With summer coming and your wallet nearly empty, you may be thinking of getting a job. We have listed 101 summer jobs for teens that may be as rewarding in how you spend your time as they are in the money you can earn.
Even though the market seems limited for teenagers, it is actually thriving. Read on to learn more.
Summer is coming, and after the novelty and initial freedom wears off (and the money runs out), you may find yourself bored and poor.
Summer Jobs For Teens
Earning money is a great way to use your time and increase your funds. There are several reasons why you should earn money:
- Occupy your time productively
- Increase feelings of self-worth
- Develop your sense of responsibility
- Learn great working and earning ethics
- Learn to manage and budget money
Perhaps these reasons don’t sound persuasive enough for you to get a job.
But if you consider the following ways you can spend money, you may feel a little more motivated to earn it this summer.
- Theme parks/fun activities
- Electronics, toys, etc.
- Fast food runs
- New summer clothes
- DVDs and games
Summer jobs for teens may seem limited, but there are literally hundreds of great opportunities for teenage employment if you look in the right places. Consider the following 101 ideas that will either fit well for you or stimulate more creative ideas to fill your bank account. Keep in mind that some summer jobs for teens require a minimum age, while others aren’t restricted.
Your family might have opportunities for you to earn money. Talk with your parents and discuss available options.
1. Make Meals for the Family. Get paid to make meals during the week.
2. Do Extra Chores. Find extra jobs around the house that could lighten the burden on your parents. Maybe it’s dusting, or cleaning out the garage. You might even offer dish washing, toilet cleaning, vacuuming or folding clothes.
3. Family Business. Often, families have businesses with small tasks that take up time but are important to get done. If your family owns a business, ask if they need any help you can get paid for.
If you enjoy working in the yard, this may be the section for you.
4. Lawn Care. Mow the grass and trim the edges.
5. Plant Gardens. Till a neighbor’s garden and plant their choice of produce.
6. Weed Gardens. Offer to weed people’s gardens or flower beds on a regular basis.
7. Landscape. If you have an eye for design and enjoy creating gardens, this could be a fit.
Caring for Others
There are many opportunities to care for others in different ways. Contact the main caregivers and ask if they have any openings to assist with their responsibilities.
8. Babysitting. You can babysit your own siblings, cousins or neighbors.
9. Caring for the Elderly. The elderly may need someone to shop for them, clean their house or listen to their stories.
10. Caring for Someone With Special Needs. Whether they are four years old or 49, people with special needs want a pal. You may be assigned to go to a theme park, watch a movie or play a game with them since parents or caregivers don’t always have the time.
11. Pet Sitting. Take care of pets while the owners are on vacation.
12. Walking Dogs. Start a regular dog-walking service. Some people are too busy, while others might not be up to taking their dogs on walks.
13. Dog Wash. Set up a dog-wash concession with buckets, a hose and dog shampoo where people can bring their dog for a bath. As with any pet-related service, you should follow safety guidelines when handling pets so that you — and they — will stay safe.
Cleaning is an endless market. There are various opportunities in this industry.
14. Cleaning Houses. Offer single-room cleaning or entire house maintenance. You can include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping and cleaning bathrooms.
15. Washing Cars. Set up a car wash at your home, or apply at the local car wash.
16. Detailing Cars. Vacuum carpets and seats, clean surfaces and windows, and discard any garbage.
17. Washing Dishes. Some restaurants and college cafeterias need dish washers.
18. Cleaning Pools. Enlist with companies who professionally clean pools. They will train you to handle the cleaning chemicals safely.
19. Cleaning Windows. Businesses and homes are in the market for clean windows. Invest in a few cleaning tools and watch a couple of how-to videos on YouTube.
20. Cleaning Hotels. Apply at nearby hotels for housekeeping positions.
21. Work as a Janitor. There are many businesses and schools that hire teenagers to clean their buildings after hours.
If you are not sold on cleaning toilets but enjoy putting things in order, organizing may be for you. There are a variety of opportunities that fall under this category.
22. Organizing Houses. Organize single rooms or entire houses.
23. Organizing Basements or Attics. Attics and basements naturally accumulate junk just begging to be organized.
24. Moving Boxes and Other Stuff. Sometimes people need help rearranging their things, or moving boxes and totes from one location to another.
25. Organizing Garages. Offer to organize the garage so the owners can finally park their cars inside.
26. Organizing Papers. Paper clutter can be endlessly taxing. Offer to organize piles of paper into a filing cabinet so the owners can locate things with ease.
Selling or reselling something is a standard way of making money. Think of a unique and engaging way to present your product so that buyers want it.
