What type of places are good for first time jobs for teens?
If you can get a job that gets you ANY type of exposure to the job you are hoping to get that's a great move. For example if you think you want to be a lawyer apply to be the staffer or runner for law office. Just being around the environment will teach you a lot and you'll be in an even better spot when you apply for your first internship.
For teens, it's good to get a summer job. Go to your local grocery store, restaurant, or the mall. You'll find that during the end of the year (winter) you have a lot of options for places to work because of the holiday rush. Now if you are in college, it's good to look into internships. Some of them are unpaid, but it gives you an opportunity to soak up all the knowledge that you wouldn't learn anywhere else.
A great first job depends on what you want to get out of it , for example if you need flexible hours it'll be best to look for a part time job while you head to college. These entry level jobs can range from a retail position all the way to an assistant. If possible get your foot into a job that will be interesting to you and that you can take away something especially if it's going to involve a field you're interested in.
I agree with the previous post. Getting exposure to an area you like is key. When I started my career, it was in a training center of technology, but it was in the mail room etc. I took advantage of the expertise in the company as well as additional training they offered while going to college . 20+ years later technology is part of my career.
I remember my first real job! My dad said he found a job for me working at the local newspaper production plant. It was hard work but I worked there thru high school and moved up to something I enjoyed. It really primed my career to keep searching for my true passion.
I think working with people is always good experience especially as a first job. Manual labor is not bad either. I had done that earlier as a kid working for a landscaping company and that was hard work. I liked earning my own money.
Whatever you do persue getting a job and do not be picky. Set a goal to have a job by a certain time and work towards that. Part-time work does not normally require any special skills but finding a job is a job in itself.
I hope this was helpful.
All the best.
There are no right answer to this question. I began working at age 12 at the Olympic Stadium ( Montreal) selling hotdogs and popcorn. I then moved to retail working at T.J. Maxx, and then Nine West. I moved to Barnes and Nobles where I fell in love with books. I ended at Verizon Wireless, first as a customer service rep and then IT Business Analyst and Project Manager. I have performed each one of my job to the best of my capabilities and with passion. I do agree with Paul, part-time work does not require special skills, but passion and dedication.