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Ashley Hale, Staff Writer
As a tenth grade high school student, almost a month into the school year, I decided I needed to get a job. Although my schooling should always be a first priority in my life, so should the skills that come out of getting a job. Once I got my driver’s license and had to start paying for gas and food if I wanted to eat out, I decided it was time. As I was looking for jobs, though, I realized I didn’t have a clue on how to get one.
The first step to getting a job is creating a resume. Of course, having limited experience can make this part difficult. While making a resume, I recommend using an online resume maker. The one that I used was www.resumecoach.com—it was great, and it helped put everything together in a professional and organized way.
After your resume is completed, you have to start applying for jobs. I searched online for “teen jobs” and I was pleasantly surprised at how many results came up. There are many websites that have part-time jobs for high school students that fit into the student’s schedule. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get hired; not every job is perfect for you, and you are not perfect for every job—but be persistent.
When you do get a call back for an interview, you really need to start preparing. Be ready for anything. Research the business you applied at and make sure you dress appropriately for the job. Being on time to your interview is very important and shows your dedication, persistence, and precision.
Make sure you fully understand the qualifications and requirements that are present in your workplace-to-be. Understand that you may not like the people you work with, but that is common in the workplace and you’ll experience that throughout your life.
When I went to my interview for my current job, I was asked questions like “What are your qualifications?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, and “Tell me about yourself.” After answering these questions, I was hired on the spot. This isn’t how it’s going to be for everyone, but if you are lucky, or your resume is spot on, you’ll have pretty good odds.