- : Check with your school counselor or the department of labor to learn about state regulations if you are under 16.
- Step 1: Get permission from your parents and agree on a schedule and transportation plan.
- Step 2: Make a list of the types of jobs that you can do and where you can look.
- TIP: If you're under 16, consider starting your own business. You can babysit, walk dogs, or cut lawns.
- Step 3: Network with neighbors, business owners, school staff, church members, and local job service counselors.
- Step 4: Market yourself by creating a resume and distributing flyers.
- Step 5: Apply for the jobs you've identified on your list. Dress neatly and be courteous.
- TIP: The more people you talk to, the better you'll get – and the more comfortable you'll be talking to adults.
- Step 6: Send thank-you notes to the people who interviewed you. You never know when the impression you make may reap unexpected rewards!
- FACT: Did you know? In a 2009 poll, 14 percent of teens aged 15-17 said they need to contribute to their family's budget.
You Will Need
- A pen and paper
- Resumes and flyers
- Thank-you notes