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.
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.