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What do employers look for when hiring teens?

When I go to apply for a job I have difficulty trying to pander to employers, especially because of my lack of work experience.

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Keiaira’s Answer

If you are searching for your first job, most employers will be interested in knowing about your extra curricular activities such as team sports, volunteering, school clubs, or training in a discipline (dance, music, boxing, etc) that requires consistency, and focus. They will also look for reliability. From personal experience, most teens have little to no responsibilities; just the desire for the independence that comes with earning your own income, but having a job is a responsibility. You must show up consistently, unless of course, you have a valid excuse. First impressions are lasting impressions. When moving on to better opportunities, you want your former employers to speak highly of you.

Some extra advice, you have to be proactive in your job search. That means, not simply filling out the application. I advise you to not only call occasionally to check on the status of your application, but to actually go in person, and speak to the hiring managers. Let them why you're interested. Allow them to put a face, and personality with the name, and application. Also, any job you apply to should be intentional. Ask yourself "why do I truly want to work here" ? Create a pros and cons list if you have to. You invest a good amount of your time there, so it's important to like your job. When you dislike, or hate your job, it shows.
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Jacob’s Answer

For younger people, I would say most employers will just be looking for any kind of experience and seeing how you carry yourself. Even if you’re applying for your first job, if you have a well written cover letter, and you fill your resume with your experience as a volunteer and/or the president of a club at your school, that’ll really boost your credibility in the eyes of an employer. Of course, I’m not a hiring manager at the moment so I sadly can’t say this will 100% guarantee you employment, but it will help build up your professionalism, which is something all companies want, a professional acting employee.
Also consider looking for places that are “urgently hiring” they’ll be easier to get into.
Hope that helps and good luck.
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