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How to Get a Job As a Teen - Step by Step Help


Building Skills

To compete in the job market, you need more than just good grades.  If you don't already have a variety of skills or experiences, there are steps you can take to add substance to your resume.

Sign up for Keytrain

Keytrain helps you study for the Career Readiness Certificate. This credential shows employers that you have the skills you need to be successful in the workplace. You will need to sign up for a free account through your local library.


Volunteering can really make you feel good. It will help you make connections that can lead to paying jobs later on. You will make new friends, and best of all, volunteer jobs are “real” jobs. They give you something you can put on a resume and references who can speak about your qualities as a worker. If you aren’t already volunteering—at your church, for a sports team, for a business or organization—start now. Just two volunteer hours a week can be your ticket to landing great paying job! 

Take free tutorials

The library offers free classes and online tutorials you can take using your home computer or the library workstations. Learn how to use all the Microsoft products or even Photoshop. > Careers and Training


Workshops & Classes @ Your Library

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Career Development

Career Information for Kids: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Kids Page - Gives information about different careers and their educational requirements.

Futures for Kids - Students can explore careers that match their unique talents and talk to a career coach. Educators can learn about their students' careers of interest.

My Next Move - an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.

Resume Examples

Many resume and cover letter templates are available in Microsoft Word. You'll find them under the File Tab, then click on New and then Templates.


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