Whether it’s during adolescene or graduation, we encourage our children with their job searches. However, we don’t always know what to help them with or don’t always know what is currently going on in the job market (for teens).
The first step is to create or update their resume, even if it has little experience on it at this time, they’ll look more professional and be taken seriously with a resume! Let’s take a look at some different opporunities available…
The Summer Job
You’ll find most teens between the ages of 15-18 getting summer jobs to make some money to put away in their savings. But, what are their options and do they have the right to work?
Usually, minors are allowed to apply for jobs as long as they have parental permission.
The most popular summer jobs for teens are:
- Camp Leader (stay away camp or day camp): This is an excellent job for your teen to develop their social skills. It’s also great if your teen regularly babysits during the year. We all know that this isn’t the easiest job either, kids don’t always obey the rules! But, this is great experience for any teen and they’ll meet lots of new friends. For more information visit l’Association des camps du Québec.
- Restaurants: During the summer months many restaurants will hire teens to help out for the busy months.These positions are often provide a flexible schedule and give teens a sense of responsibility, as well as a look into the world of business. These jobs can range from making sandwiches or making reservations.
- Grocery Stores: From convenience stores to supermarkets; grocery stores are still the most popular choice for a summer job. Your teen could help out with carts, cash or bagging food – there’s tons of options. You can usually find these jobs offers on the supermarket website.
The First Job Search
It is best to start the job search off by sending applications just around the same time they finish school for the year.
You can start researching by contacting companies that your teen seems interested in or their friends work for. You can always use your own personal connections to help out!
If your teen is looking for something a little more serious why not ask if they would be interested in doing an internship? This would be a great opportunity for them to get hands-on, practical experience working in an industry they’re interested in! They’d also get to make their own connections.
Anothe job search method you could rely on is by registering your teen on a job board like jobboom.com, monster.ca or even workopolis. This way they’ll be able to browse a variety of jobs and get an idea of how the “job hunt” works!
Remember it is important to set career goals early on, but also make sure you teach your teen how to reach them and the time it takes to get there. Not everyone will find their dream job at 15, that’s why we have to be patient, get experience and move forward until we know what we really want to do!