By Helen Zeidman
A table lined with multi-colored papers dominates the Career Center. These papers come in every color of the rainbow, from neon orange to fluorescent pink, advertising the latest job and volunteer opportunities. Countless posters occupy the space above the table, with even more information.
All kinds of jobs, from S & S Produce employees to FedEx workers, are available and waiting to be filled by high school students. There are also many job opportunities over summer break.
Summer jobs are a good way to make some saving and spending money, but there are other benefits too.
“Summer jobs are setting yourself up for down the road when you need a job.” Mrs. Morris, the Career Awareness Coordinator at the high school, said. “Networking is always good.”
Going for a job might be overwhelming, but Mrs. Morris, the Career Awareness Coordinator at the high school, has some tips to make the process easier.
Before anyone applies for a job, they must be aware of the rules. For teenagers, this includes limited working hours. According to the Pennsylvania Child Labor Act, no one under the age of 14 can work with the exception of a few jobs. Also, students under the age of 16 can work eight hours a day, and no more than 40 work hours a week during the summer. Teenagers over the age of 16 may work 10 hours a day, but not exceed 48 hours in a week.
Also, a work permit is necessary to apply to any job.
“You need to bring your Social Security card and birth certificate to the ladies in the office and they will get a permit for you.” Morris said.
After the paperwork is taken care of, the application process can begin.
Morris’ first tip is to “do it ASAP.”
College students tend to get out of school earlier, so they have more time to snatch all of the jobs.
Being prepared is also very important.
“Even if you are just asking for an application, dress nicely. That first impression is so important.” Morris said. “They say that people judge you in the first five seconds. You do not even have to open your mouth.”
Morris also had a few tips to ace the second and third impressions.
“Shake their hand. Introduce yourself. Answer honestly to the best of your ability. Thank them for their time. Ask when they will contact you.” Morris said. “The last piece is a vital piece of etiquette--write a thank-you note. It really makes you stand out.”
Morris last tip is perhaps the most important.
“Don’t work so hard that you can’t have fun. Summer is for rejuvenation. Remember that you are still a teenager.”
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