Job Search Tips and Advice for Pennsylvania Teens
Before a teenager starts looking for a job, it is important to take time to decide what you want to do. Even though you may not have experience, there are a variety of positions available for teens.
Explore Job Options
The first step in any job search is to consider their interest. For example, if they love animals, they can consider working with local animal shelters, veterinarians, or even the zoo. They can consider after-school childcare programs, summer camps, and childcare centers if they like working with children.
Teens can find jobs at fast-food restaurants and retail establishments which hire employees without experience. Local libraries often hire teens to help put away books. During the summer, amusement parks and summer camps offer a variety of summer jobs for teens.
Take time to explore options. Keep in mind that your first few jobs will provide an opportunity to find out what you want to do (and what you do not).
Obtaining Working Permits in Pennsylvania
Working Permits are available at the public school of the district in which the student lives.
All students between the ages of 14 and 17 are required by Pennsylvania School Law to secure an Employment Certificate, known as “Working Papers” or “Working Permits,” before they may begin to work. Contact their local school district to determine the exact location of the individual who issues work permits and what hours the issuing officer is available.
If the teenager lives in Pennsylvania and will be working in another state, the student will need a work permit from the state in which they will be working.
Research Different Types of Jobs
Once they have their paperwork in order, they should research the kinds of jobs they would like to do. There are so many options. For example, if they are athletic and love the outdoors, they can consider employment at the beach, park, or mountains. They should also look for jobs within organizations related to their career aspirations.
The Jobs for Teens HQ website is a great resource to answer many teens’ questions when looking for a job. JobsForTeensHQ.com.
Common Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
Companies That Hire High School Students
Sources: Doyle, Alison. Job Search Tips and Advice for Teens. The Balance Careers, March 14, 2021; PA Leadership Charter School. How Do I Get Working Papers/Working Permits?; O’Neal, Anthony. Top Five Jobs for Teens. YouTube, May 16, 2018.
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