Best jobs for teenagers

circuscamp

Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

Soon, many teenagers in metro Atlanta will join the already massive group of job seekers, looking for summer employment. While teens may find the temporary and seasonal job markets to be tougher than in previous years, there are several areas that teens looking for summer employment should check out first. These include:

  • Golf courses: Work on the maintenance and groundskeeping crews, or work in the retail shop or clubhouse environment. Check out this map of metro Atlanta golf courses.
  • Restaurants, especially fast food: Fast food restaurant jobs are quite popular with teens, as they usually don’t require previous work experience for entry-level positions, and there are plenty of part-time schedules available. Starting in food service in high school could help prepare you for a server or kitchen position in a more upscale establishment, which is a way many college students help pay their tuition.
  • Retail stores: Learning basic retails skills can be an important asset. Once you’ve learned skills like stocking shelves, assisting customers and working the cash register, you can choose to work your way up to management or rely on these skills later on in life, either during college or as an income supplement during the holidays, for example.
  • Summer camps: Always a popular job for teenagers, camp counselors from a variety of disciplines are in demand for summer camp programs throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia. These aren’t all outdoor or sports-related positions; figure out your best subject in school or a hobby you excel at and see if there’s a program to match. Begin your search online with this database of metro Atlanta summer camps.
  • Amusement parks: If you like working in a fast-paced, outdoor environment, then consider working at one of the several metro Atlanta amusement parks. They need everything from maintenance and cleaning crews to ticket takers and staff for the food and retail vendors.

There are also intern programs, like those offered through CobbWorks. Aspiring journalists may want to check out VOX Teen Newspaper and their summer internship program. For those looking for the life experience and college application or resume booster, consider volunteer work versus a paid job. And for those in foster care, there’s a special state program called Georgia TeenWork.

What do you think are the best jobs for teenagers?

34 comments Add your comment

jasmine`

April 8th, 2009
12:10 pm

how can i get a job and im only 13 bout to be 14 in july really need money an a job !

l

April 23rd, 2009
12:56 pm

Jasmine, go to http://www.dekalbcountyga.us and go to the Summer Youth Employeement link. Good Luck!

allen

April 28th, 2009
2:35 pm

I am 17 years old I need a summer job with evening hours. I like customer service or anything right now. Please any suggestions?

jake

April 29th, 2009
5:18 pm

restaurant. work as a busser, host, expediter, or dishwasher. or server if they don’t serve alcohol.

denasia

May 8th, 2009
10:27 am

im 15 bout to be 16 in like 4 mouths how do i get a job

Kassie

May 11th, 2009
3:56 pm

First of all, I think learning how to use language correctly will help. No one will hire you if you cannot speak English correctly! Just a tip….for all teens…

Karen

May 25th, 2009
1:42 am

Be conscienous. If you really want work and save some money, you should look like you want to work. Like a young lady and a young man. Think about some things you are really good at and look for something relevant to that. Be confident, sell yourself and always ask questions.

kelsey

May 27th, 2009
9:36 pm

i am 15 years old and need ajob will do just about anything

april

May 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

how could i get a job and i 13. also does it matter how old you are alongvs you do the job and get it done.

Jazmine

May 31st, 2009
2:13 pm

man jasmine.im fourteen now and im lookin for a job from friends, internet, e-mails, it’s hard pimpin just do wat u do and you mite find one.

Michael

June 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

I am 15 years of age and really need money to go back to school next year. I would do just about anything to make money this summer…Could anyone help me?

sharonda

June 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

I’m looking for employment I do have experience in retail I am 16 yrs. will be 17 yrs. in one month

Lisa

June 17th, 2009
4:35 pm

I am 17 I really need a job to help me save money for my books for college this upcoming fall
or volunteer opens to gain experience

Jashlyn Woodard

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

I really need a job. I am 19 years old and have great experience with Retail and Fast Food. I just need some help so that I can have a job and be more independet. And most importantly,go to college

Charlene

September 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

I am currently in college and need some employment bad, I have been putting in application after application and still nothing has come through. I have been patient and everything been going through this since May. Does anybody have any suggestions I stay in the Gwinnett area.

