Thousands of you nationwide have pre-registered and entered profiles in anticipation of upcoming spring and summer job openings suitable for teens. Teens4Hire has reached out to several hundred employers (including your suggestions) who are known to hire teens for their openings.
We understand your frustration in trying to find good paying jobs that you enjoy.
Competition for these jobs will be tough. Employers are looking for evidence that you'll be a good employee who will get their job done, BEFORE they will even consider you for an interview. Unless employers have first-hand knowledge about you through a referral or some other means, your profile is the first, most important--and the only thing they have to consider upfront.
If you want to impress a potential employer with your profile, here are some tips on how to do it right. Double-check your profile against these tips to ensure you're putting your "best self" forward.
1. Print out a copy of the profile, prepare your answers offline, then login to create or update your profile. This will help prevent "timing out".
2. Write down what you feel you have to offer an employer--any work or volunteer experience, plus what you've learned in or out of school that may be useful on the job. For example, being good at a craft, working around cars or machines, helping children, or working with senior citizens ought to be included.
3. Read everything carefully before filling in the blanks.
4. Have you made an entry in all of the fields? Employers want to see thoroughness.
5. Are your answers honest and accurate? Outright lies on the profile may be checked before or after you start work. If found out, you won't get or may lose the job.
6. Did you enter your full name as it appears on your birth certificate, social security card or driver license?
7. Did you enter your correct email address and a password for your privacy?
8. Did you enter an area code with your phone number?
9. Did you select the correct state for your location?
10. Did you enter the best time for you to be contacted?
11. Did you use a dictionary or spell-checker to avoid misspellings? Employers won't hire someone who produces sloppy work. Employers will evaluate you based upon your use of correct English language skills.
12. If you have above average grades, did you enter information about this?
13. Did you list any work experience? Don't forget to include things like babysitting, pet-sitting, yard work and community service.
14. If you worked for an individual, did you enter that person's first and last name? Employers may want to contact that person for a reference and it gives credibility to your entry.
15. Were you specific about your interests?
16. Did you write complete sentences?
17. Did you make yourself "standout"?
Have you provided evidence of your ability to be punctual, dependable, responsible, and helpful?
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