What is the best job for teenagers?
The best job for teenagers is the one that doesn’t disrupt their school work. Whether that’s working at McDonald’s, your dad’s auto shop, or even doing volunteer work, where you’re building your network and skillset before you start socking money away.
Individual states have different rules about what age a teenager can start working, the hours they’re allowed and how much they can get paid. You’ll want to check with your local labor and wage office to see what the laws are where you live.
I don’t think there is any one job that is the best for teenagers. You’re still an individual and what’s right for you might not be right for someone else. You’re also young enough that if you work at several different jobs for a short amount of time, it’s okay.
Really focus on deciding what you’re interested in.
Do you want to talk to people all day? Do you want to be left alone while you work? Do you need a high level of supervision? Do you want to start your own business? Do you like working with kids? It really just depends.
If you’re ready to start your first job search, I recommend signing up for the free six day job search challenge. It’s going to take you step by step through all the important parts of job searching like interviews, resumes, applications, and more. Job searching is one of those things that adults assume you should know how to do, but it’s actually a skill that you develop over time. So if you haven’t looked before, then knowing where to start is basically impossible.
This Job Challenge fixes that. For six days, you will learn:
- How to create a beautiful resume
- Important things to consider when filling out applications
- Where to find online job postings (pro tip: stay away from Craigslist if you can)
- What to say during your interview (and what to do after)
- How to address potential barriers to employment (like age, lack of experience, criminal background etc.)
- Plus more!
Places to find jobs for Teenagers:
This website is great for those entry level type positions which are great jobs for teenagers. You’ll find a lot of fast food gigs, retail gigs, and military recruitment ads here. When you sign up for your account make sure you uncheck the boxes that allow partners to contact you, or you’ll be flooded with spammy emails.
Zip Recruiter is a RSS feed of jobs from company websites as well as other job search websites. There are a lot of opportunities here, but it is sometimes a little hard to search through.
Start your own gig
Like I mentioned before, sometimes the best way to find jobs for teenagers and get started with making money is to find odd jobs around your neighborhood. Take some time, identify what you could do, and if there is a gap in the services available. Do your neighbors complain about walking dogs, cleaning up after their pets, or mowing their lawns? Are there a lot of elderly people in the area who need assistance with groceries or cooking or other household chores? Any parents who need a night off and a reliable babysitter? You can create flyers and post them to doors, hang them on community posters in stores. You can reach out to your parents friends, and see if they have any work for you.
You can include these kinds of gigs on your resume because they show that you’re responsible, and motivated to work. Those things matter a whole lot more than actual skillsets in the beginning. Anyone can work a cash register. The real skill is showing up when you’re scheduled to work.
What was your first job as a teenager? Tell me in the comments!