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Teen's Guide to Getting a Summer Job

It's almost time for summer, which means it's time to start thinking about summer jobs. If you are a teen considering looking for work, check out these tips to lead you to success in your search. 

Perks of a Summer Job

There are many benefits of a summer job, including:

  • Financial Independence
  • Time Management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Confidence
  • Career Exploration

Finding a Summer Job

Create a resume and cover letter

List all the things you have accomplished so far. Working with a teacher or parent to write a resume and cover letter will help you develop talking points about your skills and experience.

Access Online Job Boards

Work with your parents, teachers or advisors to find online job boards. From seasonal positions to full-time opportunities, these are fantastic resources that are widely accessible.

Use Social Media

Many cities have local community pages on social media like Facebook. Work with an adult to post here and let others know your interest for work, skills and past experience.


Making it be known to your circle that you’re looking for a job is one of the best ways to find a summer job. Talk to your teachers, coaches, neighbors and relatives.

Balancing Priorities

When looking for a summer job, you may want to consider the following:

  • Consider your interests and skills. Is this job a good fit that aligns with those?
  • A summer job should be flexible enough to accommodate your schedule, especially if you are participating in other activities or summer classes.
  • Does it leave time for fun with the family? Summer vacation is common among families, and this is something your teen needs to take into account when seeking employment.

While working opportunities may be limited for teens, there are other learning opportunties such as volunteering and summer classese. Regardless of what you choose, committing to learning and developing through any of these avenues will teach you skills with many long-term benefits.