US Department of Labor, 14 is the minimum age that you are able to work in “non-agricultural” jobs. While states can have their own child labor laws, when they differ from the federal law then the higher standard must be used. This means that jobs for 13 year olds are limited to “non-formal” work.

This means that you can’t go down to your local grocery store and get hired as a standard employee. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t earn money in an “off the books” manner from a legitimate business.

Don’t think about being 13 as merely a roadblock to employment. You can still make money at any age, but you just have to think about it a little differently.  Here are 13 ideas for you to consider.

1. LAWN CARE

Jobs For 13 year olds - Mowing Lawn

Being a homeowner means that there is lots of upkeep around the outside of the house all year long.

This is a great opportunity for you to make some extra cash because most of the below tasks are time-consuming, so homeowners might find it hard to fit these tasks into their busy day.

MOWING GRASS

When you get your first customer, make sure you do outstanding work the first time.

This will help you continue to get jobs from them and could also give you the opportunity to get continuous work from one customer all year long.  This is one job that it is especially important that you have experience doing.

Ideally, you should start by mowing the lawn for your parent’s house. Not only is this great practice, but it also shows what kind of work you can do if you approach your neighbor about mowing their lawn.

If your own yard is poorly done, they probably won’t be too eager to pay you to start mowing their lawn. So whether your parents pay you or not, you should definitely start at home.

WEEDING

This is an additional service that you could offer with mowing the lawn or you could just focus on weeding.

Weeding flower beds and around shrubbery is something that takes constant upkeep over the summer months and maybe even all year around depending on where you live.

When you get your first weeding job, make sure the homeowner goes over all the plants and weeds with you so that you have a clear understanding of which ones need to stay and which ones need to be pulled.  The last thing you want to do is accidentally pull up plants that they have purchased for their flower beds!

RAKING LEAVES

If you live in an area that experiences fall, then this is a great job opportunity!

Raking leaves is hard work and very time consuming, but that also means that this is a job that a neighbor is likely willing to pay for someone else to do.  Since the leaves normally fall off the trees over a couple months, it is best to start talking to your neighbors as soon as you see the first few leaves on the ground.

That will give them a chance to think about it and then gives you the potential of raking leaves for them several times throughout the next few weeks.

2. CHILD CARE

Babysitting is a great job for 13 year olds

If you love babysitting or have always wanted to have this responsibility, then this is another great job for 13 a year old. You should be realistic that some parents won’t trust someone your age to care for their kids alone.

Showing that you are mature and responsible with how you act will go a long way to getting a babysitting job.  Also, your local Red Cross usually offers babysitting classes that will train you on what to do if there is an emergency.

Having this training will definitely give you more credibility when you talk with parents about why they should hire you to watch their kids.

Another option would be babysitting at your home when your parents are also home.

A neighbor might feel more comfortable knowing that your parents are home in the case that there would be an emergency.  Giving them the option to watch their kids at their home or at your home will give them options to choose from so that they can pick the option that makes them feel most comfortable and will give you a better chance of getting the job.

3. ARTISTIC JOBS

Artistic Jobs for 13 Year Olds

If you have a creative bent, then Fiverr may be just the place for you to find a gig.  There is a huge range of opportunities from graphic design to writing blog posts to video creation.

The list is huge on this site and could be a great place to showcase your talents.  All this can be done from your computer!  All you need to do is set up an account, decide what category to start in and then create your offer.

You will want to make sure that whatever you decide to offer, you can deliver on.  People can review you on this site and some bad reviews could keep potential clients away.  Definitely, make sure that your first jobs are fantastic work and then ask your happy customers to leave a review, so that potential clients know they can trust your work.

4. GARAGE SALES

Managing a Garage Sale is a Great Job for a 13 Year Old

If you live in a neighborhood, then garage sales are a great way to make some extra cash during the summer!  There are two ways you can go about running a garage sale.

YOUR GARAGE SALE

There is a good chance that your parents have lots of things they would like to clean out of the garage or attic, but just don’t have the time to put together a garage sale.

It takes time to get everything out and set up for the potential customers that will be stopping by.  Ask your parents what they would like to sell and plan a weekend to do it.

You can check online to see what other garage sales are going on each weekend.  It’s better to plan your sale when there are a number of other sales going on at the same time because potential customers like making one stop to visit several sales at the same time.

YOUR NEIGHBOR’S GARAGE SALE

Once you have your own garage sale, you can ask neighbors if you could run a garage sale for them for a commission as your fee. If they picked out the items, you would set them up in their driveway and run the sale for the day.

Or, if they aren’t interested in doing a garage sale at their home, you could ask them if they have anything they would like to get rid of and you could run your own garage sale again, but this time with items you have collected from neighbors.

