Tips on getting a part-time job

It's not always easy landing a part-time job, especially if you've never worked before, but here are a few tips to get you started:

Be realistic

It's cool that you want to make some extra money but be realistic about your schedule and your personality before you start looking for a job. Are you on a sports team that meets every Saturday? Do you have a lot of homework from school? And think about what kind of job would suit you best - do you like hanging out in the mall or being outside?

Write a resume

You definitely need a printed resume to hand out to employers. If you've never had a real job before, put down whatever experience you have, even if it's babysitting or shovelling your neighbour's driveway. You can also list any clubs you've joined, sports you've played or volunteer work. Read more resume tips.

Get crackin'

There are tons of places to find job listings. Check out the newspaper or youth employment centres and keep an eye out for help-wanted signs. A lot of businesses don't advertise so be brave and just walk into places you'd like to work and ask if they are hiring. Just think about it first - if you walk into a restaurant, don't ask for the manager during the busy dinner times.

Schmooze!

Work your connections. Ask your buddies with jobs if their boss is hiring and if they can put in a good word for you. Tell your family that you're looking for a job and get them involved. Maybe your uncle's business or your mom's hair salon can give you a job.

Don't freak out

In your job search you'll probably hear "nope, we're not hiring" more than a few times. Don't take it personally! Say something like "well, I'll give you my resume and if you are hiring in the future, give me a call." Try not to get bummed out by rejection - if you keep looking, you'll find the right job for you.

Follow-up

A few days after handing in a resume, call back! You want to let the manager know you're really serious and interested about the job. You can say something like "I dropped off my resume the other day and was wondering if you had a chance to look it over."

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