Dealing with classes and a personal life during high school can be a real challenge. Which is why the prospect of adding part-time work to the mix can turn off even the most ambitious of teens. However, with the right job and good organization, most high school students can handle working part time in addition to their studies. Not only is it a way to make some extra money, but a job can also help teenagers develop real-world skills that can come in handy later in life.
Put together a resume that highlights your talents. Even if you don't have any work experience, a resume can be a valuable tool in your job search. List your education and extracurricular activities, including academic honors, athletic honors and volunteer work, to show potential employers that you are an upstanding, hard-working person.
Dress for success. Unless you go to a private high school, you may not have to worry much about how you dress for class. The same isn't true of the professional world. Dress smart; you don't need to wear a full suit, but wear a collared shirt and dress pants or a skirt for any job interviews or professional interactions.
Make a list of prospective jobs. Check the classified ads in the local newspaper as well as local job resources such as a workforce development office. Put out the word among friends and family that you are looking for a job. Do not forget that simply walking in to a store and asking about job openings is also a viable option. In fact, it can show initiative to a prospective employer that you took the time to ask about jobs and introduce yourself. Keep a copy of your resume with you to hand out on these occasions.
Recognize your lack of experience. Many employers look for someone with a proven job history. Don't take rejection personally; it should not daunt you from pursuing other leads. Also, if employers mention your lack of experience, give examples of how you can make up for it. Mention academic and extracurricular groups in which you are involved and why these prove you can handle the duties of a part-time position.
Follow up with employers. Hiring, even for the smallest of companies, is a busy venture. Hundreds of resumes and applications pass before the eyes of human resources managers and company owners. Wait a week or two after submitting yours, and then follow up with a phone call inquiring about the status of the position. Just because you haven't heard from a company doesn't mean they do not want to hire you. It could simply indicate that their hiring department is backlogged or your resume got lost in the shuffle.
Michael Batton Kaput began writing professionally in 2009. He is an editor at two magazines and a freelance writer. He has been published in "Egypt Today," Egypt's leading current affairs magazine, and "Business Today Egypt," Egypt's number one English-language business magazine. He attended Denison University where he earned a degree in political science and English literature.