Jobs for teens - who is hiring now?

Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
May 7, 2020

Covid-19 Stay-home order extended as summer hopes fade…


Sound familiar? This is a probably common theme if you’re a teen planing out your summer job prospects.

The Covid-19 outbreak has effectively created a national hiring freeze on the some of the most popular season industries and city/state funded employment programs specifically designed to create youth summer job opportunities nationwide.

But don’t let that discourage you because essential employers are still hiring!

The number of adult workers recently forced into unemployment as a result of COVID-19 is unprecedented but this news shouldn’t automatically default you into the ‘unhirable’ stratosphere You still have skills and capabilities that essential employers want!

The key landing a summer job is to first identify the most common employer recruiting pain points then design your job search strategy to meet those specifics demands.

Youth Workers are a valuable component of the American Workforce!

Don’t believe me? Here’s a short list of strengths and advantages you bring to the table:

You’re perfectly okay with short term employment (Seasonal)

While adult job seekers may be more inclined to search for and jump at the first opportunity to land full time permanent employment, you’re in the market for seasonal (summer) jobs. Employers want workers that can commit to work throughout the full length of the job assignment.

You have work schedule flexibility

Your open schedule flexibility specifically around Weekends, Nights, and Holidays coverage will automatically boost you to the top of the hiring list.

No Experience - No Problem!

Entry-level job duties and responsibilities can be taught but the soft skills and personal traits required to perform a job assignment at the highest level require cultivation. Rest assured that smart employers won’t be expecting years of related work experience from youth job seekers so stay focused on your high quality traits, skills and unique personality characteristics to make a stand out and memorable impression!

Ambition and enthusiasm

Your youth may manifest a genuine excitement to experience new independence as you take on new responsibilities and learning opportunities. The opportunity to earn a steady paycheck is a great motivator too!

So, are you ready to start exploring Summer job options?

Below you will find an updated list of essential and other important employers currently hiring seasonal (summer) workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak. We added the minimum hiring age and some general company information to give you a brief overview of the type of business and job options available.

Please make sure you use the application link for instant access to the companies career page where you can take a deeper dive into the company’s mission, employee benefits, culture and search/apply for job opening in your area.

Youth Summer Employment (jobs for minors 14 - 17 years old)

Attention Minors, (14 - 17 years old) - please check your state for minor work permits and proof of age certificate requirement before you embark on your job search, see

CompanyMinimum Age RequirementHiring NewsLink to Job Application
Kroger & Family of Stores14 years & olderKroger is hiring for FT & PT immediate positions during the COVID-19 pandemicCashier, Stock Clerk, Grocery, Produce, Customer Service, Front End & General Warehouse
McDonald’s14 years & olderMcDonald's and its franchisees are taking proactive steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety in our restaurants across all communitiesCrew Team Member, Cooks, Porter
Stop & Shop16 years & olderStop & Shop is hiring 5,000 new workersDeli, Produce, Grocery, Front End, Cashiers, Floral, Porters
Albertsons16 years & olderAlbertsons see’s large sales increase. Hiring 55,000 new employeesProduce, Grocery, Deli, Front End, Customer Service, General Warehouse
Sprouts Farmers Market16 years & olderWe’re looking for team members who will go above and beyond for our guests because it is the right thing to do, not because someone is lookingDeli, Produce, Grocery, Front End, Cashier, Floral, Porter
Target16 years & olderTarget plays an important role in supporting our communities during times of crisis. Apply today to join our store and distribution center teamsTeam Member, Cashiers, Front End, Customer Service, General Warehouse
Walmart16 years & olderWalmart to hire 50,000 more workersTeam Member, Cashier, Front End, Customer Service, General Warehouse
Wendy’s16 years & olderWendy’s hiring 20,000 new employees.Crew Member, Cashier, Customer Service
Kentucky Fried Chicken16 years & olderLooking to work during the pandemic? KFC is hiringTeam/Crew Member, Cashier, Customer Service
Pizza Hut16 years & olderPizza Hut looking to bring on 30,000 new employeesDelivery Driver, Team Member, Customer Service
CVS16 years & olderCVS to hire 50,000 employeesCashier, General Warehouse, Customer Service, Pharmacy
Walgreens16 years & olderWalgreen hires 100,000 to meet surge demandCashier, Customer Service, Pharmacy, General Warehouse

Teen Summer Jobs (jobs for young adults 18 - 21 years of age)

CompanyMinimum Age RequirementHiring NewsLink to Job Application
Amazon18 years + / must have High School Diploma or GEDStart in 7 days. No previous work experience necessaryWarehouse Associate, Shopper, Delivery Driver, Sorter
Home Depot18 years +; 16 years + in some statesHome Depot hiring 80,000 seasonal employeesFreight & Receiving, Customer Service, Merchandising
Lowes18 years +Lowes is hiring immediate FT & PT positions NationwideReceiver/Stocker, Cashier, Merchandising, General Warehouse
USPS18 years +USPS is hiring after seeing enormous surge in parcel volumeMail Handler, City Carrier, Rural Carrier
Domino’s18 years +Domino’s is hiring due to increase in delivery orders during pandemicDelivery Drivers, Team Member, Customer Service
Harbor Freight18 years +Harbor Freight offers amazing benefits, perks and career advancement opportunitiesRetail Sales, Retail Stock, General Warehouse
FedEx Ground18 years +Package Handlers will receive an additional $2 per hour effective 4/2/20 - 6/6/20Package Handler, General Warehouse
UPS18 years +UPS Earn & Learn Program offers up to 25,000 for PT employeesWarehouse Worker, Package Handler
Instacart18 years +Instacart to hire 250,000 more workersInstacart Shopper
Work From Home!18 years +Seasonal, Temporary and Permanent employment optionsCustomer Service Representative, Technical Support Representative

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1 Comment


Elyssa Duncan

This is amazing, Lenin! Thank you so much for sharing this with the community. I never realized how many exciting job opportunities there are for teens!