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Summer Jobs: Tips for Teens


Summer is usually a fun time for kids and teens. Vacation time equals free time, but for many teens summertime also presents an opportunity for them to earn money. A summer job can be a wonderful stepping stone in building a future career. Even if it does not help the child build his or her future career, it can still be a good way to develop a responsible and mature attitude.

Summer jobs are abundant. Many businesses see a boom in business over the summer, and for this reason, many of them hire an extra hand. If you are a teenager, you might be considering many options. Sometimes these options are confusing or maybe you just don’t have any idea of what choices there are.

What to Consider

When it comes to choosing a summer job, there are a number of things that you should consider including…

  • How much time you want to devote?
  • What kind of job do you want?
  • How much pay is acceptable?
  • What are your talents and abilities?

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These are just some of the things you need to think about before venturing out and finding a new job. The job you choose should utilize the abilities and talents that you have. If there is nothing available that matches your talents, you will at least want to find a job that you will enjoy. Here are some things to do before starting your job search:

Analyze which abilities and talents will be applicable to a particular job.

Ask the advice of an adult (like your parents or a guardian) and get their input. Your parents will have a good idea of what you are capable of doing.

It is also good to consider getting a job that can be a good preparation for your future career.

Prepare a good résumé and ask for help if you need it. If this is your first time looking for a summer job, it is best to ask other people to check your résumé draft before finalizing and submitting it.

Practice interviews. Get the help of your parents, friends, teachers or anyone who will have a good advice on how you handle yourself.

Where to Look

You can scan your neighborhood for possible jobs. It is ideal to find a job close to home though it may be not your utmost priority. You can also surf the net or check out the newspaper’s want ads. You can also ask around if anyone knows an existing opportunity for you.

What to Expect

Applying for a summer job is like applying for a regular job. Employers are going to be just as critical and do not expect your employer to be lenient just because it is summer.  If you are hired, it will be a big responsibility. People are going to depend on you.

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What is Expected of You

You are expected to fulfil the job’s requirements to the best of your abilities. You should also be professional and dependable. Do your best to do the job well. If you like the job and the employer likes your work, then you may want to return next summer.

Summer jobs are not a way to make money when you aren’t in school. You should always keep in mind that your summer job can help you with your future career, and even if it doesn’t, you will learn many important things about having a job in general. It may not be exactly the job you will have in the future, but the experiences that you will gain will have a positive impact on your life.

Have you ever had a summer job? Did you like it? How did it benefit you?



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. I wish you wrote about this in May.

    As a high school teacher, you need to tell students to look at the end of April before the college students come back to town to find a summer job. Securing a position before that time is very important as you have less competition. You might start working weekends/Fridays before the end of school/high school to get your foot in the door.

    • Great tip! Timing is very important for securing a job.

  2. I worked at McDonald’s for $3.25 as a sophomore. It was the best and worst experience waking up to open the store at 6am.

    But, it taught me how to appreciate money and work hard!

    • 3.25/hr! Woah Sam, you’re really tell your age :-). What lessons did you learn?

  3. I had the best summer jobs.. especially the summers working at the golf course. Since I loved to play – we worked early morning til about 2p and then were off for the rest of the day. Often we could play a few holes then. Fun times! Learned a lot about “earning an honest dollar” and being responsible.

    • I think you also gave a great tip. Work in something you will enjoy. There is no better feeling than getting paid for something you would do for free.

  4. I had summer jobs and they definitely helped me save money. My advice would be to apply to as many jobs as possible because it is hard to land a job these days. Don’t be picky.

    • I say go for what you want to do first, then if you can’t land something, “Don’t be picky” 🙂

  5. I never worked in high school but I did work for a cheer camp during my college summers (where I also met Mrs. LAMF!)and I LOVED it. I basically got paid to exercise, get a nice (farmer’s) tan, and be super pumped every waking minute of the day 🙂

    • What exactly is a farmer’s tan?

  6. These are really helpful tips for teens! I worked at a restaurant and a daycamp during the summers and also volunteered in a teen program at a hospital in my hometown. They were good opportunities to build my skills and work ethic and I still had plenty of time to have fun.

  7. I think that’s the benefit of summer programs; they build work ethic and character. Most importantly, they show you how to work in a team.

  8. Great tips!
    My summer job as a teenager was working at the local KFC! It was such a fantastic experience… and taught me how to budget and be responsible. To this day… if money wasn’t a factor… I’d love to go back to working at KFC!

  9. I agree, you definitely cant be picky when looking for summer jobs. The thing is they are often quite sought after meaning there can be 10s or even 100s of people going for a job that has just 2 or 3 vacancies. So research the company you’ve applied for; make sure if you do get an interview you know all about their company.

    • Yep yep! Always good to have some knowledge of the company going into the interview.

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