Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Derron Juarez

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In an effort to provide practical advice, we are kicking off an Expert Series. We’ve asked questions of recruiters, small business owners, and other experienced professionals.

Our goal is to give you ideas on what types of jobs to look for, tips to prepare for your interview, and other helpful pieces of information from those closest to the current job market. In this edition, we hear from recruiter Derron Juarez.

1. Briefly tell us about your role and experience in staffing and recruiting.

My role as a recruiter includes determining who is the best fit for any given position. When we get a “req” (requirement), we gather all the information which the company is looking for, and try to find the best candidate to fit that role.

2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

Any job that requires customer service is a good job. Anything from retail, to working in a grocery store, the majority of jobs out there deal with interacting with people; so being able and open to talking to people well help you further down the road in your future careers.

3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job 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.

4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.

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 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.

5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?

Job fairs or posting at your high school, or even a local college. Many colleges have job posting so go and ask for their career services office. Some jobs you won’t qualify for, but it will give you a good idea what’s out there and you may be able to get hired on by a job some college kids won’t do.

College kids are looking for something in their field of study, which leaves other jobs out there for high school students who want experience.

6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

Don’t be shy, ask anybody and anyone what they do and if you can help them, or know someone you can help. One thing I have learned over the years is that networking with people is how you will get ahead. When you have connections all over, it will help you further your career down the road.

That person who did not have a job available when you first asked, might have one in a month, and they will remember that you came to them. Reach out to everyone, and most of all, have fun doing it!

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