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How can I Find a Job as a Teen?



School is officially back in session! Whether you’re at college, sixth form, or somewhere else, you may be finding yourself in search of part-time work to earn a bit of money on the side.


But where can you look?


Here are five places you can look for part-time work as a student.


Indeed & Other Job-Search Sites


This may be the obvious choice to some, but not others!


Create a job alert on Indeed or other sites to let the algorithm do the work for you - some will even help you create a CV!


You can filter by location, pay, weekly hours or job type, such as ‘wait staff’, ‘shop assistant’ or ‘baker’ to find a job that suits you, your schedule, and your budgeting goals.


Some may say it’s picky to not take jobs that pay minimum wage, but there’s nothing wrong with this! By looking a little further afield, such as looking for work in Keswick as a Penrith local, you’ll find jobs with a higher hourly wage.


A lot of jobs will pay the same hourly wage to teens and adults - there’s no reason to accept a lesser wage for the same work if you don’t want to!


Facebook


Yes, yes, Facebook might be ‘for old people’ nowadays, but it can be pretty helpful in finding a job!


‘Like’ local businesses’ pages on Facebook and other social media platforms to be the first to see any hiring notices.


You can try messaging them directly to ask if they need any weekend help - most businesses take on students to give full-time staff, or staff with young children, a break at the weekends!


Shop Windows


Now we’re really going retro!


Walk around town with a friend and a stack of CVs. Look in shop windows for hiring notices, and hand your CV in to the manager in-store! This adds a personal touch, and the manager is much more likely to remember your application!


Word of Mouth


Never underestimate the power of a good word!


Get the word out among family and friends that you’re looking for a job. All it takes is for someone to mention this to the right person and you could have yourself a trial shift, or even a whole job.


This is how I got my first job when I was 15.


Newspaper


If you thought going out and physically looking for a job was old-fashioned, who knows what you’ll think of this…


Newspapers have a section, usually toward the end, where businesses post advertisements. This is where you’ll find hiring notices.


Usually the notice will include a phone number or email to contact a manager. Like applying in-person, this adds that personal touch. The manager might be charmed by the fact that you went the old-fashioned route, and less worried that you’ll spend your whole shift on your phone.


Even if you don’t need the money, a part-time job is a great way to gain experience for your CV and personal statements, make friends, and perhaps unlock a future career path via apprenticeships and networking.


Best of luck to you all, and happy job-hunting!


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