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How to find a part-time job as a high schooler

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Alejandro Fountain
As an employee in a moving company, Alejandro Fountain (’24) packs away all kinds of household items, ranging from a lamp to a refrigerator. Although he worked in the blazing heat for hours, he says that the payment in return was worth the effort.

“Things didn’t always go my way,” said Alejandro Fountain (‘24), who faced the rejection of dozens of companies before finally landing a job at Del Taco.  

Since 2000, the number of teenagers who have had a job during high school has dropped by 15%. A job is hard to come by as a student with limited availability and no experience. However, it’s not impossible with some persistence. 

First, determine what environment is best for you depending on your skills and preferences. For example, if you enjoy customer interaction, consider working in retail or as a restaurant server.  However, if you lack experience, having flexible standards and an open mind increases your chances of finding an employer.   

If you plan to work during the summer, be aware that many businesses have already maximized their workforce, as a surge of high school and college students with free time actively seek jobs. The process of applying can span several weeks, so the earlier you begin searching, the better. 

Alejandro found more success when he shared more information with companies. Create a resumé with your contact information, educational background, and a list of soft skills that showcase your work ethic, such as problem-solving. If you have never had a job, include volunteer work or extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership.    

Most companies either field applications on their website under a “Careers” tab or use job searching platforms like Indeed. The reality is, you will likely not hear back from the first place you look into, so don’t limit yourself to the number of positions you apply for. 

“Two weeks after applying, follow up with the employer to ask for an update,” Alejandro said. “Visit the place in person or call their number to ask if they’ve seen your application. If you put yourself out there and show enthusiasm, you’ll look diligent.”  

Employers interested in hiring you will schedule an interview to decide if you are suited for the job. Most companies ask, “Why do you want to work here?” and “What does your availability look like?” Do research in advance to learn more about the business’s needs and values.  

“It definitely took a while to finally find someone who would hire me. But once I had finally been offered a job, all my work became worth it,” Alejandro said.  

 

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Jovana Luna, Chief of Features
Whether it’s her closest friends or her fellow classmates, everyone who knows her agrees that Jovana Luna ('24) is an unforgettable presence on Webb’s campus. As a Feature editor of the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she is keen on improving the publication by expressing her creativity through multimedia endeavors on the WCC website. Beyond her academic pursuits, she possesses a musical flair and has mastered the electric guitar over five years to serenade her friends and neighbors alike with songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". She is an avid fan of classic rock and Taylor Swift, her favorite artist. Attending a Taylor Swift concert over the summer has only deepened Jovana’s love of her music after her amazing experience. Jovana has been an avid dancer for the entirety of her life and enjoys performing even at Webb. During the summer, she had a bustling schedule working at Coldstone Creamery, but she never forgot to walk her beloved dog, Apollo, every morning. Now that she’s back at school, Jovana's weekends are filled with quality time spent with friends as they hang out and talk together.   Song: Long Live - Taylor Swift
Olivia Cooke, Co-Editor of Culture and Lifetyle
Exemplifying a vibrant spirit, Olivia Cooke (‘24) enthusiastically indulges her multifaceted interests. With a soccer ball at her feet and a tennis racket in her hand, Olivia's passion for sports is unmistakable, whether she showcases her skills on the soccer field, the Webb soccer team, or the JV tennis court. Beyond the athletic arena, Olivia shines through her commitment to community service, driven by her mission to spread happiness and positivity. Olivia's passion for the thrill and chill extends beyond her love for Halloween movies and Stephen King's horror novels. This fascination can be seen in her love for crime documentaries, which provide her with insights into the legal system. Last year, Olivia joined the Webb debate team, showcasing her dedication to pursuing a career in law while combining her passion for horror and crime with her newfound interest in debate. As she lives with passion and a zest for exploration, Webb Canyon Chronicle provides her with a platform to express her voice and enrich the community with her dynamic perspectives.   Favorite song: Running with the Devil - Van Halen

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