A Guide for High School Students
The job market can be tough for anyone, but especially for high school students. Not only do you have to juggle classes, homework, friends, and family, but you also have to find a job with flexible hours that will not interfere with your school schedule.
Challenging? Yes. Impossible? Not at all.
Follow these basic steps to apply for a job, land an interview, and—hopefully—get hired.
1. How to Get Job Applications
Start online. If you already have an idea of the type of job you want, search online job boards to find job openings near your home or school. Know where you want to work? Check their website for job openings.
Many companies use online job applications, so you can complete and submit the form from any computer with an Internet connection. Some large retail chains have in-store job application kiosks, similar to an online job application. Other businesses have paper job applications that you have to request in person.
Have to go in person to apply for a job? Keep in mind that this is an opportunity to make a good first impression with your potential employer. Make sure you look your best. Introduce yourself with confidence and a smile, then say “I am very interested in working here. Could I please have a job application?”
2. How to Gather the Info You Need for an Application
Job applications ask for your personal information and other details that demonstrate your potential as an employee. Before you start filling out an application, gather all of the information you will need—this is particularly important when completing job applications in person.
- Birth date
- Social security number
- Contact information
- School details
- Work history (or extracurriculars)
- References with contact information (former bosses, teachers, coaches)
3. How to Complete and Submit Your Job Application and Follow Up
Take your time filling out the job application so you avoid mistakes. After you turn in your application, wait a week for a manager to contact you. If you do not hear back, take the initiative and call or go in person to follow up on your job application.
Written by Jessica L. Mendes.