27. Have a Yard Sale. Pull your old toys, books, electronics, and games out of your closets and sell them.
28. Organize Yard Sales. You can organize yard sales for other people. Offer your services to advertise and put up signs in exchange for payment.
29. Used Books. Sometimes you can get more for your books at a used book store, or by selling them online.
30. Used Clothing. Take your gently used clothing to a consignment shop.
31. Used Toys. There are kids’ stores that buy used toys. Collect the ones you don’t play with anymore and sell them. You can even sell some of your older electronic games online.
32. Lemonade or Refreshments. Drinks and refreshments at a soccer game hit the spot. Ask for permission from the people in charge of the games if you can earn a little money by selling snacks and lemonade.
33. Baked Goods or Crafts at Fairs or Farmers’ Markets. If you are good at baking treats or making crafts, you can arrange to sell them at fairs or farmers’ markets.
34. Ideas. You can sell any idea you can come up with. Sell your marketing strategies, stories that can be written, business ideas, website logos and games to play.
35. Antiques. There might be some antique items sitting around that you can get permission from your parents to sell on eBay. Also, watch for items you can buy at yard sales that might resell for a higher price online.
36. Products on eBay. You can sell anything from collectibles to electronics on eBay. Look around your house for things that might reap more money online than at a yard sale.
If you enjoy being outdoors, this category might suit you best. It’s great being outside, working the land and appreciating nature.
37. Camp Counselor. If you like working with kids, you can enjoy becoming a mentor, spending time managing campgrounds.
38. Lifeguard. Use your great swimming skills to help keep swimmers at the pools and beaches safe.
39. Fruit Picker. Picking fruit is seasonal but can reap great financial rewards.
40. Harvest Crops. Some farms hire summer help to maintain the fields and harvest the produce.
41. Construction Work. Construction companies will hire teenagers to do certain jobs, such as directing traffic.
42. Sign Spinner. If you don’t mind standing or dancing on a corner spinning a sign to grab the attention of drivers passing by, this is a good job for you.
43. National Parks. Living next to a national park can have an advantage. Watch for and inquire about job openings.
44. Tour Guide. Take advantage of any tour guide opportunities near you.
45. Amusement Parks. A great summer job is working at one of your favorite amusement parks. In addition to wages, you can sometimes get free entrance for the entire summer.
46. Aquariums. If you love working with sea animals, a job at an aquarium is a good match.
47. Zoos. You could work a variety of jobs at a zoo, ranging from ground maintenance to ticket taker.
48. Fair Worker. A fair is another classic summer job where you can enjoy working outside in a fun environment.
49. Paper Route. Newspaper delivery positions are still around, but you may need a car to do this job.
50. Referee. Being a referee is a great way of getting into the game without playing the game. It’s a nice way to get paid, too.
51. Sports Scorer. If you know something about how scoring and timing works as far as sports are concerned, this job might be a good fit for you.
Not everyone has the patience or skills to teach, but if you have a skill that you can teach, there are numerous opportunities. Give it a chance and see how you do.
52. Tutoring. If you are adept in math, science, English or another school subject, put your knowledge to good use and help a younger child.
53. Teach Piano Lessons. Don’t just play the piano, but get paid to teach the piano. You can set your own hours and pay rate.
54. Teach Other Instruments. Maybe you know how to play the drums, the violin, the saxophone or the cello. Teach someone else and enjoy the payback.
55. Dance Teacher. You don’t have to retire your ballet slippers. Keep other children on their toes teaching them the skills you sweated so hard to learn.
56. Swimming Instructor. Maybe you were on the swim team, or you’re as comfortable in the water like a fish. Put your swimmer’s experience back in the water and earn a little money.
57. Art Teacher. Drawing and painting may not be the only thing you’re good at. Teach someone else your art and your perspective.
58. Singing Teacher. Share your vocal expertise with hopeful singers.
59. Riding Instructor. If you know horses, check with the local stables about applying for an instructor job.
60. Yoga. Once you know the art of yoga, you may feel a desire to share its benefits with others.
Take your talents up a notch and get paid for what you love to do.
61. Singer. Sing for weddings, plays, operas or other local events. A few summer productions might even take place under the stars.
62. Bands. Join a band, singing or playing your favorite instrument. You can even pull your own band together if you know a few other musicians.
63. Pianist for Events. Play for weddings or parties that appreciate quality music.
64. Accompanist. Choirs and soloists need accompanists, as well as singers auditioning for productions.
65. Organist. Not a lot of people know how to play the organ. Some churches may be looking for summer organists.
66. Dancer. Keep your dancing feet moving and audition for local professional productions.
67. Magician. If you can make a silver coin disappear behind someone’s ear, perhaps you can make money appear in your own wallet. Solicit your skills and perform at parties and fun events.
