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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

What are you going to say?

Tell me about yourself. This question makes us cringe a little bit, but every employer will ask you this in some form during an interview. Why? Well because they want to see what YOU bring to their company. You might be wondering (or tempted) to tell your life story and be more personal, but don’t! When an interviewer says, "Tell me about yourself," what he or she really wants to know is how your experience applies to the job you're interviewing for.

Stick to talking about what it is you do or have done as it relates to the job. You can think about some past experiences that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, and select 3 or so strengths you possess which you feel are important to this job. This could be experiences, traits, skills, etc. This will help you let the interviewer know more about yourself, but also cleverly state why you are a good fit for the role. Selling yourself is key, so always be thinking in the back of your mind, “Would I hire myself?” Let’s take a look at an example:

Interviewer: Ok Joe, can you tell me more about yourself?

Joe: I have been working as a stocker for Target for over 2 years. My most recent experience has been writing and keeping track of inventory orders on our database systems. One reason I particularly enjoyed my position were the challenges that went along with it such as anticipating inventory needs. I also loved that I was able to use my organizational skills daily whether it was through taking inventory or rotating stock.

Next, mention your strengths and abilities: Joe: My real strength is achieving goals. I pride myself on following through, maintaining company standards, and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time.

Conclude with a statement about your current situation: Joe: What I am looking for now is a company that values commitment, offers a strong team and a place where my work efforts are valued"

Before you head into the interview PLAN what you are going to say. This little speech is called your elevator pitch. Once you have written it down, practice it at home with family, in front of the mirror, or even consider recording yourself. Get comfortable speaking about yourself and why you are a great fit for the company and your confidence will shine through!

Check out [this video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kayOhGRcNt4) for some more tips on how to successfully tell employers about yourself.

Good luck! : )

#elevatorpitch #interview #jobsearch #tips #teensummerjobs #teenjobs #teens

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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
5 months ago

Great summer job for teens in FL!

If you’re a strong swimmer who’s looking for a summer job, then look no further.

The city of Jacksonville, Florida is hiring lifeguards for the summer!

Starting pay is $10/hour; applicants must have completed lifeguard training.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old and have completed lifeguard training, which includes a 300-yard swim, treading water hands-free for two minutes and retrieving a 10-pound brick from a diving well.

“Becoming a lifeguard is (a) wonderful opportunity to learn leadership, responsibility and teamwork. Apply now for a rewarding summer job that also looks great on a professional resume,” the city said.

Interested candidates can learn more about these jobs, by calling 904-255-4271 or sending an email to bealifeguard@coj.net

#Jacksonville #Florida #jobsearch #teens #hiring

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Maddie A
over 6 months ago

Teens & Taxes: What You Need To Know

#teensummerjobs

It’s a common (and a good!) question, and it’s best to know the answer before tax day–April 15–rolls around.

The short answer It’s not a question of how old you are, it’s a question of how much you make.

The long answer If you are a minor (under 18 years old) and your earned income was over $6,350 in 2017, you will need to file a tax return.

In the world of taxes, minors are (under 18 years old), considered “dependents” and are in a lower tax bracket than adults. The reason is quite simple: minors are likely students and are therefore not expected to make as much money as their parents or guardians.

Am I a “dependent?” If you are one of the following, you are considered a “dependent” by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service): • Under 19 years old • A full-time student under 24 years old • Your parent or guardian provides financial support that is equal to or greater than half of your annual income.

“Unofficial” jobs count! Babysitting, lawn mowing, dog walking, snow shoveling...if you’ve filled one of these roles or any similar roles, you’re considered “self-employed” by the IRS. And if you made more than $6,350 as a self-employed worker in 2017, you’ll need to file.

I need to file. Now what? Time to fill out forms. Yay!

First of all, memorize your social security number...all of these forms will require it.

If you are self-employed, you'll fill out Form 1040EZ and Schedule SE (self-employment). If you’re employed by a business, your employer will provide you with a W-2 form. • More info on Form 1040EZ here • More info on Schedule SE self-employment here

If you’re not likely to make more than $6,350 working this summer (or even this year in total), consider filling out a W-4 form anyway (more info on the W-4 form here). W-4s determine how much of your income employers will withhold from your paycheck. If you don’t fill it out, they are required to withhold at the highest rate, so completing the form will will ensure you keep as much of your earnings as legally possible. (More info on filling out a W-4 as a minor here.)

Resources Visit these pages for more helpful information. • How to File as a DependentTax Rules for Children and DependentsMinimum Income Requirements for Filing a Tax ReturnHow Many Hours is “Full-Time” Employment?How to File ElectronicallyHelpful Government Resources

Too long, didn’t read Long story short: stay on top of this stuff! Get all your ducks in a row before April 15. Tally up your earned income for 2017 and determine if you need to file, and if you do, refer to the information and resources above to ensure you do so correctly.

If you need additional help, consider visiting your school’s guidance department–they can give you more detailed guidance and help answer any specific questions you may have.

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Matt Greenwood
over 6 months ago

You want a job??

I am 16 and just got my first job working at pizza hut. Its good for now plus I get discounts on pizza so that's cool. If you want to get a job too make a resume. Don;t know how? Google resume templates teen and use some of the ideas to help make yours. It's really easy. Then drop it off at the job u want. You HAVE to go in! Ask for the manager and act happy while you tell them who u are, and then hand them your resume. Trust me it works! Call back in a few days to check in with them. If you don’t do anything then it won’t happen.

