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For some kids, the summer is a fun break between school time, and they are eager to put responsibility behind them, even for just a short while. For some though, this can be a time when they are looking towards making money to buy a car, get some of those material possessions they’ve been wanting but their parents won’t pay for. Some will use this time to get in valuable job experiences, so they can better prepare themselves for the future.

There are many ways to go about getting a summer job. Many young people want to jump into the workforce by applying at one of the fast food places in their local community. This is a great way to get some instant work experience, but you will also find out that they have a high turn over rate. This means that many employees pass through their doors, but few stay. Some find the high pressure associated with working at one of these establishments too much, others may have only wanted some quick cash to spend. Only very few use it as an opening for a higher position in the food service industry.

If you are interested in more of a career opportunity, there are many other options. There are many government funded programs for youths wanting valuable work experience, from working in an animal shelter to working in your local parks cleaning and maintaining grounds, as well as a wide array of other employment opportunities. You can do a little foot work and go to places you are interested in and apply in person, just make sure that you put exactly what you want to do in your application. Employers are looking for people who know what they want and what their good at, not just “ANY” will do. Go for a position you think you would be the best at. For example, if you are good in math, and doing numbers in your head, a cashiers position may be a good idea.

Even if you are just starting out in the workforce, a resume is a good idea. You can include a lot of different things that could be considered work experience if you think about it. If you seem to get stuck watching your younger siblings, you can use that as experience. Sit back and think about what all you do when watching them, do you have to give them breakfast, and get them ready in the morning? There is limited cooking skills, early child care and all kinds of other ideas. If you are thinking about this kind of employment, then a good idea would be to take some kind of CPR course if it isn’t already available in your school.

Some goes for house hold chores. If you are getting an allowance for doing your chores, this is valuable work experience. You can even use your mom and dad as a work referral, just talk about it with them first. Let’s say you mow the lawn every week. You could actually turn this into a full time lawn care business. There are many government grants available to help get you started in a number of different business ventures. The nice thing about using a grant is that the money never has to be re-payed, so if something happens you never have to worry about defaulting on a loan.

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