Write a resume (see Building A Resume section). If you want a summer job, start early. Some summer camps start recruiting in the fall. Check the local newspapers and the Internet. If you’re looking for a part time job, ask your parents, teachers, school guidance office or friends if they know of a job opening. Let everyone know you are looking for employment. Walk the streets of your community to see if a store or business has a “help-wanted” sign.
If you want to work for a specific company, and it is a large one, check out their website. Learn as much as you can about them. Their website might even have a place for career information or job openings. Find out the name of the head of Human Resources (HR), and their address. Send them your resume with a cover letter.
If it is a small local business, call up or walk in and ask to speak to the manager to see if there are any current or future job openings you might apply for. If you walk in, make sure you’re appropriately dressed—and bring your resume.
Job hunting is a business in itself. Don’t be discouraged. You might have to contact many people, and send out numerous resumes. Every job provides some kind of experience. Once you get there, work hard, be responsible, show initiative. Volunteer, ask questions, and learn as much as you can. Don’t complain, be pleasant. If you have done a good job, ask for a letter of recommendation when your job ends. If your boss loves you, he or she might recommend you to another person or company. This is how you start networking. Remember, your reputation is everything. A good one builds on itself, a bad one… you guessed it. Finally, remember Uncle Sam (see Teens & Taxes section). If you’re getting paid, you probably need to file a tax return (hey, there are even some benefits and you might even get some money back).