Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2009
Teens seeking paying part-time and/or summer jobs will find the 2009 Stimulus Act provides $1.2 billion for youth activities, including the creation of one million summer jobs for youths. The bill also extends from age 21 to age 24 the age of eligibility for youth services to allow local programs to reach young adults who are unemployed and not in school, says Renée Ward, founder of http://Teens4Hire.org.
The federal government will dispense funds to the states, states to counties and cities and ultimately trickle down to youth programs in the form of jobs. Teens should contact their local community governments for more information on what's available in their community and eligibility.
This year overall hiring has slowed and businesses are reluctant to hire minor teens. The Stimulus Package infusion will help teens in areas hardest hit and with the greatest need. Others will still have to work to find work.
The retail industry -- one of the largest employers of teens--reports that retail sales are down and inventory is being cut. This also means fewer jobs may be available.
If openings do exist, teens are typically the last link in the hiring chain. Businesses prefer to hire those with experience for paying jobs when times are tough.
Older teens 18-19, have more opportunities available to them.
Regardless of your age, if you want a paying job you must demonstrate that you:
Have the basic education required to do the job,
Are willing to work hard and learn new things,
Have a positive attitude,
Understand the needs of the business.
Look for NOW HIRING signs wherever you go. Employers might give teens more consideration for employment if they show up at their door. Employers want to hire people with a positive attitude and attitude is something a teen can control.
Best bets for finding employment are: city-run youth programs, amusement, theme and recreation parks, ice-cream, juice shops and grocery stores; libraries, museums and zoos; fast food and casual dining restaurants; child and elder care services; and offices needing clerical or customer service help.
Follow these Top 5 Tips to Land a Job
1. Be assertive. A job will not come to you. You have to go out and get it.
2. Your first "image" impression is very important. Dress in clean, neat clothing and look for "Now Hiring" signs in your neighborhood. Don't pass up a paying job at a fast food place--they have a renewed interest in teens that have a legal right to work in the U.S..
3. Your first "verbal" impression is very important. Use your "business voice" to ask about the minimum age requirement for an open position and if you meet it, ask to be considered.
4. Your first "written" impression is very important. Take your time and fill out the job application form neatly and completely.
5. An "overall" positive impression will determine if you land the job. During the interview relax, listen to the questions and answer the questions honestly, continue to use your business voice, look the interviewer in the eye, be polite and convince the interviewer that you can and will do the job above expectations.
We provide a great deal of additional helpful information in the RESOURCES area of Teens4Hire.org to help you land a job, get work experience and/or explore other ways to earn money.
Click here http://www.teens4hire.org/resources.asp to review:
Top 10 Tips to Land a Job
Top 10 Qualities Employers Want Most in a Teen Candidate
Top 10 Tips on How to Write a Resume
Top 10 Places for Teens to Look for a Job
Job Titles/Positions Suitable for Teens
Overall Skills and Behaviors Businesses and Organizations Seek
Best Things to Do if You Can't Land a Job
Teens4Hire.org is a web site devoted to helping employers recruit teens, reaches about 2 million ambitious teens across the U.S. looking for work. If you have an opening a teen could click here to post your ad http://www.teens4hire.org/pricing.asp