Tips from a business consultant for teens to get summer jobs

Tips from a business consultant to help teens land summer jobs and internships



AUDREY: THANK YOU BRIAN. YOUR TEEN OR TWEEN CAN LOOK FOR A JOB OR INTERNSHIP THIS SUMMER TO EARN EXTRA MONEY AND KEEP BUSY. BUT IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE WHAT JOBS ARE OPEN FOR THEM AND WHAT THEY SHOULD PUT ON THEIR APPLICATIONS AND CVs. OUR GUEST IS HERE TO HELP YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME PHILICIA CARTER-BLUE. SHE IS THE OWNER OF CARTER-BLUE SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS AND A MOTHER OF TWO VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL TEENAGERS WHO ALREADY HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESS. THEY ARE SO INSPIRING. PHILICIA, NICE TO HAVE YOU. PHILICIA: THANK YOU. AUDREY: YOU ARE WELCOME. WHAT TEENS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY START APPLYING FOR THE DREAM JOB OR INTERNSHIP? WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP? PHILICIA: THE FIRST STEP I WOULD SAY IS TO RESEARCH THEIR DREAM COMPANY, DREAM WORK, AND MAKE SURE IT IS SOMETHING THEY LIKE TO DO, SOMETHING EVEN IF THEY DON’T DON’T LIKE DOING IT NOW, SOMETHING THEY WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE SO THEY WANT TO GROW. ALSO, MAKE SURE THE ENVIRONMENT IS A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM. JUST DIFFERENT COMPANIES HAVE DIFFERENT VALUES. MAKE SURE THESE THINGS LINE UP WITH WHO THEY ARE, WHO THEY WANT TO BECOME. AUDREY: A LOT OF THESE JOB APPLICATIONS ASK FOR PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE. IT IS COMMON. HOW CAN TEENAGERS acquire work skills that they did not have in the past before getting their first job? PHILICIA: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MOST PEOPLE COME TO THIS WORLD WITH NATURAL ATTRIBUTES. SOME THINGS THEY CAN DO ARE SITTING WITH THEIR CLOSE FRIENDS, FAMILY, THE TEACHER TO FIND OUT WHAT THEIR QUALITIES ARE. SOMETIMES EVEN CHARACTER DEFECTS CAN BE GOOD THINGS DEPENDING ON THE ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE IN. A CHILD MAY BE LABELED AS HIGHLY TARGETED, BUT IN A SALES ENVIRONMENT, IT’S GREAT COMMUNICATION AND THEY HAVE PEOPLE SKILLS. GETTING STARTED AND FINDING PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM FEEDBACK ON THEIR ATTRIBUTES AND CORE X ARE SKILLS THEY CAN PUT ON THEIR CV. AUDREY: WHAT ELSE DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR FILLING OUT THE CV NOT TO LOOK AT THE BEAR BUT TO HIGHLIGHT THEIR QUALITIES AND THE SKILLS THEY WERE ABLE TO ACQUIRE? PHILICIA: ABSOLUTELY. SOME CHILDREN HAVE ACADEMIC OR COMPASS MINTZBERG GETTING INVOLVED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. THIS MAKES HIM A GREAT TEAM PLAYER. IF THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED OR HAVE NO ACCOMPANIMENT AT SCHOOL, THEY CAN VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL ORGANIZATION. THEY CAN VOLUNTEER AT HOME AND DO WORK. ALSO IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. TEENS CAN DEVELOP SKILLS TO PUT ON THE RESUME. AUDREY: GREAT TO HEAR THEM. WHAT ABOUT RESOURCES TO HELP TEENS BUILD THEIR CV IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT AT HOME ALSO WITH YOUR PARENTS AND FAMILY AND WHAT NO? ARE THERE OTHER RESOURCES THEY CAN USE IN? PHILICIA: ABSOLUTELY. THERE ARE SOME RESOURCES ON GOOGLE. THEY CAN GOOGLE SUMMARIZE FOR FREE. THERE’S ALSO PINTEREST, WHICH HAS TONS OF FREE TEMPLATES. WORD HAS A TEMPLATE THEY CAN USE. ALSO, ACTUALLY. IF THEY DO CONTINUE THIS WILL HELP BUILD THEIR CV BY ASKING THEM STEP BY STEP QUESTIONS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THAT WILL DEVELOP THEIR FIRST CV. AUDREY: WE SHOW PHOTOS OF YOUR GIRLS WITH THEIR BELONGINGS. FANTASTIC TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. HOW DO YOU INSTITUTE THAT DESIRE AND EXCITEMENT TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE AT A YOUNG AGE? PHILICIA: I ALWAYS START BY NOURISHING THEIR GIFTS, TALENTS AND NATURAL INTERESTS. THIS ALWAYS GATHERS THEIR INTEREST AND HELPS THEM TO CRY TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM — HELPS THEM PROSPER TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. I GIVE THEM FEEDBACK AND LISTEN TO THEM AND THE THINGS THEY DISLIKE AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THINGS TO BECOME BETTER ENTREPRENEURS. IT’S NOT EASY, BUT HARNESSING THEIR INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS AND TALENTS HELPS THEM ENGAGE AND GROW AND BE BETTER AT EVERYTHING THEY DO. AUDREY: HOW OLD ARE YOUR DAUGHTERS? PHILICIA: THEY ARE 13 AND 14 NOW. AUDREY: JUST IN THEIR EARLY TEENS. YOU STARTED THEM EARLY. PHILICIA: YES. THEY DEVELOP MANY SKILLS TO PUT ON THEIR CV, THAT THEY WANT TO CONTINUE – THAT THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE BUSINESS OWNERS, NETWORKING, MARKETING, BUSINESS SKILLS, ANALYTICAL SKILLS, AND THEY HAVE DEVELOPED THEM SIMPLY BY WORKING AND MANAGING THEIR OWN WORKDAY TODAY. AUDREY: WONDERFUL TO HEAR YOUR STORY. THANK YOU FOR JOIN US ON THIS CURRENT SUBJECT THIS MORNING. YOU CAN CONTACT PHILICIA A

Tips from a business consultant to help teens land summer jobs and internships

Mary H. Martino