My son is always saying he can’t wait to get a job so he can buy what he wants. My husband and I always second that motion with a double hi-five. Although he’s only 8 years-old, it’s crazy how quickly kids begin to understand the value and responsibility of money these days. But, with the recession and current unemployment rates you would be a crazy Queens Mama not to be thinking about the jobs that will actually be available to your teenager when they are ready to venture into the world of work.
One of the most interesting jobs we found was at the Youthmarkets. Managed by Grow NYC’s Greenmarket, youth throughout the city are paid $10 per hour t operate a fresh fruit and vegetable stand. The kids learn valuable skills like proper nutrition, and the mathematic and business skills required to sustain their own small business, while making some extra cash.
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If your kid is more interested in a traditional job, like McDonalds or Subway, the Web site myfirstpaycheck.com is an excellent resource. While the site is
catered to older teens (16-17) and college students it’s a great resource for summer jobs. Most listings are part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. One of the latest opportunities was for a Sandwich Artist at Subway and a Teen Fashion Consultant for Facebook.
Just remember that for most hourly positions your child will need working paper which they can obtain from their school counselors—after getting a physical and filling out the necessary paperwork. Although your teen will not want you too, be sure to accompany them to their interview or first day of
work. Make sure the employer is clear on the amount of time your child will work and what their job requirements are. Other valuable sites are groovejobs.com and teens4hire.com.
Probably the most lucrative opportunity for older and younger teens is to start theirown business. As evidenced from this
site, things like writing a blog, creating content management Web sites for local business, mother’s helper positions and landscaping (shoveling snow and cutting grass) are not only ways for teens to beef-up their resumes, but also can last year round.
Teens should hunt for opportunities such as these in their families and communities. With the recent onslaught of social media, everyone wants to be on Facebook and Twitter, but not everybody knows how. The 50 year-old man who owns the bakery may want a Web site, and your teen may be the perfect one to create it.
They can use site builders like intuit.com and godaddy.com to purchase the site for $6 a month (which they charge to the client), and ask the business person to pay them a fee for maintaining the site. Or start a blog for their friends, and rake in the advertising dough.
Teens looking for work as mother’s helpers or landscapers should visit community groups (i.e. mommy groups-on and offline-, chess groups, golf clubs) t check out the prospects. They can even post ads in local papers or Craigslist, or do it the old fashion way and pass out flyers. While these types of opportunities may require more follow-up from their parents (dealing with strangers, etc.) it’s a way for teens to gain real experiences and learn some skills that they will have for a lifetime.
By Guest Author Cynthia Mendoza