Getting Your First Job

Emma Becraft, Entertainment Editor

Getting a job as a teenager can be difficult. It takes a lot of commitment and responsibility to get and keep a job. The first step to obtaining a job is to find out what you are interested in and look for local businesses that cater to your interests. If you’re not sure what aspect of work you would like to do, restaurants and retail are always a great place to get started. Once you have found a place that fits what you are looking for, you should search for their website and look for an application to print and fill out. If they have no application, do not be discouraged, some businesses do not have applications on their website, but you can always go into wherever you want to work and ask a manager/owner if they have any openings available. Being a teenager, you cannot be picky about positions you work. For example, if you are looking for a job in the kitchen, you have to be okay with getting the lowest rank, which would most likely be a dishwasher until you can work your way up as you gain more experience. If you are under 16, you need to make sure to read up on the minor labor laws, so you are well versed in case your future employer is not familiar. When you are getting ready to ask for an application or going in for an interview, you want to dress nicely. However, to dress nice does not mean to dress like you are going to a formal. Wear business casual; this includes making sure your clothes do not have holes or rips, no athletic wear, for girls; you can wear skirts, dresses, or dress pants and maybe a nice blouse. For guys, you can wear slacks, a button-down shirt, or a polo. You want to make sure you look professional because the employer’s sole job is to make judgments about you to make sure you’re the right fit for their company. All things considered, getting a job in your teenage years may be difficult but it is a great experience and sets a good precedent for getting jobs as an adult.