A part-time summer job gives you disposable income so you don’t have to borrow money from mom and dad. It also shows your parents you are responsible and looks good on resumes and college applications. Not sure what to do? Look into these job options to get you started.
Are you a strong swimmer? Community pools typically hire teens as lifeguards for the summer months. The pools usually open after school is out and close before school is back in session, making it ideal for your summer schedule. This job isn’t just lounging around the pool. You need a strong sense of responsibility to keep the pool patrons safe. You might also need to teach swimming lessons, so make sure you’re comfortable working with kids.
Camp Counselor or Child Care
Love kids? Teens have plenty of opportunities to work with kids. Being a camp counselor is one option. Check for local camps that hire teens for either day camps or sleep away camps. Local attractions, such as zoos or museums, often have day camps for kids as well. The sessions are usually a week or two at a time. If you have vacation or other activities during the summer, you might be able to schedule your camp work shifts around those events.
Child care is another option. If you want regular work, look for a family who needs child care all summer. You can work as a nanny for the family. If you have a busy summer with sports or other activities, offer your services for occasional babysitting. This gives you flexibility in your schedule.
If you want to spend the summer outdoors, landscaping or lawn care is the way to go. Landscaping companies and city parks and recreation departments often hire older teens to handle outdoor maintenance. This might include mowing, weed eating, watering, trimming bushes and planting flowers. You’ll get plenty of exercise and fresh air with this job option. If you don’t want a regular job with a landscaping company, offer up your services to your neighbors. You will likely find several takers who don’t want to handle their own lawn care during the summer months.
Stores, restaurants and movie theaters are almost always in need of part-time help, and many of them hire teens to fill the openings. Most retail employers offer flexibility on how many hours you work and when you work. Expect to work at least some evenings and weekends. Another potential perk is a discount on the goods or services from your employer. If you work as a restaurant server, you can also earn tips.
As a teen, you have several summer job options. Check with each employer first to find out the minimum age for part-time work. Then start filling out applications until you get your job offer.