Looking for Your First Job?

February 14, 2024

Whether you find a job working for a business, or become your own boss, working as a teenager can help you:

  • Learn to be responsible and have a good work ethic.
  • Develop your interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Boost your savings account or give you some pocket money.
  • Contribute to your college expenses.
  • Explore an industry or a career you would like to work in.
  • Obtain reference contacts for future job opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to become your own boss. Sometimes the best way to get that first job is to create it yourself. Offer your services to neighbors and relatives. Get creative and design a flyer for your “business,” letting people know what you could do for them. 

Work for yourself:

  • Babysitting
  • Dog walking
  • Lawn and yard care
  • Painting
  • Car washing or detailing
  • Construction work
  • Packing or moving assistance
  • Computer repair and assistance

Or apply for a part-time job to work for someone else:

  • Retail store
  • Restaurant
  • Gas station
  • Amusement park
  • Movie theater
  • Farm
  • Hotel
  • Political campaigning
  • Tutoring
  • Refereeing
  • Lifeguard

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