It’s just about that time of year again when school lets out and the kids have way too much time on their hands. In a matter of weeks, the comments about being bored and not having anything to do can be set aside for teens old enough to work. Here are a few great picks for teens that are job hunting.
Dollar General– It is a well-established and growing company. There are many located throughout most cities and need extra help during summer months and holidays. Dollar General offers competitive pay, flexible days and hours. They are not open extremely late. This takes from the worry of being out in the middle of the night alone. Their parking lots are small and well lit. They offer store careers, distribution center careers and corporate careers. There is a vast amount of opportunities for growth from within. Dollar General supports military hiring for the individual and their spouse and children. Take a moment and read more about this exciting company that will keep you coming back summer after summer until you are ready to climb their corporate ladder. Feel free to look at available job in your area and apply online.
Walmart– If you are looking for a summer job that offers the potential of living practically anywhere in the United States, then Walmart may be for you. They are typically placed near college campus’ as well. It is certainly something to think about if you plan on attending college. Prior to your college years, you can work at the local store building up your reputation and learning about the different departments. There is a department for everyone such as hunting & fishing, bakery, sports, hair care, apparel and so on. They typically start at minimum wage but offer opportunities to tier up. As far as long term potential goes, the employees are already trained and well versed as to the store expectations and therefore are offered first dibbs at advancement potential. They offer medical, dental, 401k and profit sharing and employee discounts. Not a bad loot for someone looking at the long or short term employer. Check out their careers here.
McDonald’s– While many may scoff at the idea of working for McDonald’s, they have some great advantages. They offer direct line customer service and public relation skills, peer interaction, food safety and food prep skills. They also offer comprehensive benefit packages to those who move up within the company. Some stores have union access and benefits. While each store is independently owned through a franchise, if you show good workmanship and peer interaction, they will be more than happy to refer you to another store perhaps where you are going to college or are moving to. According to McDonald’s Web-site, nearly 50% of their corporate manager’s started out as crew members and nearly 60% of their owner operators started out as crew members. There is a potential for growth for those who are willing to stick it out and work hard each shift.
Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC etc..- Each offers their own distinct environment, but for the most part their commitment to employees and their futures are equivalent or better. The expectations for service, quality and willingness to clear continue in all fast food restaurants. Depending on your location, there is at least one or more of these in your neighborhood. Take a moment and peruse each website for a few unique opportunities.
Working as a teen during the summer gives you the working experience, team environment, social interaction and skill building that is vital to any future goals such as scholarships, future employment opportunities and long term commitment. Plus you get your own spending money.