Questions To Ask Before Looking For A Job

  • What are your time commitments and current work load, which should include: academics, sports, clubs, family, social and other activities?  Make sure you can fit the job in.
  • How many hours and when can you work: part time, after school, weekends, evenings, summer?
  • How do you plan to get to a job?
  • Paid or Unpaid:  Do you need to make money, or can you volunteer or get an internship that will give you experience, but no money?
  • What do you like to do?
  • Do you like to be indoors or out?
  • Would you prefer physical labor, or using your head (not always exclusive of one another)?
  • Are you comfortable on your own, or would you prefer to work on a team or in a group setting?
  • What are the skills you can bring to an employer?
  • Can you create your own job?


Job Balancing Act


During our teen years we’re busy with school, friends, band, sports, and family and other activities.  So if you take a job you have to learn to prioritize and get organized.  You have to be committed to the job.  So the job needs to get to the top, or near the top, of your priority list.  You can’t call in sick or miss work for a baseball game or to hang with friends.  You need to make as much of a commitment to your employer as you hope he or she will to you.