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A Teenager's Guide: Job Hunting

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Summer is rapidly approaching and many students are eager to find seasonal, part-time jobs. Although enthusiastic, a majority do not know how to approach such an overwhelming task. There are many methods both widely known and a little unconventional to getting that first job interview and eventually getting the job.

First, you need to create a general resume that outlines all of the important sections. To do this, you can either use Google to look at examples and layouts for a stellar resume or you can visit your local library and check out a couple of resume-building books. A good one to read is "Knock 'em Dead" by Martin Yates. Throughout this instructive guide, you can browse through chapters of resume building, interview questions and cover letter techniques.

After you've got your resume, the next step is to check your local newspaper for job postings. Many employers buy ads to advertise their open positions. Usually, this means that they are either a big company or that they are desperate: Work this to your advantage! Show them that you're qualified and prepared.

Afterwards, check big career websites for job postings such as Craiglist.org and workpololis.com. These websites are very helpful because they allow you to narrow your job search to exact location, qualifications required and type (as in part-time, full-time etc). As a general rule, some of these websites will require you to make an account and will have a section for your resume. After signing up, you will periodically get e-mails about new job opportunities, which will help you get a feel for what's on the market. An excellent tip is to create a separate e-mail account for your job search. This way you won't lose face when you pull out the infamous grade five accounts we've all created way back when.

Still keep in mind though that 90% of jobs are not advertised in newspaper classifieds or career websites. As a result, another good strategy is to directly hand your resume in. Recruiters like seeing you face-to-face and what you represent. This being said, keep in mind to dress professionally and not to overwhelm employers with strong perfumes. A good rule is to keep it natural but neutral. Do not underestimate this in-person method as unproductive if at first employers turn you down. To turn your cards around, ask them if you would be able to leave your resume for future openings. A tip you should keep in mind is to directly hand-in your resume to the general manager as opposed to an employee. This way, you'll know for sure that your resume won't hit the trashcan the minute you turn your back.

Take time to ask your parents, friends and family members for leads on who might be hiring. After all, you never where an opportunity might arise.

Throughout this all, remember that you are just starting. You might not get offers for some time so make sure to keep your spirits up and never stop searching! Good luck.


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