Back to school means getting used to a daily schedule and possibly an increased study work load. For many St. Louis area teens and young adults, it also is a time when they begin to look for a part-time job.
Juggling work and school is no easy task, but the benefits of having experience to put on a resume’ is usually worth the effort. However, having no current work experience makes it challenging to land even a part-time job to work around school.
First-time jobs often require persistence and practice at interviewing before you get your foot in the door. The work it takes to get the job will pay off in the long run. Learning to keep up with the school workload without slacking on the job at work is a valuable skill as well.
Click through the following nine first-time jobs for high school and college students to use as a launching pad toward future careers.
Retail – Retail stores offer great flexible hours for students, especially during summer months. They are a good training ground for customer service skills, in working with the public. They also often provide a great employee discount.
Tutor – If you are particularly great at a specific subject, like math or Engligh, many schools seek out student tutors to help those who are struggling. Sometimes, these are volunteer positions. However, others are paid positions. Either way, they are great experience to include on a resume’.
Fast food restaurants – These jobs are known to be easy. The pay is lower than some other jobs, but they do provide extremely flexible hours for students. Though they are often joked about as being a job that flips as quickly as the next burger on the grill, they actually also offer potential promotional job opportunities should you decide to make a career out of the fast food industry.
Grocery stores – Local stores, like Schnucks and Dierbergs, host hiring fairs where they recruit new employees. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for a resume’ at the customer service desk throughout the year. These jobs are excellent training grounds and even serve for potential promotions within the stores, once hired. Because they pay higher than some other first-time jobs and provide a solid foundation of training, they are heavily sought after by young up-and-coming workforce, so the competition to get hired is tough. You will also, most likely, be asked to join a union.
Animal Shelters or Pet Sitting
Animal shelter or pet sitting – Working with animals is a great place to get started in the workforce. Check out a local animal shelter, or ask neighbors and friends about sitting for their pet while they are away. Another option is to offer to walk dogs in your area.
Restaurant server – Though the pay may actually be lower than that of a fast food worker, these jobs offer the opportunity to make back the difference plus more in tips. They are great jobs to put on your resume’ as you learn how to deal with the public and assert customer service skills, which is a skill every new employee benefits from knowing.
Babysitting – Teens as young as 13 often begin their work career as a babysitter. The pay varies, depending upon the family you’re working for, but it provides excellent opportunity to prove responsibility. It is also a job that works quite flexibly around school hours.
Sell Your Stuff on Etsy or eBay
Etsy, eBay and other online outlets – Are you a talented artist, or have a room you’re cleaning out to get ready for college? Sell your art work on Etsy, and sell your used unwanted items on eBay. You must be 18 to have your own account to sell on eBay and Etsy.
Pizza delivery – The pay may be lower than other jobs, but the tips usually make up for it. This job allows for some amount of freedom, as you are alone in your vehicle for deliveries. Though, you will have a tight schedule to keep and customers to make happy to earn those tips. You’ll need a driver’s license, and your insurance rates may go up.