Looking Ahead, Getting Ahead
by Mrs. Clark
Teens what do you plan to do with your summer? Fun with friends and time in the sun are most likely at the top of your list. Have you thought about how you will have money to spend for the fun your wanting?
Is a summer job in your near future?
If so now is the time to plan. If you wait until school is out to begin looking for a job you may be missing out on a job. Check out some of the resources at the library. Employment books are found in the non-fiction section in the 650’s. Sign in at the computer lab and search available jobs from a reputable local source.
Even before you have a lead you need to think about collecting the information that will be needed to complete a job application. It may look easy at first but the application asks you to supply a lot of information and most applications are now completed on-line so there’s no going home and looking for the answers or asking Mom or Dad to answer for you. Plan ahead and have all the information you will need written down neatly and bring it with you. While you’re thinking ahead begin to think about what adults you have had experience with over the years that might be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Be sure the person you’re asking has a positive perception of you and/or your work. Contact these adults now and let them know you would like to use their name as a reference on job applications for this summer. It is up to you to ask and remember that adult can say no. Don’t fret just move on.
One last thought do you want to work outside or inside? Outside sounds wonderful on nice weather days but can be terrible on hot humid summer days. Does a climate controlled store sound more your style? Think about all the locations people go for goods and services. What type of work appeals to you? Do you have the clothes you will need or will they be supplied to you?
By looking ahead now you will be getting ahead this summer and have the money to fund your summer fun.