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Tips for teens looking for a job

Job hunt tips for teens

1. Network: Don’t limit a job search to a few places. Apply everywhere, ask everyone, consider any organization or business.

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2. Use your youth: One thing adults don’t always use is social media. That can be considered a skill and a source. Follow businesses on Twitter or Facebook; many post jobs right to their news feeds.

3. Visit in person: Especially if you applied online, go in person and drop off a resume. This will show professionalism and seriousness for a job. Plus, it’s a chance to add to or clarify points on the application.

4. Represent yourself: Show professionalism and reliability, whether in a resume or interview. Use common sense. Proofread applications. Wear appropriate clothes to interviews.
The better representation, the more hirable.

5. Create a job or volunteer: In lieu of a steady job, consider starting a mini-business or volunteering. This is great for those looking to gain experience. Jobs range from baby-sitting to walking dogs and mowing lawns to painting houses. Spread the word and you could drum up enough business to make a decent chunk of cash.

KATY RUSHLAU

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