Some high school students may have trouble finding jobs for a number of reasons. One of the biggest problems students have is not knowing where to start. For some, this may seem a little elementary. But I’ve heard it over and over again from students who are looking for jobs.
So here is a quick look at some of the best five places to start your job search if you are a high school student.
1. Fast Food- I worked at Taco Bell when I was a freshman in high school. Fast food places are constantly hiring high school students. More than 50% of my former high school students who held part-time jobs worked at a fast food joint at one point or another. So get out there and hit up the McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, and lots of others.
2. Retail- A lot of my friends worked in the mall in my hometown. That’s a great place to start. The mall is home to a lot of jobs for juniors and seniors and also for college students. Clothing stores like Gap, Abercrombie, or Express are usually accepting applications from people in that age group.
Outside the mall there is a periphery of other places to work as well. There are usually Wal-Marts, Targets, and other bigger stores where finding a job might be possible.
3. Grocery- Grocery stores are great places for students to find jobs. They have a wide variety of potential job types that can suit many types of job seeker skill sets. From stocking to cashier, there are great job opportunities in grocery stores.
4. Casual Dining- Typically, you have to be eighteen years of age to work in a place that serves alcohol. However, most of the hosts or hostesses can be sixteen and often are that age. These gigs can provide an easy entry into the food service industry. For those who are already eighteen, working as a server is a great way to earn money throughout the end of high school and into college. Plus you could always fall back on it if you needed to later on in life.
5. Lawncare- There are a ton of lawncare businesses out there. I worked in this industry for nine years. The summers can be brutal and the winters just as bad but the money is steady and grass doesn’t complain when you mow it. For students who are looking to just work hard and make descent money, lawncare might be a great option. Several of my friends did it and ended up starting their own companies as a result.
Remember that with any job opportunity it is best to present yourself as a professional who is ready to work. Lazy people need not apply!