Getting a Part Time Job for High School Students, Part 1

When you don’t have work experience, it’s hard to know how to get a job. In part 1, Stever gives several tips on how to pursue and land a real job.

Stever Robbins,
March 13, 2012
Episode #212

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Tip #3: Present Yourself as a Valuable Asset

Even though you don't have much work experience, you presumably want to do a good job. If your research turned up specific ways you think you can help, highlight that. If nothing else, you're part of different communities than they are. You know how you and your friends think. If you were working at a deli that wasn't getting business from high school students, you might suggest, "I read you were trying to attract more high school students. My friends eat at Buzzy's Roast Beef because it's more convenient. Maybe you could run a shuttle van here and back at lunchtime, and give a discount to groups of 4 or more kids who come here for lunch?"

If nothing else, you can honestly say "I haven't had much experience, yet—but I'll work as hard as I possibly can to help the company succeed."

Tip #4: Sell!

One of the simplest ways to show that you're valuable is to bring in more business. If I could tell teenaged me one thing to do differently, I'd tell me to take a sales job for a year. No matter what job you eventually do, you'll either be selling a product or selling your ideas.

This may be a scary idea for some people, but you're young. Your mind hasn't yet been turned into a quivering mass of jelly by local news, political pundits, and abusive corporate bosses. You can jump in and get over your fears quickly.

Before approaching a business, think about ways to gather customers for them. Then if you want to be really ballsy, walk in with a dozen new customers. While the customers are shopping, ask to speak with the manager. Say, "I just brought you a dozen new customers. You can see them—I asked them all to wear spandex superhero costumes so you could spot them easily. Yeah, they do need to work out more. But all the money they save on not going to the gym, they're spending here! I'm looking for a job where I can bring in thousands of dollars in sales every week. Would you like to hire me?"


Hopefully, these tips will get you started on your part-time job hunt. Stay tuned for part 2, where we’ll continue to address this very-important topic.

I’m Stever Robbins. I help successful people in build exceptional lives, business, and careers by uncovering the forces keeping them stuck, and helping them find ways to change so they can pursue their dreams. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com.

Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!

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