Tips and Tricks for Teen Jobsearching

Learn about how far a firm handshake and solid cover letter can take you

Interview clip artSummer's around the corner, and with it comes the summer job market. From day camps to scooping ice cream, there are lots of options for teens to earn some money. 

Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you land the job you want:

  • Don't forget that the library has lots of databases and resources for job searching. 
  • If you're under 18, you may need a work permit depending on where you live
  • No work experience?  List volunteer information, awards and honors or activities.
  • Resumes should be accompanied by a cover letter. Be sure to mention why you want to work with that company, what you can bring to the position, and your qualifications.
  • Be careful what you put on social media - sometimes employers will look up your Facebook pages or Twitter accounts to see how you represent yourself. 
  • If you're going on an interview, practice your answers to some common questions with a friend or family member beforehand.
  • Make sure you follow up with a thank-you note to your interviewer.

Visit the Teen Space in MLK to pick up a booklet with resume and cover letter templates, interview tips and more.