Waiting ‘til school is out to find a part-time summer gig will leave ya
scraping the bottom of the barrel for a bit of spending moolah. Now’s the time
to begin the search, but before you do, here are three things to keep in mind
when ya apply, interview and say Y-E-S.
Just because they know you’re a
teenager doesn’t mean you have to look and act like one
Dress maturely and conservatively both when you go to pick up/drop off
your application and when you interview. You don’t need to be in a suit for
most jobs, but wearing clean, pressed slacks or khakis and a neat button down
shirt or blouse will make a good first impression. Stand up straight with your
shoulders back, walk with purpose instead of shuffling and dragging your feet,
and speak clearly, eliminating “like” and “um” when you can.
Memorizing the basics will make
you appear more mature
You’re old enough to know your own schedule, summer plans and personal
information, like your social security number. Having these things down will
make you look independent, like an adult rather than a child. Remember, many
summer jobs hire based on timing—there are lots of applicants that can do the
job well. Not having to call them back with pertinent details could be the
different between getting the gig and not.
Not everything will be puppies
No matter if you’re working as a camp counselor or life guard or
barista, there are going to be parts of the job that are gross or boring or
unpleasant. You will probably have to clean bathrooms and deal with unruly
customers—and you’re gonna have to do it well, no matter how much you dislike
the work. Do everything with a polite smile on your face, and don’t think you’re
better than the task at hand. Everyone goes through this. It’s called paying
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/10/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN How to get a job, teen job ideas