I won’t bore you with the statistics.  They say what we already know.  Getting a job is hard.  More people want work than it seems there are jobs available.  To get a job this summer, kids need to play to their strong hand – and sell themselves and the services they can offer first.

Here’s how to get going:

Create a flyer showcasing what you have to offer.  Be clear about what you do, when you are available and what you charge for your services.  Break through the noise of all other flyers by highlighting that you are a local resource home from school and ready to work.  Letting people know that you are a hometown kid will get potential employers on your side and more willing to think about how they could use you.

Ring bells and make personal appearances at homes and places of business to explain what you can do for them.  In person visits sometimes uncover other work that you may not have on your flyer that you would be willing to do.  Never underestimate the personal touch of showing up, shaking a hand and looking a potential employer in the eye.

Be persistent – just short of stalking.  Drop by weekly and remind potential employers you are still ready, willing and able.  Many employers may not have needed you at the last visit when you introduced yourself but need you now at your second visit.  It’s all about making yourself available when they need you.

Network with other teens that have a job.  Find out if they know of any openings where they work and ask if they can introduce you to their employer.  Offer to job share with an employed teen when they cannot work due to vacation or sports practice responsibilities. 

Next up – Services that kids can offer.

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Written by Susan Beacham
Susan Beacham founded Money Savvy Generation in 1999 after almost two decades in private banking and investment management complemented by considerable time teaching at the elementary level.

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