68. Pit Orchestra. Professional orchestras or community theaters could benefit from your musical abilities, and you can make a few dollars while you’re at it.
69. Actor. Look for the paid jobs with professional productions and theaters.
70. Princess/Prince and Character Parties. Get paid to dress and act like Jack Sparrow, Prince Charming, Cinderella or Elsa.
71. YouTube. Set the computer screen as your stage and earn money by going viral. It may be worth the effort to see where your talents take you.
72. Public Speaker. What message do you have deep within your heart? Get paid to share it with others.
If you have a talent or ability, you can get paid to share it. Think about the things you are good at, and figure out a way to help solve a problem or satisfy a need.
73. Delivery Service and Running Errands. Deliver the mail, shop for groceries or pick up the dry cleaning for an overwhelmed mother, an engrossed business owner or an elderly person.
74. Caring for Plants or Yards While People are on Vacation. Take care of plants and water the yard while the homeowners are on a summer trip.
75. Watching Houses While People are on Vacation. Watch a neighbor or friend’s house so the family can go on their trip with peace of mind.
76. Altering or Sewing. Sew on buttons, alter suits or mend a torn outfit.
77. Photographer. Do photoshoots for families and weddings.
78. Home Interior Design. Help someone redecorate their home.
79. Design Business Cards. Design flashy or modest business cards for businesses.
80. DVD and CD Rental Service. Collect all your movies and music, and set up a rental service.
81. Paint Rooms. Solicit to repaint that dreary kitchen or that outdated living room.
82. Makeup and Hairstyling. Offer your skills for new brides.
83. Create T-shirt Designs. Contact T-shirt companies and sell your artwork.
84. Create Portraits for People and Animals. Use your skills to create artistic memories of loved ones and special pets.
If you are good at writing, put your pen to the paper or your fingers to the keyboard, and turn your writings into wages.
85. Articles and Stories. Submit your articles or stories to magazines.
86. Blogs. Write for bloggers and get paid.
87. Author. Write your own book.
88. Proofreader. Charge others to proofread and edit their essays, articles, term papers and books.
89. Write Songs. If you have a musical inclination, put your words to music and sell them.
90. Quotes. Create zany, witty, funny and thoughtful quotes for others to buy.
91. Computer Support. Offer to train or assist people who are not computer savvy.
92. Computer Repair. If computer repair is something you do well, offer help to others.
93. Graphic Designer. Use your creative skills to design flyers, book covers or websites.
94. Social Media Marketing. Do more than post to your friends. Use your social media skills to help businesses with their marketing.
Working for Local Businesses
Respecting customers you serve or the people you work for is a great quality to develop. Here are some of the requirements that may be expected of you if you get a job working for these types of businesses.
95. Grocery Stores. Bag groceries ring up orders and stock shelves.
96. Movie Theaters. Sell popcorn and drinks, take tickets and clean the theater.
97. Restaurants. Serve as a host or waiter/waitress.
98. Gas Stations. Watch over the register, stock shelves, sell gas and in-store products.
99. Retail. Organize shelves, create displays and sell products.
100. Fast Food. Take orders, clean up the dining area and prepare food.
101. Receptionist. Answer phones, take messages, greet customers or clients and organize files.
Now you have a lot of choices for summer jobs for teens.
Don’t sit around and watch the days pass by, ending the summer with nothing to show for it. Find a job that you love doing and enjoy earning money along the way. You may even have some money left over for new school clothes.
College, with its intensive academic environment and significant expenses, is not for everyone. But what can you do if you don’t attend college? We show you 8 alternatives to college in this article.
There are many alternatives to college that can still land you a good job in the future. See which one can help you develop as a person and as an employee after high school.
Many people finish high school without a desire to go to college. This is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about.
Modern society makes attending college appear like a social norm when, in reality, there are many people employed in numerous, unique, fulfilling jobs without holding college degrees.
How can you be one of those people, and how can you use your time after high school pursuing alternatives to college that can still land you a good job down the road? In this article, we will answer these questions and show how the answer is easier than you think.
8 Alternatives to College
Why You Don’t Need to Attend College
There are many different types of people in this world. Some thrive in an academic setting and are ready for the intensive, structured four years of college. Others do not learn as well in a classroom setting and cringe at the idea of four more years of school. Some common reasons people choose not to attend college include the following:
- They cannot afford the often-significant financial commitment.
- They may not know what they want to study.
- They are needed at home.
- They don’t feel ready for intensive courses.
- They have a family to support.
- They learn better outside of a classroom environment.
