The Guide to Part Time Jobs

The Guide to Part Time Jobs

Tom Auffhammer, 17 (right) scoops ice cream in Syracuse, N.Y. Teens continue to face stiff competition for summer jobs, but a downward trend in summer hiring for teens actually predates the recession.

Part Time jobs play a pivotal role in our society, and are seen as a right of passage by many. Whether you are looking to save money for college, buy and finance a car, build a resume, start work on a passion project, or just want some extra spending money, you might be thinking about what jobs you can do now that you’re legally able to work. When looking for a summer job, you’re going to want to ask yourself some questions, including:

– What are your goals in getting a summer job?
– What skills do you feel are your strongest?
– What skills do you want to cultivate?
– Where do your interests lie?

Once you’ve answered those questions and have a more concrete idea of what you’re looking for, the next step is to decide where you might want to work, find what businesses are hiring, and determine whether they’re hiring seasonally or willing to hire students. Here are some ideas of summer jobs you can do.

Tutors: While tutors do a lot of their work during the school year, many students either take summer school because they have to or as an elective.

Campus Jobs: If you’re going to college, see what jobs there are on campus. You might be eligible for job placement based on your work study alone.

Camp Jobs: Many organizations, from bible camps to the Boy Scouts, hire camp counselors. If you’ve been a part of these organizations in the past, you are in a good position to be hired based on who you know and your familiarity with their missions.

Fast Food: Fast food restaurants frequently hire high school students and young people with little experience, and many people start out working in fast food.

Retail: Retail outlets are usually hiring and provide first jobs for many. These jobs generally have flexible and seasonal hours and teach new employees invaluable customer service skills.

Jobs at Amusement Parks: Amusement parks hire summer help a lot when their crowds are biggest. Whether you work selling food, maintaining the grounds, or as a greeter or guide, this kind of job can be a lot of fun.

Jobs at Zoos: Some zoos have programs that allow younger people to be assistant handlers and work hands on with the animals. Perhaps you might work in food service or be a docent, but it can be a very fun place to work that will broaden your horizons.

Pizza Delivery: You get the autonomy of driving your own vehicle around and can make nice tips.

Swimming Instructor or Lifeguard: A mainstay occupation for teenagers, but if you like water and swimming, pools can be a great place to work.

Work at a Movie Theater: With summer blockbusters drawing such huge crowds, many theaters hire young workers during this season.

Work at the Library: While library jobs can be hard to snag due to the lack of funding many libraries face, if you’re a bookish type this can be a great job for you.

Landscaping: You can mow people’s lawns, or take it a step further and work to develop some beautiful landscaped yards.

Internships: Hopefully your internship will be paid, but if you’re a college student, there are few better ways to get experience and contacts in your field of choice.

Whatever job you choose, make sure it does not come into conflict with your schooling. Do your best to create balance, which will leave you best prepared to either attend college or enter the workforce upon graduation from high school. If you’re a college student, experience gained at summer jobs can be instrumental in landing you your first job in adulthood.

Andrew was the Marketing Lead at Jobr. He's pretty gosh-darn lit!

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