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What can I do to stand out from the competition in order to get a job?

I'm going into my junior year of high school this summer and was wondering, when trying to get a part-time, summer job as a 16 year old, what is the best way to seem distinguished and be preferable over the competition? job-search high-school summer

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Mohan’s Answer

Ramp up your résumé
Do your homework.
Demonstrate your value.
Show interest and enthusiasm.

thanks! I didn't know if I needed a resume when looking for a part-time, I'll start working on it Quinton Q.

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Kim’s Answer


Remember that this whole process is about what YOU can do for the EMPLOYER, and not the other way around.
Assuming you take a job in a company/business/store/etc, remember that the purpose of business is to make money. Period.
EVERY employee can help to make or save money, even if they are not in sales.
1. Delivering exceptional customer service. Great customer service will be spread by word of mouth, and business will grow. Bad customer service will be spread on the internet.
2. Regulatory compliance. Fines are expensive. Carding under-age drinkers,etc.
3. Safety: Employee injuries are expensive (workers comp claims). Customer injuries are more expensive (lawsuits).
4. Confidentiality: If you are handling credit cards, personal health information, etc. you guard it as if it were your own.
5. Infectious disease control: Cleaning tables, etc
6. rotating food products (first in, first out - so products get used/sold before they become outdated)

Show that you care about the things that are important to the employer, and you want to help the business to succeed!
If you have never had a job before, list volunteer work, clubs, leadership positions. Things that demonstrate that you are used to the idea of having to show up somewhere day after day (other than school--band practice, etc) ROTC is good, anything showing leadership. Cash handling? Ever work a booth selling hotdogs or doing carwashes?

Anyway, put some effort into the resume, take pride in what you do, as that is how they will judge what kind of worker you will be. Happy to review it if you want me to, you can contact me thru my LinkedIn profile.

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celeste’s Answer

I have to agree with everyone in here!
I would also suggest doing some volunteer work until you gain employment! It is a great way to gain experience and grow!
Good Luck to you!!
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Quinton,

If you want to distinguish yourself from your peers for a summer job, I think the best thing that you can do is volunteer. For a potential employer, it is a huge resume booster to see that an individual is willing to dedicate their time to help others.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Quinton!

You asked a very important question. Here some tips:

If you are going to be looking for a job, it would be best to try to get one within your career area of interest. When approaching a prospective employer, you can explain that you are interested in gaining experience in the carer area in which you desire to major in in college. This will allow you to gain a link with the employer.

Best of luck! Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress!