If you are looking for a job, there are a few essential things you need to know.
- If you are a pregnant or parenting teen, you have the same legal rights to work as a teen who is not. This is the law. If you think you are being discriminated against because you are pregnant or parenting, you can call the Equal Rights Advocates’ free hotline at (800) 839-4372.
- If you are under 18 and have not graduated from high school or passed the GED you will need a work permit. You must be enrolled in school to get a work permit. You can get a work permit from your high school’s academic or career counselor. You can also download and print an application on the internet. If school is not in session you can go to a YouthSource Center.
- Resume – Most employers will either ask you to fill out an application and/or give them a resume. A resume is a document that lists your skills, work experience, and education. If you have not had a job yet or do not have much experience, list any volunteer opportunities you have had along with a reference of someone who can vouch for your work during your volunteer time. You can find some good free information and examples on About.com, but be careful not to click on the ads that offer “free resume help” — they are often not free!
- From the minute you walk in the door, before you even say a word, your potential employer is sizing you up. Dress for success, even if you are interviewing for a fast food job, how you look matters. Shorts, tee shirts and sandals aren’t appropriate clothes for an interview. If you don’t have clothes...