5. ALL ABOUT DOGS

Jobs for 13 Year Olds - Walking Dogs and Pet Grooming

WALKING DOGS

Every dog owner realizes that they should walk their dog every day so they get enough exercise to stay healthy, but not every owner has time to do that.  It is recommended that dogs should be walked at least 15 – 30 minutes a couple times a day.

Decide on a 15 minute pay rate and a 30 minute pay rate and start going door to door in your neighborhood to see who would be interested in your services.  This job would be an easy one to do after school and on the weekends.

Also, start collecting plastic grocery bags now so that you will have something to use to clean up after the dogs if they go to the bathroom on the walk.  If you are walking more than one dog at a time, you will want to have at least 3 bags per dog.

DOG GROOMING

If you love dogs and have a lot of patience, then grooming could be the perfect job for you.  Some services that you could provide are: brushing, washing, cleaning ears, teeth cleaning, and nail trimming.

Most pet owners own a brush and nail clippers already, so you likely wouldn’t have to buy any supplies to get started.

POOP CLEAN-UP

These same dog owners will probably also need their backyard cleaned up too.  One of the least liked jobs of taking care of a pet is clean up poop in the backyard, so this could be an additional service you could offer.

This job probably isn’t at the top of your list because it is not a fun one, but the earning potential for this job is pretty high since most pet owners do not enjoy this task.

6. WINDOW WASHING

Window Washing is a Good Job for 13 Year Olds

Window washing takes a lot of time washing both the inside and outside of the windows and is one of those tasks that is easy to put off.  Spring is a great time to get started since that is usually when homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning for their home.

All you will need to get started is glass cleaner and paper towels.  For two-story homes you will likely only be able to clean the inside of the window, which is perfectly fine since that is where most of the fingerprints are anyway.

7. HOUSE SITTING

House Sitting is a Great Job for 13 Year Olds

House sitting is a great opportunity to make extra money without having to invest a lot of time.  When your neighbors go on vacation or work trips, offering your house sitting services will give them peace of mind that their house will be looked after while they are out of town.

Services you can offer are: picking up the mail and newspapers, watering plants, checking each room to make sure nothing is leaking, and feeding pets.

Before they leave, ask them to fill out a check list, so that you have all the information you need while they are out of town.

You can start talking to your neighbors anytime, but there is a good chance that Christmas time, spring break, and summer are times that people will usually be traveling.  Definitely, don’t miss those time frames because there is a good chance that you can pick up several jobs around this time.

8. HOUSE CLEANING

Jobs for 13 Year Olds - House Cleaning

If you already do chores at home, then you will be well qualified to offer your housework services.  Since houses need to be cleaned on a regular basis, this could potentially be a job that you could do weekly or once a month.

Make a list of all of the tasks around the house that you can do well and also ask your parents for feedback to make sure you will be offering top-notch work.

Housework requires paying close attention to detail and knowing what chemicals you can use on each type of surface.  Going through each area of the house with your parents and reviewing what cleaner you can use in each room and on each surface will help you be prepared when presenting your services to your prospective customers.

9. SHOVELING SNOW

Shoveling Snow is a Good Winter Job for 13 Year Olds

For busy professionals, having to shovel the driveway and clean off the car before leaving for work in the morning is definitely a hassle.  Download a weather app to your phone or your parent’s phone and pay attention to when they are predicting snow.

The day before it is supposed to snow, go door to door and let people know that you are willing to shovel driveways and clean off cars the following morning.  Find out what time your neighbor needs to leave in the morning and make sure you schedule enough time so that they aren’t waiting on you.

10. ONLINE SURVEYS

Jobs for 13 Year Olds - Filling Out Online Surveys

If you enjoy spending time on the computer, then there are a couple sites that you can sign up and earn points by taking surveys.  The points then turn into gift cards after you have earned a certain number.  You get to pick what gift cards you get, so you can pick the ones to your favorite stores.

SWAGBUCKS

On this site you earn “bucks” by watching videos, doing searches and answering surveys.  This is perfect to do when you’re watching TV.  Since you also earn bucks when you do online searches, then simply doing research for a school project will help you wrack up the points as well.  You can sign up here to get started.

VIP VOICE

This site is similar to SwagBucks in that you earn points and get gift cards in return.  VIP Voice has mainly surveys that review products and services.  If you don’t know anything about the products, your parents might be able to help you with the survey.  You can sign up here to get started.

11. ODD JOBS FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS

Working for a Family Business is a Great Job for a 13 Year Old

You should also be open to finding odd jobs to make extra money. One of the keys to finding jobs for 13 year olds is flexibility.

If you have a family member or friend who owns a small business, call and ask if there is something you may be able to help with. Again, they wouldn’t bring you on as an employee but may give you cash for helping them out.