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Maddie A
over 6 months ago

Teens: Start Your Summer Job Search Now

#teensummerjobs

Yes, winter is here, but hiring for summer jobs starts now.

Dive right in and start looking for opportunities – many employers who hire for the summer have already started looking, and they’re usually all staffed up by March.

How to start

A good way to kick off the job search is to have an idea of positions that interest you. Industries that rely heavily on summer workers include:

  • Food Service (barista, food prep, waiters, hosting, bussing)
  • Retail (sales associates, cashiers, stocking, inventory)
  • Outdoor work (farm hand, animal care, crop oversight, greenhouse maintenance)
  • Stock clerks and order fulfillment
  • Childcare work (babysitting, camp counselor, tutoring)
  • Domestic (dog walking, personal assistant)
  • Recreational (theme parks, resorts, lifeguarding, swim lessons)

Our community of Jobcasers have great insights and tips about the teen summer job search! Check out what these members are saying and jump into the discussion: Nicole Christina Marcus

Bottom line: get ahead of the game and start job searching now...your summer self will thank you.

Check back tomorrow for the next piece in our #teensummerjobs series: how to make sure your applications and resumes end up in the right place.

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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Teens need jobs too!!

If you’re a teenager and looking for a job, it can feel VERY frustrating when you need income but you’re still young and/or inexperienced. So, let’s check out some jobs that might be a perfect fit for you! If you are under 18 please know that some jobs might require [working papers] (https://www.thebalance.com/working-papers-employment-age-certificates-2063908).

[Babysitting, pet care, tutoring] (https://www.care.com/) Under 18? Care.com allows to to make your own parent monitored account. You can also create a profile for each different type of job that you are interested in!

[21 job ideas for students] (https://www.localwise.com/a/137-21-best-part-time-jobs-for-teens-and-high-school-students) Still in school? Here are 21 part time jobs to consider. Search for some of them [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search)!

[Hire Teen] (https://www.hireteen.com/) A great resource to check out! This site lists jobs you can apply to based on your age.

[Create your very first resume] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/5128e10e-141e-5382-a8e7-74a5f06150b8) Here is some information on the best ways to create a resume when you don’t have a lot of experience. Yes, teens need resumes too! : )

Just remember that with any job you apply to make sure to stay safe, notify a friend or relative of when you have an interview/begin work, and don’t get frustrated if some businesses tell you no.

Push through it and keep going! Your job is waiting for you.

Know a teen OR are you a parent to one? Share this info with them! : )

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Tricia Hendrix
Community Specialist
5 months ago

Typhoon Texas hosting a job fair this Saturday!

Typhoon Texas Waterpark located near Roundrock, Texas will host an in-person job fair for seasonal positions THIS SATURDAY, April 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Positions include food and beverage, front gate, in-park events, lifeguard and others. No appointment or pre-registration is necessary.

Applicants age 16 and older should come with resumes to Typhoon Texas, located at 18500 N. SH 130, Pflugerville and wear a mask at the event!

Applications can also be submitted online at the Typhoon Texas website.

#teens #Roundrock #Texas #hiringnews #hiringevent #jobfair #jobsearch

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Lawrence White
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Cedar Point National Hiring Day to hire 6,500 for upcoming season!

#NationWideUSA - Cedar Point announced it plans to hire approximately 6,500 associates for the 2021 season and will be hosting in-person and virtual National Hiring Day - Saturday, March 13 events.

Register for a Hiring Event near you at Cedar Point National Hiring Day

  • Applicants need to be 18 years of age and older to qualify for employment.

Job Areas Include:

  • Hospitality
  • Food & Beverage
  • Aquatics
  • Maintenance
  • Seasonal (#2021SummerJobs)

Why Cedar Point?

  • Get Real-World Experience In How Our Business Operates.
  • Develop Skills That Look Good On A Resume Or Application.
  • Interact With Different People Of All Ages And Backgrounds.
  • Learn About Cash Handling, Inventory, Customer Service, * Food Preparation, Safety And Much, Much More.

Attend a local hiring event to learn more about Cedar Point job roles and immediate hiring opportunities. Register today at Cedar Point National Hiring Day

Job Search and Application Tips:

#CedarPoint #hiringnews #jobsearch #teens #fulltime #parttime #seasonal #NationWideUSA

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Anthony Cebrero Garcia
over 6 months ago

First time using one of these websites.

Hi! Like I said on the title, these sites are new to me. I was wondering, what jobs are good for teenagers? I'm looking for a summer or part time job to help my folks out and would like a few ideas on where to start?

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Penelope Calderon
over 6 months ago

Should my kid work at McDonald's?!

During my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college, I worked for McDonald's. I did it all. I took orders and worked the cash register and drive-thru (when we actually had to figure out the change ourselves). My oldest teenage son is now at that same moment where he wants a job. So here’s what I think. If your teen wants to work to save up for his own car or something worthwhile and there is an available job at a fast-food restaurant, you should consider letting him/her take the job. I learned a lot from working at McDonald's and it helped me form a strong work ethic in each of my future jobs. I know fast food gets a bad rap, but for me, I think it's definitely good to have your kids know the value of hard work and earning money. What do you think?

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