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First Job Ideas for Teens


First Job Ideas for Teens

Are you looking for your first or second job? Looking for Jobs in Cardiff? When you're just starting out and haven't worked at a real job before, the best type of position to look for is one that doesn't require formal skills and experience. There are plenty of jobs available for those just starting out in the workforce, especially if they are willing to work minimum wage jobs in order to gain valuable work experience.

Most appropriate jobs for someone who hasn't worked before will require very little if any, experience. Employers of young job seekers are willing and accustomed to training their employees. In fact, training is usually part of the orientation program that employers provide to new hires. Here's some useful information on where to get hired, first job options, what you need to do to get hired, and how to find your first job.​

Where to Get Hired

There are two ways to get started when looking for Cardiff Jobs. Many young people start out with informal jobs like babysitting, pet sitting and mowing lawns. The best way to find a job like this is to check with your friends and family. Also, check with your school guidance office, coaches, trusted neighbours, and just about anyone else you know. The more people you ask, the better chance you will have of finding someone to hire you.

When you want to start getting formal work experience, the common industry sectors that hire workers without experience include hospitality, food service, retail sales, customer service and landscaping.

The peak season for hiring is the summer. If the summer job you land works out, you may be able to continue working part-time in autumn when you're back in school.

Another option would be to learn about and apply to student apprenticeship programs that may be available in your area.

What You Need to Get Hired

Do keep in mind that for some jobs and some jobs in certain locations require an employment certificate (also known as working papers) if you are under 18, as the employers would want proof that you are old enough to work.

First Job Options for Teens

Here is a sample list of titles for first jobs:

  • Activities Assistant
  • Babysitter
  • Barista 
  • Cashier 
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Cleaner
  • Counter Worker—Food Service
  • Crew Member
  • Customer Service
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Walker
  • Editing
  • Fast Food Worker
  • Food Prep Worker
  • Food Server
  • Food Service Worker 
  • Greeter
  • Grocery Clerk
  • Household Chores
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Kennel Assistant
  • Landscaper
  • Lawn Mower
  • Lifeguard
  • Merchandiser
  • Music Teacher for Young Children
  • Nursery Worker
  • Office Workers
  • Packing and Moving
  • Paper Delivery Person
  • Pet Sitter
  • Pizza Parlour
  • Programmer
  • Proof-reader
  • Receptionist
  • Restaurant Hostess/Host
  • Retail Store Sales Clerk
  • Server
  • Sports Coach
  • Football Referee for Juniors
  • Stock Clerk
  • Swim Instructor
  • Team Member
  • Ticket Taker
  • Tutor (in-person or online)
  • Waiter/Waitress

With a little initiative—and the willingness to work conscientiously at jobs that initially only pay minimum wage—you can begin to establish your reputation as a competent and dedicated employee while earning some extra money.

This work experience, as well as the positive references you can collect from employers who are satisfied by your performance, will help to ensure that future employers will be interested in you as an attractive job candidate.


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