An example might be if you have an uncle who works on heating and air conditioners.   There may be times where he needs to remove an old unit and install a new one. He may need somebody to ride along and help him lift out the old and drop in the new. This may be the perfect way to pick up some extra cash on a Saturday morning or over the summer.

There is certainly no harm in asking, and many times small business owners need some help with odd jobs and they would be happy to find a dependable teenager to do the work.

12. LEMONADE STAND

Jobs for 13 Year Olds - Lemonade Stand

Setting up a lemonade stand is easy to do and you don’t need a lot of supplies.  You just need a card table, chair, cups and lemonade.

This is one job that can also be fun to do with friends.  Partnering with a friend can help when you need to go make more lemonade or need a break from sitting out in front of your house.

Another place you could sell is at local sporting events.  If you decide to go this route, then you might want to also sell bottled water.  Purchasing a case of 24 bottles will cost you around $4 and then you can turn around and easily sell them for $1 each.

13. CAR WASH

Washing Cars is a Great Job for 13 Year Olds

It should be easy to spot who needs this service the most! You can get started by purchasing a car wash kit and then start looking for dirty cars. If you don’t want to go door to door and you have a driveway of your own that someone could pull into, put out a sign in front of your house to advertise that you are doing a $5 car wash!

It should only take 10 – 15 minutes to give a good exterior wash, so you can really pick up some extra money if you live in a place that has a fair amount of cars driving by.

HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES

How to Advertise Your Jobs for a 13 Year Old

After you pick the service you want to provide, the next step is to advertise! There are a couple of easy ways to do this:

GO DOOR TO DOOR

Walk up and down your street (with parental permission of course) and knock on doors. Introduce yourself, tell them you are looking to make some extra money and present the service you are offering.

This is the simplest and cheapest way to get started.  The real key is, once you land the job, you need to make sure you do great work. Don’t make people re-think their decision.

As far as pay, they may offer you a certain amount or they may ask what you’d charge.  Have a pay rate in mind that you can suggest, but also be open to negotiating.  Sometimes you have to start on the lower end until you get more experience and then you can charge more for your services.

MAKE SIGNS

See if your parents will help you make some signs. Many times local restaurants and public places will have bulletin boards where you can hang a piece of paper advertising your service. Print something out that is eye-catching and informative.

Another idea for a sign is to get a plastic yard sign for your house, similar to what you might see for a local election. Rather than “Vote Yes on Issue 2” your sign could say “Affordable Lawn Care – Call _____”. You can do this for any service you are providing.

ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

You may have your best luck starting out by talking to family and close family friends who know you are responsible enough to provide the service you are advertising.

Your parents can help you brainstorm on who might be the best person to ask first.  Also, asking your parents to make a Facebook post can also be another great way to get the word out.

BEFORE YOU START ADVERTISING

All of these ideas are very simple and get you well on your way to landing that first job. The last thing you will want to do before heading out is to read through this article about job interviews. While you won’t be going on a formal interview, you will need to present yourself well in order for someone to hire you.

Following the tips in this article will ensure that you are prepared for talking to potential customers.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON JOBS FOR 13 YEAR OLDS

Finding someone to pay you for your work can sometimes be hard, but don’t lose hope!  Keep working hard advertising your services and getting the word out.  You will find someone to hire you eventually!

Next year, you will have a number of different opportunities open to you for formal employment.  You may find that the jobs on the list you just read pay more once you have lots of customers.

If you’re curious what jobs you will be eligible for next year, Click here to learn more about jobs for 14 year olds.

 

Weekend Jobs Guide

So you are looking for weekend jobs? We’ve got you covered. Perhaps you are a student who can’t work throughout the week, or maybe you simply need to pick up extra hours to make ends meet. Either way, a good weekend job can be key to paying the bills and saving up some extra cash.

Weekend Jobs That Pay Well

If you are looking for a job on the weekends and you don’t have much experience, don’t overlook waiting on tables. Depending on where you work, you can really make some nice money in tips. As a consumer at restaurants, you know that you typically give 15 – 20% in a tip, for good service. From that, you can deduce that you would make more in tips at a nicer restaurant than a cheap place. Did you ever notice the wait staff at your favorite nice restaurant? They are typically adults, who are likely working there as their full-time gig or at least something that is helping pay the bills. That should be a sign to you. Look for restaurants that have a pricey menu which will in turn mean a hefty tip for you. If you are looking for a chain, even a place like Outback would have a good amount of tip money to be made for a server. If you are 16 and looking to wait tables, you’ll likely have to start somewhere where you won’t serve alcohol but there are plenty of good restaurants in this category.

