Help wanted? Get your summer job search started

We’re a few weeks into spring, and it’s a good time to think about summer jobs.

Some teens may have good connections and something already lined up for them. Others may ask, “Where do I start?” This article is for the others.

The Balance, a financial advice website, suggests online resources such as SimplyHired, SnagAJob, and various Facebook groups for finding summer employment. The Balance also recommends popular sites such as Indeed and Monster, which have sections for teen jobs. The site also recommends inquiring at local places including amusement parks and state parks, or retail and hospitality businesses that hire seasonal workers.

The next step is filling out an application, a useful skill for teens to learn, even something that teachers should present in school, according to education magazine Scholastic. The publication encourages educators to have students fill out a sample job application, and ensure they know essential information to provide including a Social Security Number.

Teenagers who have not yet held a paying job can include volunteer work experience in their job application or resume. And if your search doesn’t yield employment, you should volunteer to gain some valuable experience and make connections.

If you’ve done well on the application, it will be time for an interview. SnagAJob has a few tips like dress professionally, be on time for the interview, learn about the company where you’re applying, and anticipate questions such as “Tell me about yourself” and “Why do you want to work here?”

If you’re hired, congratulations and work hard. If you don’t find something immediately, keep trying. Use methods like setting a goal of applying to a certain amount of jobs per day. Your diligence will pay off in the long run.