Getting a part-time job can be a great and exciting experience for any high school student, as it brings new responsibility, new freedoms, and a little spending cash! But finding and interviewing for a first job can be a daunting task for anyone.
All it takes is a little research, preparation, and a dash of courage. So here’s how you snag that job:
Finding Your Niche … or Interest
Your hopes and dreams may not be to bag groceries or wait tables at the local diner, but even a part-time job should be one you enjoy. When beginning your job search, be sure to check out all of your options and find one that suits you well. If you are on the shy side, working as a server may not be your best choice. Here are some ideas of part-time positions you can look for:
· Server or hostess
· Grocery store clerk/ bagger
· Movie theatre staff
· Sales clerk at clothing store
· Camp counselor
· Library assistant
· Fast food staff
Applying in Person
Applying over the Internet or by mail doesn’t make an impression. Going to apply somewhere in person connects you with the employer and puts a face with the name. When applying in person, you don’t have to be dressed for an interview, but you should be dressed appropriately. Usually business casual is appropriate for going to fill out an application and possibly meet a prospective employer.
If you’ve never had an interview, you may not know what to expect. Search the Internet or check out a book from your local library on interview tips. Practice general interview questions with a parent or sibling so you can be prepared for questions that may come your way.
During the Interview
Dress the part. Even for a part-time job, you should wear business-appropriate clothing such as dress slacks and a shirt or blouse. Bring a copy of your resume or related experience to the interview. Speak clearly, make eye contact, and be courteous during the interview. Don’t interrupt the interviewer, and try to answer questions to the best of your ability. Be honest when you are answering questions. Always thank the interviewer for his or her time after the interview, and later that day send a thank-you note via email or snail mail.
About a week after your interview, you should call to follow up with the person who interviewed you. Express your sincere interest in the position and ask if the interviewer has any more questions for you. Thank the person again for taking the time to interview you.
Make sure employers are aware you are in high school at the time you apply. School should always come before your part-time job, but with the right hours, you can fit a job into your schedule. Getting your first job may seem like a lot of hard work, but it will give you a good sense of responsibility and some solid work experience.
If you’re a high school student looking to make good use of your free time, volunteering is another wonderful opportunity. Volunteering can help you build a better future for yourself and those around you. Join us at LiveFree! and see how you can help out!