If you are wanting to preserve your weekend evenings, while still picking up some extra money on a weekend job, then you should think about a place that features breakfast. Maybe this would be Cracker Barrel, Frisch’s, First Watch, etc. When the place has a big breakfast crowd, you can likely pick up some early hours and still make some good money. If you haven’t worked as a waiter before, you generally make a low hourly wage and then tips are really where you make the bulk of your money. Because of this, whether you are after weekend morning jobs or in the evening , it needs to be a place that is booming at the right time. Don’t waste your time with a restaurant that doesn’t really have a peak busy time that you can take advantage of.

Another advantage of working in the food service industry is that many people use the weekends as their time to eat out. While this may be the most inconvenient time for you socially, it will generally pay off as you will have big crowds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which means big tips for you! In fact, many service jobs where you depend on a tip aren’t really worth it unless you can work weekends.

Fun Weekend Jobs

Weekend Jobs - Ref BasketballSometimes there are jobs which still pay decent money, but are also fun to do. One that comes to mind is being a referee or umpire for youth sports. Many times grade school kids play their games on Saturdays and Sundays, and leagues are in need of officials with a clean background who can show up on time. If you play the sport yourself, you’ll already have an advantage in being familiar with the rules of the game. Perhaps you are on your high school soccer team, or used to play – it should be no sweat for you to ref a couple of 10 year old’s soccer game.

Besides keeping you active and being fun (assuming you enjoy the given sport you are officiating) this can also pay well. This number will vary based on the age and your geographic location, but typically you can expect $20 – $30 for officiating a youth basketball game. With the short halftimes and shorter quarters, these games typically last less than an hour. It is also common that you can work a few games in a row. So you may officiate a few games on a Saturday morning and walk out with a hundred dollars or so. It is also set up in some cases that you get paid cash by the coaches at the event, meaning that you walk out with cash on the same day! What a great weekend job coaching can be!

Another fun weekend job for the sports fan may be to work as security or event staff for your favorite sports team. If you go to professional sporting events, there are hundreds of people working the event to check bags as you enter and generally keep the peace between fans. These workers are always seasonal, and many times will be a mix of retirees and students who want to work part-time. If you are a big Yankees fan, as an example, what could be better than picking up some weekend hours working at Yankee Stadium during the game? While you generally won’t be able to watch the entire game, you’ll normally be able to see bits and pieces as you walk around the ballpark doing your job. Besides that, as a fan it is very exciting to just hear the buzz and be a part of the atmosphere of the game.

In the same category, many teams use a third party like Aramark to handle all of the vending in the stadium. Young people are generally welcome to work seasonally or on the weekends as a vendor at sporting events and other special events. This could be in food service, or selling souvenirs. Often these jobs are commission based, which means you get a percentage of what you sell. If your local team is good, or pretty popular and draws big crowds, this could also be good extra money and have a unique/fun element to it. (I did this myself in the late 1990’s and would make about $60 per game, working 4-5 hours).

If you live in an area where there aren’t many big time sports teams, but there are plenty of outdoor activities taking place, then maybe you can find weekend work in this sector. For instance, as a college student in Tennessee we were near a river where white water rafting was a big tourist attraction. A number of students would work for one of the local rafting companies as a guide on the weekends and get paid per trip plus tips from the guests. This was a great source of income and of course a ton of fun for those who love rafting anyway. Maybe where you live this could be a local tour guide of your city, working at the parks, or some other fun activity that is unique to your area. If it is something you enjoy, stop by and see if they need help on the weekends.

How To Find A Job On The Weekends

Okay, hopefully this article has at least given you some good starting points and food for thought about where you can find weekend jobs that will pay well, and maybe even be fun. Now the final question to answer is “how do I get started?”

In most instances mentioned above, the best way is to simply show up and talk to somebody. If it is working at a ballpark or stadium, the next time you go to a game walk up to a vendor or event staff and ask how they got that job. They’ll probably know who or where to refer you to. The same goes for other outdoor or tourist activities. The hiring process may well be somewhat informal, so your best shot is simply to go there and see what is available.

Another good starting point to finding a weekend job is social media. Find out if any of your friends or family have jobs on the weekend and if the company needs anyone else for a similar position. Also if you know of a friend who works somewhere that you like on a full-time basis, you can still ask if they know of a need for someone to work weekends only. As the saying goes, you never know until you ask. Feel free to share any other ideas in the comments below.

Find A Job With Social Media – Social Recruiting Keeps Growing

We know that social media has revolutionized many things in our personal life and in business. In fact, it seems you can’t go anywhere without having some interaction with social media. The same can be said for finding a job. According to Jobvite a growing number of companies are doing their recruiting efforts via Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. In the infographic below, 73% of companies surveyed said they had hired at least one employee via social recruiting.

Social Media Job Search

Infographic by Jobvite