How To... Help Your Child Find Work
Whether you are the parent of a motivated child that wants to make some spending money over the summer or the parent of a child who sleeps in until 3:00 PM every day of the summer, you may want to help your child get a summer job. Here are some tips to help your kid get employed for the summer.
Step 1: Have a family discussion
Talk to your child and explore his or her strengths, skills and interests. Athletic children may find lifeguarding or another outdoor job to be rewarding, while the more intellectual children may prefer an internship in a specific field, such as in business.
Step 2: Start looking early
If your child already knows that he or she would like to apply for a summer job far in advance, you could start looking as early as March. This would give you an advantage, as many employers look to fill summer positions much earlier in the year.
Step 3: Help with resumes and applications
Help your child prepare a professional resume that will help him or her to stand out in the sea of likeminded teenagers looking for summer employment. If they bring home an application, help them fill it out to highlight their best assets.
Step 4: Seek advice
School guidance counselors are a great resource for children who want summer jobs, as many companies try to recruit teenagers by sending their applications to local high schools.
Step 5: Use the internet
The internet is a very useful resource when helping your child land a summer job. Websites like USAjobs.gov and summercampjobs.com have plenty of job openings for teenagers across the country.
Step 6: Keep your eyes open
Let friends and relatives know your child is looking for work. They have an opportunity at their place of employment, or need babysitting and other services. Keep your eyes open as you go about your daily activities. You may spot the "Help Wanted" sign that lands your child his or her summer job.
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