A part-time job is a great way for high school students to add to their resumes, become more financially independent, and gain valuable work experience. However, searching and applying for jobs can be daunting, especially if a student has never worked before. The following job search tips can help high school students find the perfect part-time job.
1. Create a resume. Even if you don’t have any previous work experience, creating a resume is an important part of the job search process. In addition to highlighting your abilities and skills, it also helps show that you are serious about being hired. Include information such as your GPA, clubs or activities you are involved in, and volunteer experience.
2. Compile a list of references. While most entry-level jobs will not require letters of recommendation, most will ask for 2-3 references. Ask teachers, coaches, counselors, or close family friends if they would act as a reference for you. Let them know that you are beginning to look for a part-time jobs, and that they may get calls or emails from hiring managers.
3. Set up a professional email address. When applying for jobs – and colleges – it’s important to have a professional email address. A cutesy, immature, or inappropriate email address is a turn-off for many hiring managers. Keep it simple by using a combination of your first and last name or initials.
4. Clean up social media. If you are active on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, take the time to clean up your accounts before you start handing in applications. Remove any questionable posts, pictures, or tags and change privacy settings so only friends can see your updates.
5. Apply for a wide variety of positions. High school students are applying for many of the same part-time jobs. Because the pool of potential positions may be small, it’s important to apply for as many jobs as possible. Not only does this give you plenty of experience with the job application process, but it also helps increase your odds of being hired.
6. Follow up after interviews. Even when applying for an entry-level position, it’s important to follow up after an interview. Send a short email or thank you note to the person you spoke with thanking them for the interview. If you haven’t heard back within 7-10 days, call back to check in on the status of your application.