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Christmas jobs for teens

Christine Cristiano hangs her hat in Ontario, Canada. She shares her world with husband, two sons and a beagle named Tessie.

Helping kids get seasonal jobs

Is your teen ready for a job over the Christmas holiday? The holiday season is an ideal time for ambitious teens to get introduced to the workforce. Many retail businesses hire teenagers to help with the overload during this time and often will keep one or two seasonal workers on staff after the holiday rush is over.

Teen CashierAccording to a survey conducted by Careerbuilder.com, of the 2,900 hiring managers interviewed, "18 percent of hiring managers plan to hire seasonal workers to meet business needs associated with the holidays and end-of-the-year wrap-ups." With 31 percent of hiring managers saying they are likely to hire a seasonal worker for a full-time position, this could be a great way for your teen to get his foot in the door for future opportunties.

Popular seasonal positions and pay rates

The responses indicated that the most popular seasonal positions are customer service, retail sales, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory, technology and accounting/finance.

As for wages, 12 percent of the hiring managers said they will increase pay for seasonal workers, while 15 percent are planning a decrease.

What is the expected pay? According to this recent survey from Career Builder:

  • 44 percent will pay $10 or more per hour
  • 12 percent will pay $16 or more per hour
  • 34 percent will pay $8 to $10 per hour
  • 20 percent will pay $6 to $8 per hour

benefits of a part-time job for teens

In addition to earning some extra money, a retail job offers a teen the chance to learn a variety of skills that she can use throughout her working career, including customer service, money-handling skills and inventory control. A part-time job also can help strengthen your teen's soft skills including organization, time management, communication and adaptability in a fast-paced environment.

Not all part-time job opportunities are suitable for all teen job seekers, so consider these factors when determining if your teen is ready for a part-time job and the job is right for your teen.

The time commitment

Before you and your teenager embark on the big job hunt, determine how many hours per week your teen can commit to a part-time job. Also determine what time frame your teen would be available to work. Consider the time at which your teen arrives home from school. Will she have enough time for homework assignments on top of a part-time job with unpredictable hours?

Most food service outlets require part-time workers to work late hours. As a parent, are you comfortable with your teen working until 11:00 pm on a school night? Most part-timers are required to work weekends; will your family schedule accommodate this? Consider a 15-hour cap on your teen's work availability to help her stay on track with her homework.

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