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Jobs for Teenagers

(Last updated: June 5, 2017)

This page shows teenagers how to earn extra cash by getting a job. These jobs may pay a lower rate of pay. Therefore, there usually are some employers who have jobs available for teenagers. You just have to know how to find them.

The information on this page will help you find a suitable job and get hired.

Here are the topics:

Rules about jobs for teenagers
Benefits of a first-time job
Kinds of jobs available for teenagers
Ways to look for jobs
Websites for searching for jobs

Points to emphasize when seeking a job:

(1) Consider the employer's needs, desires, and viewpoint.

(2) Your job, should you accept the assignment, is to help the employer make money.

(3) Traits to embody -- ambition, cooperation, dependability, enthusiasm, honesty, and persistence.


Before using this information to earn extra cash be sure to read the following notice: Disclaimer

Rules about jobs for teenagers

The U.S. has both federal and state rules governing teenager workers. For most kinds of work, you have to be at least 14; but the hours and working conditions may be restricted if you are under 16. In addition, you may have to get a work permit. There are separate rules covering agricultural work.

These age restrictions do not apply to traditional youth employment, such as babysitting and delivering newspapers.

For more information, see this website.

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Benefits of a first-time job

First-time teenage jobs provide a good way to learn about working at a job. They also let you ease into the workforce. If you aren't quite sure what to do with your life, you can use these types of jobs to explore some possibilities.

So use these teenage jobs while they are available. As you get older, your earlier job experiences will probably help you get a regular job.

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Kinds of jobs available for teenagers

Teenage jobs usually require only everyday skills or skills that can be learned on the job.

You may be able to walk around a neighborhood and get some of these jobs yourself. You will have to talk to an employer to get the other jobs.

Here are some examples of jobs for teenagers:

  • agricultural jobs
  • babysitting
  • bagging groceries
  • delivering newspapers
  • mowing lawns
  • pulling weeds
  • raking leaves
  • retail store cashier
  • retail store clerk
  • shipping department clerk
  • shoveling snow
  • walking dogs
  • washing windows
  • working in a fast food restaurant

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Ways to look for jobs

There are several ways to look for available jobs. You can look in places where employers announce their job openings. Examples would be the "help wanted" section of classified advertisements in newspapers and the "jobs" section of craigslist for your desired city.

You could go around to business firms in your local area to see if they have any job openings. You might want to leave your name, age, address, and telephone number if the business looks appealing.

You could ask your family and friends if they know of any possible job openings that might be suitable for you.

Perhaps best of all, you can use the next topic to hunt at job search websites.

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Websites for searching for jobs

These job search websites are an easy way to conduct job hunting. When a website has a search selection box that allows for keywords, you usually can enter "teenager" as a keyword. This lets you search for teenager jobs instead of adult jobs.

Following are some popular job search websites.

General information

About.com: Job Searching (Teen Job Search Guide) lots of good information to help teens who want a job.

About.com: Job Searching (My First Paycheck) another great site to help teens who want a job.

Job searching

AllRetailJobs.com claims to have the largest retail job board. They provide search for hourly retail jobs, retail management careers, and jobs by location. You can post your resume in their private database. This website is free for job seekers.

EntryLevelJobs.net find entry-level jobs near you.

GrooveJob.com: Jobs for Teens register with the site, then enter zip code to get available jobs.

SnagAJob.com® claims to be the #1 source for hourly and part-time jobs. They supposedly have 100,000 job listings from top employers across the United States. They cover both full-time and part-time jobs. Enter your zip code and get back a list of companies with job openings.

TeenJobSection.com -- fill out a resume online. They have summer jobs and seasonal jobs.

Teens4Hire.org they claim to be "The #1 career and recruitment website for U.S. teens." You have to register with the site before getting information on available jobs.

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