Teen Job Tips

Tips for Teen Job Interview


Job Interview Tips for Teens

For any job interview, it’s important to impress the interviewer from the moment you arrive. Learn what you should and should not do during the interview so you can avoid embarrassing faux pas!

Job Interview Tips for Teens

For any job interview, it’s important to impress the interviewer from the moment you arrive. Here are some tips on what you should – and what you shouldn’t – do during a job interview.

Schedule the Job Interview

Before you go to the interview, know what days and hours you are available to work. The employer will ask. Flexibility is definitely an asset, because the more time you are available, the easier it is for the employer to set a work schedule. Also know how you are going to get to and from work, if you don’t drive.

Dress in Appropriate Interview Attire

What you wear should be neat and tidy, with appropriate shoes, minimal jewelry, and perfume. Bring a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a copy of your working papers, a list of references, and a notepad and pen. Be on time. Arrive a few minutes early for your interview. If you don’t drive, make sure you have a ride who can get you to the interview on time. Shake your interviewer’s hand. During the interview, it’s important to pay attention and focus on the interviewer. Talking on the phone or texting during an interview is not only disruptive, it’s rude.

Avoid Rude Interview Distractions

Leave your phone and iPod at home or turned off in your bag. Don’t chew gum, eat candy or anything else or bring a drink or food with you to the interviewer. Prepare answers to typical interview questions in advance, so you’re comfortable responding.

Job Interview Etiquette

Don’t sit until you are invited to. Don’t slouch in your chair. Don’t use slang or swear. Be polite, positive, and professional throughout the interview. It’s important to make eye contact with your interviewer and to focus on the question.
Focus on the interviewer and don’t get distracted. If you have a hair (or any other issue) ignore it until after the interview. It’s important to thank the interviewer for their time and to let them know that you look forward to hearing from them.

Job Interview Follow Up

Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. If you have an email address, send an email thank you note, otherwise send a paper note thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.

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Tips for Writing a Teen Resume


If you are a teenager on the hunt for a job, you will need a great resume, even if you don’t have any work experience. See how to write a teen resume that will land you a great job.

Tips for Writing a Teen Resume

When you’re writing your first resume it can be hard to know what to include, especially if you don’t have any or much work experience. These tips will help you write a resume that works.

Getting Started

Many teen job seekers think they don’t need a resume or don’t have anything to include on a resume. That’s not the case.

It’s easy to get started. All you need is a word processing program like Microsoft Word and a printer. Your school or library will have everything you need, if you don’t have it at home.

Sample Resumes and Templates

A quick way to get started writing a resume is to use a Microsoft Word Template. All you’ll need to do is customize the template with your information. Before you start, review sample resumes. It will give you a good idea of what your resume should look like and what you can include.

Your resume needs to include some basic education:

Name, address and contact information


Work Experience


Even if you don’t have formal work experience, you can include other types of work like baby sitting or lawn mowing and volunteer experiences.

List Your Information

The easiest way to get started is to make a list that includes all the information you need on your resume.

Clean and Clear Formatting

Once you’ve added all your personal information to your resume, take the time to format it. Your resume should use a plain font, have lots of white space, and be simple and easy to read.

Your resume has less than 20 seconds to make a good impression on an employer, so it needs to be eye-catching and easy to read.


You don’t need to include references on your resume. Create a separate list of references to giving to prospective employers.

Take the time to create a professional resume, even when you’re a first time job seekers.

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Teen Job Interview Attire

What attire you wear to a job interview can either help you stand out and win a position, or destroy your chances of employment altogether. See our tips for what attire teens should wear when going to a job interview.

Teen Job Interview Attire

When you’re interviewing for a job it’s important to dress appropriately so you can impress the interviewer and stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips on how you can prepare ahead of time for the big day.

Dress for Work

When you show up for an interview, dress for work. Do not dress as though you were going to the beach, school, or the park. The outfit your parent or grandparent likes the best is probably a good choice.

Dress as You Would for an Interview

When you’re applying for a job in-person, you should dress just as nicely as you would for the actual interview. It shows that the job is important to you and that you’ll dress professionally if you’re hired.

Have One Good Outfit Ready to Go

When looking for a job, remember to always have one good outfit ready to wear. That way you don’t have to scramble, even if you get a last minute call for an interview. Your dress should be, at the least, neat and tidy. Business casual is usually appropriate. Khakis or trousers, paired with a neatly tucked in polo or button down shirt would work well.

Avoid Unnecessary Flash, Accessories and Skin

Your shoes should be moderate and you should avoid extreme hairstyles or colors. Don’t wear super high heels, sandals, flip-flops, or sneakers. No jeans or shorts, no tank tops, crop tops, or anything especially low cut (shirt or pants) or too short (skirt or blouse) – keeping everything professional is a must.

Bring a Resume

Along with any application you must bring along, print out extra copies of your resume and a list of references. These will be the most important accessory to your outfit! Carry them in a binder or portfolio so they stay tidy and unwrinkled. During the interview, stay calm and know that you’re ready to do your best. You’ve spent time selecting your outfit, and now you look the part!

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