Age Factor for Teen Jobs

Overcoming Your Age When Looking for a Part Time Job

Many teenagers think that they're simply too young to get a part time job or summer job. Sometimes parents or even friends will try to discourage you from applying for a summer job because they say "You're not old enough for a job yet!"

But you really want to work, right?

Overcoming Age Objections, the Smart Way

The Age Factor will almost always come up (probably until you're in your twenties, so get used to it!). Learning how to handle the "Age Objection" gracefully is an important part of acting like an adult. There's a right way to go about responding to someone who objects to you "being too young".

There are some valid reasons why both parents and teachers object to young people getting a part time job when they're in high school. Most of the time, you will find that parents and teachers insist that your schoolwork comes first.

And they're right!

"Wait a minute!", you're thinking, "I thought you were going to tell me how to respond to the Age objection!" Hold on. I am.

First, agree with your parents or your teachers. They are absolutely correct that your schoolwork should come before a part time job. The first thing you should tell them is that you will put your education before your job. Make the commitment that you will complete all your homework and school activities before taking on any job responsibilities. And mean it.

By agreeing with your parents on this issue, and assuring them that you will put your education before your job, you are showing them that you recognize and value the position they have taken. This shows them maturity; and by showing them maturity, they are more likely to listen to you when you tell them that a part time job can be an invaluable way for you to learn real-life skills and complement the things you're learning in school.

Win them over...

Teens that have the support of both their parents and peers when looking for a job are much more likely to succeed in that position than teens who do it all alone. Build that support by working through any objections your parents may have and compromising with them on positions they take.

Objection: "You don't have any skills. Who's going to hire you?"

Possible Response: "I'm a hard worker. I learn quickly. I'm enthusiastic and I'm always on time. Who WOULDN'T want to hire me?"

Objection: "College and studying are more important than getting a job for some extra cash..."

Possible Response: "I agree. That's why part of the money I earn I am going to put aside for college. But, besides the money for college, a part time job can show me how to manage my money when I'm IN college!"

(Believe me, there aren't many parents who will object to THAT one!)

OK, Some Legal Stuff...

No matter how good an employee you might be, there are limits to how old someone has to be to work in some areas. You should always check whether there are any laws prohibiting someone your age from working. Remember, you can't argue with the law, no matter what. If someone your age is not legally allowed to work, you're gonna have to wait.

Also remember that some states and municipalities allow minors to work if they have a work permit. Usually getting a work permit involves having your parents or legal guardian sign paperwork that says they are aware of your interest in working, so it's all the more important to re-read the section above on getting your parent's support.

Click here for Information on Work Hours and Age Limits for Teen Jobs.

As always, we here at wish every job seeker the best of luck in your job search!!!

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