The summer is here, and many teens will die of boredom by the second week. So the first thing they’ll probably do is fill out some summer job applications. Unfortunately, though, many of them don’t get any calls back for interviews and often just give up on finding a job. Here’s why this happens:
Many teenagers don’t understand how many people apply for the same jobs that they are in pursuit of. They think that their chances of getting a call back are inevitable just because the position they’re applying for is simple and not appealing. In the past, yes, it was so much easier for teenagers to attain those fast food and retails jobs that many adults did not want, but times have changed since then. Now with this economy, many adults have to resort to working in these fast food and retail stores because of the fact that they’re unable to find anything better. And more than likely, they’ll hire an adult over a teenager because of maturity, experience, and reliability, as well as the fact that most adults need the money more to provide for their families.
And even if it’s not adults that they should be worrying about, it’s other teenagers. A lot of teenagers may think that they have an advantage over other teenagers because of the fact that they’ve participated in a few clubs at school and done some volunteer work; but to be honest, most employers don’t care about that stuff. They just want to find somebody that can perform well at the tasks given to them and most volunteer work that students do for community service hours don’t relate to what employers have in store for you, if they were to hire you, of course.
Filling out applications is necessary to finding a job, but it just isn’t enough. And creating a nice resume isn’t enough either. Many teenagers think that having a nice resume will secure them a job at their favorite clothing line store, and for some occasions, it may be the case; but typically, resumes aren’t that important for those type of jobs. When you’re a teenager, there isn’t really much that you can put on your resume, unless if you are some sort of genius who graduated from college at the age of 12. Employers know this, so they don’t expect you to have some sort of resume that you’d see a Harvard student have. As a matter of fact, a lot of retail and fast food store employers don’t even ask for a resume. What really matters is your personality. They want to hire someone who has a genuine, friendly, and determined character who can keep customers happy and satisfied. Sure, winning an award for Funniest Kid of the Year your freshman year of high school is nice to have, but it isn’t something that will get you the job you’re looking for.
Also, one thing about applying for jobs online and sending in resumes is that there are already a bunch of other teens that are doing that as well. There are people putting in applications every day, and for an employer, they typically begin to get bored just reading applications and resumes, especially since most of them look identical; so more than likely, you won’t get that phone call for an interview because they probably gave the open position to a friend or family member of a loyal employee or a peer of themselves.
The best thing to do after you fill out an application is to go to the store you applied to, and ask to speak with a manager. Make sure you’re wearing business attire, and be confident. Just greet the manager, tell them a little about yourself, and inform them that you’ve filled out an application and tell them why you really want the job. Yes, it’s ok to find desperate. If you sound desperate, that’ll let them know how much you want the job and it’ll show them that you’ll be a hard worker and do everything to keep that job. It’ll let them know that you are persistent and eager to work for them – and they love that!
Even if you already have a job, this tip can help you land one even better. In this economy, you got to really put max effort into landing a job you truly want to have, so just make sure employers understand how much effort you’re really putting in.