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How Old You Have To Be To Get A Job

Teenagers are people who always need money to spend on themselves, or on their darlings, on a party or a trip, in a word - on anything.

They don’t want to ask again their parents for a new PS4, but all the friends and acquaintances have already bought even the newest collection of games! What do they do in this case?

The answer is clear – start searching for a place to work. Today, we will speak about age,

when young people can start working in the US, of course without breaking the law. Any type of work can be done only if it accords to Fair Labor Standard Act.

How old you must be to work legally?

14 and 15 years old children are able to work only for a limited period: 3 hours during one day, and not more than 18 hours a week during the school semester. Seems like not very much, right? but don’t be upset, because during holidays and summer vacation it is possible to work full day – 8 hours, which undoubtedly will increase your salary. Therefore during a week you will be able to work up to 40 hours, but there is an important thing you must know. There are some time limits: you can’t work later than 7 p.m. during the school year or later than 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day – a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. Don’t forget about overtime! You must be paid not less than 1, 5 times of your daily rate.

Young people, whose age is 16 or 17, can work without any restrictions. Unique thing you have to know is that hazardous and dangerous jobs, like operating of power-driven equipment, manufacturing explosives and other are prohibited for minors, who are under age 18. Sorry, no drilling or gold mining will be accessible. Many employers, who offer vacancies, linked to such type of jobs, hire only those applicants, whose age is 21 or more.

By the way, there are no age limits for children, who are hired as babysitters or are working as actors. Don’t forget that every state has its rights and for example in New York, young actors must obtain a special document - work permit. Besides this a parent or any responsible person must accompany young actor or actress permanently. In addition, child actors should hold a portion of their salary in a trust account, which cannot be used or accessed by them until 18 years.

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Fine, now you know which schedule is suitable for you. Next step is that you have to look for a job of your dream. Thanks to the Internet you can find different vacancies, starting with McDonalds, Burger King or KFC and finishing with working in AMC Entertainment projects. All depends on your skills and desire to learn something new. At the moment, there are dozens of websites where you can choose hundreds of vacancies. These sites below are quiet popular, so be free to choose one of them. To maximize quantity of accessible vacancies try using all the websites.

  • www.snagajob.com
  • www.us.jobrapido.com
  • www.indeed.com
  • www.adzuna.com

These web pages are intended to help young people in searching a job. Whether you are 16 or 23, you can find a good place for work, even if you have no experience at all. Almost all the professional areas are opened for you. Be ready that in some states you will need a work permit or age certificate, if you are less than 18 years old. These certificates are used as protection of an employer from prosecution, based on employing an under-aged worker. Don’t forget to visit department of labor of your state, where you will be able to find out specific information about documents you may need to get hired.

Tips and tricks for newbies

  • If you want to become more valuable for employer think about you CV. What skills do you have? Maybe you have some experience in cooking? Don’t forget to mention all your abilities.
  • Train your brain. Employers really appreciate when their workers understand them at a glance. You want to start working in a shop, where electronic equipment is being sold? Study this topic thoroughly in order to know how do they work, where are they used, how to take care about them.
  • Don't be “shackled” at the interview. Respond all the questions directly and clearly.
  • Set your schedule in such a way you won’t be late.
  • Manage you time correctly. If you want to become a valuable worker, you have to plan your working activity, so it will bring 100% benefit.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your new colleagues about something you don’t know. Sure, independence in working process is very good, but don’t be shy and ask for advice, if you have any doubts.
  • Take responsibility, but also be able to say “No”. It is a normal thing, when f your company is going to celebrate anniversary and you are asked to help with gift wrapping. Another thing is, for example, making a presentation for company partners. In such cases the response should be given in a gentle manner: “Unfortunately, I can’t help you with this. I’ve got to finish with monthly reports”.
  • Listen to managers attentively, sometimes their words sound weird, but don’t make rash conclusions and try to understand the main message.
  • Avoid conflicts! Do everything you can to make your colleagues and customers or clients happy. Your weapons are positive emotions and goodwill.
  • The last, but not the least – come with a solution, not with a problem. If you have faced something you didn’t experienced before try not to ask managers for a solution, but show your variants with such phrases as “I think we can do it this way…”, “I suppose the best way to resolve this problem is…”

It is not so hard to find a job, even if you are a schoolboy or a student, especially if you have some skills.

Use them wisely, prove to the employer that you are exactly the person who is worth hiring. Start with a job that isn’t so hard and doesn’t require all your forces, because main objective is studying. Be brave and don’t give up even if something doesn't work right away from the beginning. Gather knowledge and sharpen your skills, and in short time you will see how easy you cope with things, which seemed impossible in the beginning.

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