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How to find a summer job for a 16-year-old

When the long summer holidays are only a few months away and your 16-year-old is faced -- possibly for the first time -- with having to find summer employment, ease his anxieties by helping him prepare for the job search.

Talk to your teenager about how to find and apply for summer jobs. Teach him the importance of dressing for success, job conduct, and the responsibilities that go along with having a job and earning wages.

Gather the important documents the teenager will need to apply for a job, including his National Insurance number card, birth certificate and passport.

Talk to your 16-year-old about prospective jobs he may be interested in. It is important to obtain work experience, but it is equally important to ensure that your teen has a good first work experience in a field of his choice.

Prepare your 16-year-old for the application process and job interviews. Conduct a self-analysis test by asking the following questions: What skills or training do you have? What organisations are you involved in? Do you have any leadership skills? Do you have any school experience that might be useful for your ideal summer job?

Have your 16-year-old produce her own CV, stating her skills and educational background. Since most teens lack extensive job skills, have her highlight her leadership and communication skills, and any other important training, volunteer or work experience that can make her an exceptional candidate for summer employment.

Encourage your teenager to talk with a school careers officer before the school year ends to compile a list of potential employers. Your teen should begin looking for summer employment three to four months before the school year ends to give him a head start on summer job opportunities.

Find local summer jobs by reading classified newspaper ads and online job boards. Encourage your 16-year-old to use the Internet to post her CV on job websites. She can also visit the local job centre to see if it has any suitable jobs.

Communicate the importance of filling out applications in person by visiting local shops, restaurants and other local businesses.

Review with your teenager the importance of dressing professionally when applying for jobs in person in case he meets a future employer or has an impromptu job interview. Your teenager should carry with him any important documents needed for employment as well as a hard copy CV and, if possible, a reference sheet.

Things Needed

  • Identification documents