“Now Hiring” sign
(Photo by/ Marie Urmson)
By: Marie Urmson
Today, teenagers are finding it increasingly difficult to acquire jobs for lots of reasons, including the high unemployment rate. Unemployed adults have taken jobs that teenagers usually have.
Due to the recent minimum wage laws changing, the minimum wage in 2016 will gradually become $10, $2 more than the current wage. However, beginning this Jan., more domestic service workers will be protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions.
All these reasons aside, there are several things teenagers can do to increase their chances of being hired.
The first thing to do is to make sure of the job requirements. Employers are looking for potential employees who can take responsibility for themselves and will work the hours that are expected of them.
When dropping off an application, employers will be sure to notice if an applicant drops off a resume along with the application, especially if it is not required. Including a resume leaves the employer under the impression that the applicant is serious, which helps young adults because they can easily be overlooked by employers.
Resumes should include information about past work experience, along with basic personal information, such as a phone number and address. If there is no job experience to be listed, teenagers should write about activities or their volunteering.
Teenagers should have an experienced person look at their resume and make sure it is presentable. The last thing an employer is looking for is a resume that is lazily compiled, shows little or no effort, and has grammatical or spelling errors.
When completing job applications, teenagers should make sure to be honest about themselves, and to leave as little blank as possible. The smallest amount of extra effort could be the difference between landing the job or not.
High school students should keep in mind that they can apply to more than one job at once. In fact, it is a good idea to apply to several different stores/restaurants at once, so if one of them doesn’t work out, there are several other options. If more than one business calls to schedule an interview, it is up to the applicant to decide whether to follow through with both or stop the process.
A decision should be made before the student is hired, however, because backing out of a position after the company has offered the job and it’s been accepted could lead to hard feelings.
If the employer does not call back several days after the application has been dropped off, the applicant should either visit the business and request to speak to the manager or call and ask the status of the application over the phone.
If no callbacks have been made after the student has asked once, a maximum of three more calls can be made, with four to seven days between each call. During at least one of these callbacks, the applicant can ask what else could be done. After that, if the applicant still doesn’t hear from the employer, they should move on to other companies and start the process again.
At an interview, applicants should be completely honest about themselves. They should refrain from saying things that are not true. They should try to direct attention toward their assets, letting employers know how they would be suitable for the job. Do some research into the job.
It is important to ask questions during an interview. At the end of most interviews, the manager will usually ask applicants if they have any questions. One or two questions should be thought of in advance, perhaps about scheduling, policies or when a decision will be made. Asking questions lets the interviewer know that the applicant is interested in the company and the position.
Lastly, when attending an interview, dress professionally. If an interviewee arrives sloppily dressed, it gives the impression that they are not paying attention to detail, and it makes them look careless.
If the applicant makes sure to do all of these things, the job process should go smoothly. It is important to remember, however, that for teenagers, being hired requires a great deal of luck as well as effort.
A quick perusal online retrieved these nearby job opportunities at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Mass.:
- 5-Wits: Tour guides needed. Apply online at 5-wits.com and submit the completed application/email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alex and Ani: Bartender (salesperson) needed. For a job description, click here.
- Bath and Body Works: Various employment opportunities available. For job information call (508) 689-1080.
- CBS Scene: Servers, bussers, runners, dishwashers needed. Apply & Schedule Your Interview Online!
- Charming Charlie: Part time workers needed. Click here to apply.
- Christmas Tree Shops: Backroom associates, cashiers, and customer service associates needed. Search Christmas Tree Shops Jobs.
- Claire’s: Various employment opportunities available. Email resumes to Claires_6264@live.com.
- Eastern Mountain Sports: Various employment opportunities available. Search for jobs at Eastern Mountain Sports.
- Express: Workers who are passionate about fashion needed. Search for jobs at Express.
- GNC: Workers with excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills and ethical behavior needed. Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Off Broadway Shoes: Dedicated individuals needed. Search Off Broadway Shoes Jobs.
- Old Navy: Various sales positions available. Must be able to work weekdays and weekends. Email resumes to Jill_Currier@stores.gap.com or call (508)-543-4359 for more information.
- ProShop: Various employment opportunities available. Search ProShop Jobs.
- Red Robin: Hiring for all positions. Search Red Robin Jobs.
- Reebok: Various employment opportunities available. For more information visit reebokretailjobs.com.
- Saga Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar: Hosts/hostesses, servers, and bussers needed. For more information contact email@example.com or call (412)-613-0730.
- Showcase Cinema DeLux: Theatre cashiers, ushers/hosts, and concession attendants needed. Search Showcase Cinema De Lux Jobs.
- Solstice Sunglass Boutique: Various employment opportunities available. Apply at solsticesunglasses.com.
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Servers, welcome center staff, food runners, hosts/hostesses, and bussers needed. For more information call (508)-698-2696, contact Danielg@splitsvillelanes.com, or visit splitsvillelanes.com.
- Staples: Various employment opportunities available. Search Staples Jobs.
- Tavolino: Servers needed. Download the application at tavolinorestaurant.us.
- Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill: Dishwashers needed. Submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Victoria’s Secret: Various employment opportunities available. Inquire within the Patriot Place store for more details.
Many local businesses are hiring seasonal employees. Check out the Want-ads or the store.