Teens may opt for self-employment when they are ready to start earning money.
Using a little creativity may lead to a more satisfying or lucrative employment opportunity because there are plenty of things you can do to earn spending money, save for college, or contribute to your family’s expenses.
Traditional teen jobs are good choices for those teens who are ready to join the workforce. Some of the most popular positions are listed below.
Many grocery stores have jobs for high school leavers who are willing to bag groceries and provide customer service.
This is a job worth considering if you like dealing with people. Some of these stores may also hire 16-year-olds for cashier and stocker positions.
You have to check with the specific company in which you are interested.
Some companies are willing to trust teens with cashier duties. These types of jobs can be found at department stores, large retailers such as Wal-Mart or at mall stores.
You should be comfortable with basic math before applying for these jobs.
Restaurants are often places that hire immediate school leavers. Many teens start their working years in restaurants, often at fast food establishments.
At a restaurant you can work as a cashier or food preparer. At fancier restaurants, you may work as a bus person who cleans tables or as a dishwasher.
Sometimes a 16-year-old can become a waiter or waitress, but often you need to be a few years older to get these jobs.
For those who want to know how businesses really work, consider helping a small-business owner.
The advantage of working at a small company is that you may have a greater variety of job duties and opportunities to learn while earning money.
Earning the trust and respect of the owner can lead to more responsibilities and opportunities over time.
Search for local companies to find potential opportunities. Using word of mouth may also alert you to job opportunities in town.
A library offers a great working environment for teens.
It is clean, indoors and relatively low-stress. You won’t have much social interaction, though sometimes patrons will ask you for assistance.
If you enjoy books and are organized, this job is great if you can find one.
Ask your neighborhood library for information on how to apply the next time you visit.
You can also check online for possible library jobs.
If you live in a city that allows you to get your driver’s license at age of 16, you can apply for a food delivery job.
This job would allow you to work in the evenings and on weekends. You also should be able to get tips for your service.
Most national chains require that you are 18 before you can get a driving job. However, local eateries may allow 16-year-olds to deliver.
Visit some local restaurants to find out if they are hiring.
If you have basic computer skills and like working in an office, you can often find a part-time job as a data clerk.
Many offices may need clerks like banks, medical offices, accounting firms, or other small businesses.