Job Application Tips for Teens
If you are just starting out and looking for teen jobs or a summer job then chances are you probably do not have a resume established yet. The good news is that you probably do not need one. Most if not all employers will have you fill out their application and you will usually fill out some sort of online profile prior to getting to that point. This seems like no big deal, right? My advice is to not take this part of the process lightly. Many employers will use the application as a screening tool and if your application is not professional you will get passed over. Here are some tips for properly filling out the application and leaving a positive impression.
- · Keep it G rated- Remember this is an employer that you are trying to impress. The biggest mistake I see and a lot of my customers tell me about is unprofessional email addresses. It is free and easy to set up a new email account with your first name and last name or some variation of that. Now that you know, there is no excuse for using email@example.com on your application (By the way that was a real email address I saw recently on an online profile.)
- · Spelling and grammar count- Another major blunder on applications is spelling and grammar mistakes. Since a lot of applications are done in person you do not have the luxury of spell-check. Here’s a hint, bring a pocket dictionary with you when you go to fill out applications. Remember to write neat as well.
- · What to include, what to exclude- It is acceptable to include some extracurricular activities like; sports or student council. Do not include activities like World of Warcraft.
- · Do not lie- This is simple enough, be honest. If you have the experience great. Do not make up experience as companies usually will check.
Keep these tips in mind when you start pounding the pavement and filling out your applications and don’t forget to check our site often for the latest job listings.