Your guide to getting a job in high school

Getting a job in high school can be a great way to gain work experience, earn money, and develop valuable skills. Here are some tips to help you get started.

signing up for a job at school
CHHS students can speak with the counseling office when they are ready to apply for a work permit, but they should be aware that they must maintain their GPA in order to qualify. (Jayce Lay)

 Look for job openings: Check with local businesses, such as restaurants, retail stores, and movie theaters, to see if they are hiring. You can also look online at job websites, such as Indeed or Monster, to help find job postings in your area.

Build a resume: Even if you don’t have much work experience, you can still create a resume that highlights your skills, achievements, and education. Include any volunteer work, extracurricular activities, or academic awards that demonstrate your work ethic and abilities.

Apply for jobs: Once you’ve found job openings that interest you, submit your application along with your resume. Be sure to follow any application instructions carefully, and write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in the job and what skills you can bring to the position.

Prepare for interviews: If you are invited to an interview, do your research on the company and the position beforehand. Practice answering common interview questions with a friend or family member, and dress appropriately for the interview.

Be persistent: Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get hired right away. Keep applying to different jobs and following up with potential employers to show your interest and enthusiasm.

There are many great first jobs for high school students that can provide valuable work experience, help develop new skills, and even be fun. Here are some good first job options to consider

Retail Sales Associate: Working in retail is a great way to develop customer service and communication skills while learning about sales and merchandising.

Food Service Worker: Jobs in the food service industry, such as working at a fast food restaurant or a coffee shop, can teach you how to work in a fast-paced environment while developing teamwork and time management skills.

Lifeguard: If you are a strong swimmer, working as a lifeguard at a local pool or beach can be a fun and rewarding job that also teaches responsibility and safety skills.

Pet Sitter/Dog Walker: If you love animals, working as a pet sitter or dog walker can provide a flexible and enjoyable way to earn money while learning about animal care.

Tutor: If you excel in a particular subject, working as a tutor for younger students can help you develop teaching skills and gain confidence in your own abilities.

Camp Counselor: Summer camps often hire high school students as counselors, providing an opportunity to work with children, develop leadership skills, and have fun in an outdoor setting.

Office Assistant: Working as an office assistant or receptionist can provide valuable administrative skills and introduce you to the professional world.

Remember, getting a job in high school can be competitive, so be prepared to work hard to find the right opportunity. But with persistence and a positive attitude, you can land a job that will help you build valuable skills and experience.

Ultimately, the best first job for you will depend on your interests, skills, and availability. By exploring different job options and gaining work experience, you can begin to develop a strong foundation for your future career.