Laboria

October 13th, 2009
12:47 pm

I’m 17 year of age. I’m attending Brunswick Job Corp an I will be leaving at the end of this month. I really wont to stay on track please help me.

ansha

October 13th, 2009
7:40 pm

need job iam 13 going to be 14 at feb 5 please help me to find a job i need a job i could do anything please i could even babysett pls need a job job pls

Brandon

November 28th, 2009
1:40 pm

try cashcrate.com

tind

December 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

I’m curious as to how many teens who’ve posted have actually read the article on which they’re commenting. The writer is clearly giving ideas on the industries that hire teens. The next step is for THE TEEN TO DO THE FOOTWORK (not post cries for help on finding a job since the article is a comprehensive response to those pleas). If you’re a teen and you really want work, you’ll do the following:

Go (not call or email, that’s lazy) to the business or organization from one of the job categories about and ask for an application – whether they’re hiring at that moment or not. When you pick up the application, ask the person who’s handing it to you what their name is. Introduce yourself and thank them. Make a goal to collect 5 applications each weekend (That’s 20 applications in one month!).

Make a copy of each application you pick up. This way, if you make a mistake while filling out the app (a mistake that white-out can’t fix), you’ll have a fresh application without having to make an embarrassing trip back to X business for another application.

Return the application within 48 hours of picking it up. If you leave the app with someone different from the person who gave it to you, explain that so-and-so gave you the app and ask for the name of the person who’s taking your app. Again, introduce yourself and thank them for their time. Ask if they accept calls or emails from applicants who want to know how the employee search is going, and get the supervisor’s name and contact info if they do.

P.S. Make sure you’re dress business casual (ask mom or dad what that mean) when you pick up an application. If the manager happens to be in the room while you’re there, you’ll make a great first impression – especially if it’s the manager who’s handing you the application. If a prospective co-worker gives you an application, they may mention you to the supervisor/manager. You don’t want to be tagged as the scruffy juvi who asked for an application!

lorena

December 27th, 2009
11:52 pm

i need a job !! 6787683718 !!!

Roshawn

January 28th, 2010
4:41 pm

i really need a job. I strongly dilike asking people for stuff. Im willing to do whatever it takes to get a job.

Kayla B

January 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

I’m 16 years old, and looking for a job. I love working with animals and kids. i have a great personality, and I work well with others. I need a job to have a little money in my pocket so i don’t have to depend on my parents and learn things. So if anyone sees this please consider me.

farrux

February 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

hello! i’m almost 17,,i’ll be 17 in 2 month,,,so i’m looking some jobs to make some money because i must to go to my country this summer to visit my girlfriend,i have to see her,i’m missing about her,,please help me to find a job ,,,

gucie

March 5th, 2010
9:59 am

this website is the bomb and u stink

maranda l

March 6th, 2010
9:17 pm

im fifteen and i would like a job at a day camp so i dont have to worry about quitting when school starts.
any suggestions cause i would really like a job

monique

March 20th, 2010
3:20 pm

im 15 and i am looking for a job to raise money for my phone bill every month and a prom ticket. ive been looking for about a month now. please help me out!

Erica

March 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

My names Erica and I’m 15 years old and I’m turning 16 in about six months and I’m looking for a summer job or anything that would last me for a while.I have a great personality,I work well with others,I would love to work with children,I have great communication skills, also I have great experiance with working with technology.I would perfer a job that is part time if it’s possible.

Amber Davis

March 24th, 2010
7:27 pm

im 15 in atlanta and in desperate need of job……where do i look

briana

May 10th, 2010
11:07 am

hi my name is briana proctor i am 18 and in need for a job as soon as possible ,it has to be a job that make good money while haveing fun at the same time i enjoy basketball ,football all the very active sport so please email me at any time if you are looking for type of energy.

beejaaye

May 23rd, 2010
3:18 am

heLLo ! i am 17 yrs.oLd &&` i have been Looking 4 a job for a very Long time but nothing seems to work. I`ve put in aLot of appLications and everything but i get no repLy.I dont understand why its so hard. What can i do.

dallas

May 24th, 2010
9:21 pm

did you not read what tind said? if not go up until you see the book of wording then think about your job situation

chris

June 23rd, 2010
10:48 pm

im 14 years old im trying to find a summer part time job pleace tell me somewhere that will higher a 14 year old turning 15 march 8 but i need a part time job pleace give me advice????

Canon

August 12th, 2010
5:11 pm

I am a senior in high school. Where can I find a job that allows me to work on weekends, or just Saturdays?

Rosalyn Smith

September 16th, 2010
9:35 am

hi ….i want a job this summer and i even want a jod when school start i want to known can you help me please and thank you i really want this job this will help me a lot