Life Skills Academy: How to Get a Job
Because the Mall Ain’t Cheap
Getting a job is tough, no doubt. You have to write resumes, prepare for interviews, and actually find someplace to be hired. Learn the best ways to look for a job and make the best impression on your interviewer. Because let’s be honest top ramen and pizza rolls won’t pay for themselves.
- What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers by Richard N. Bolles
Perhaps the most classic and definitive job hunting guide. This book takes you step by step through the process of finding and getting a job.
- What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job by Carol Christen
The original is one of the all-time classics for job seekers. The teen specific guide focuses more on transitioning from high school to the workforce and long term planning on the shape of a teen’s career,
- Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning: Your High School Roadmap for College and Career Success by Justin Ross Muchnick
A handbook for teen college and career planning. It includes both academic and vocational options presented as a manual.
- SJPL Works
San José Public Library's business and career center website. It's full of tons of information about finding and keeping your first job.
- Big Interview
One of the best interview practice sites available. It lets you answer questions and record your replies so you can see how you did. It also has a great collection of odd and challenging interview questions.
One of the most reliable job search sites available. It pulls job applications from multiple sources. It's like a Google for jobs.
- The Balance
A personal finance site with a rich collection of articles about finding a job. Their section on teen jobs is particularly useful.
Tips and Tricks
- Ask people to be your references before applying for jobs and make sure you have their contact information.
- Your interests and activities can sometimes be job-worthy skills; think creatively.
- Talking to friends and family (and friends of your family) is a great way to find a job.
- Use multiple job search engines to find jobs you might be interested in.
- Practice your job interview skills as much as possible. Your mirror, family member, or pet are great audiences to practice on.
- Never bad-mouth a previous employer during a job interview. They’ll be thinking about what you will say about them.
- Dress for success during the interview.