You may have similar or different reasons for choosing not to attend college. However, no matter the reason, it is still possible to have a productive lifestyle after high school.
Some advantages of alternative options include avoiding student debt, gaining practical skills and developing an understanding of what you love to do. While the path may not seem as straightforward as classmates going off to college, it is still a path you can take towards launching a successful career. Save money and stress by considering if any of the following alternative options are right for you.
Volunteer with an Organization
There are many volunteer organizations willing to take on individuals without a college degree. The competitiveness and application process vary by organization, so take some time to research each one individually.
Some examples of volunteer organizations include the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, WOOF and Help X. It is also possible to volunteer at companies and locations such as the nearby hospital or homeless shelter. These experiences help you develop as a person and let you interact with the surrounding world in a meaningful way.
Depending on the organization, volunteering can be a way to see more of the world as well. As a volunteer, you probably won’t be paid, but you can often earn room and board. In addition, you may develop connections or deepen interests that lead to a future career.
Join the Military
It is possible to join the military immediately after high school. This is a good option for students who wish to be part of a disciplined environment and develop field-specific skills at the same time.
Military life can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. Contact a recruiter and explore the different branches, such as the Army, Navy or Marines, to see if anyone of them is right for you. Committing to the military for a period of time can also provide opportunities for advancement, and some branches will help fund future education endeavors if you want to go to school later.
Freelance from Home
With the rapid expansion of the internet and technology, it is possible to find an online job. This allows you to work from home or from anywhere in the world. Common freelance jobs include writing, programming, and social media marketing.
When selecting an online job, keep a critical eye out for scams. A good way to evaluate a freelance job opportunity is to read reviews of the company from previous employees. There are many excellent opportunities for those able to practice self-discipline when developing a work-from-home schedule.
Freelancing is a great way to enforce practical skills and develop a portfolio that you can present to a potential employer in the future.
Find a Job
It sounds simple but getting a basic job in your hometown is a good way to spend a year or two after high school. This may include working at a restaurant, in a bakery, at a bookstore or in a hotel.
Working at a job develops practical skills and afterward shows skills of commitment and dedication on your resume that will impress future employers. Trying out different job fields helps you determine what you do and do not enjoy doing. It is also a way to save up some money in case you want to go to college in the future or train in a certain field.
Finally, having a job will help you develop an understanding of how a business works, which in turn may inspire you to start your own business.
Attend a Trade School
Attending trade school is an excellent way to learn practical skills that help you get well-paying jobs that are often in high demand. For example, you can attend trade school and learn how to be a carpenter, mechanic, electrician or plumber.
The world currently relies on indoor plumbing and automobiles. Having the skills to keep the world running is extremely beneficial and useful. You can also attend other types of skill-specific schools to become, for example, a commercial pilot or police officer. These jobs do not require college degrees, but they are still important and often fulfilling.
Register for Online Courses
Perhaps you do not work well in a classroom setting, but you still want to earn a degree or at least a professional certification in a field of study. There are numerous online courses and colleges that help you earn a degree at a cost far lower than a typical four-year university.
With these courses, you can create your own schedule and can work at a pace suitable for your learning ability. You can work or contribute to family life while also being a student.
For example, you can take courses in programming or coding, which could lead into either an online or in-office programming position, both of which are well paid. You can also take courses that prepare you for a nursing national licensing test. The more you search for online course options, the more you realize how vast alternative opportunities are.
Travel the World
In the years between finishing high school and starting a career, you may have the freedom to travel and see some more of the world. This is not always a financially feasible option for everyone. However, if it is possible for you, travel and see more of the world and your own country.
It is a great way to develop as person and gain a new perspective on how the world functions. While traveling, you may be exposed to careers that you did not even know existed. Encounters such as these may help you determine what career you wish to pursue.
Network in Your Community
Networking is sometimes a more important factor in obtaining a job than an actual field-specific degree. Make a list of people you know who are currently working. Also, consider friends of the family.
Even if they are in jobs that require a college degree, reach out to those in careers that interest you and ask about a potential internship or volunteer program. Networking often yields better results than trying to send in applications through online portals. An internship is usually paid and is a way to develop career-specific skills. If you work hard and show enough grit and learning capabilities, such an intern position could shift into a full-time career. In the least, it helps you narrow down the list of career options you do or do not enjoy.
Further Advice on Using Time Not Spent in College
Recognize that everything you do shapes you as a person. During your time after high school, take time to read books, listen to the news and engage in stimulating conversations. Just because you are not in college does not mean you cannot follow the intellectual conversations of our day and age.
It is important to understand the perspectives of others and how the world functions. Our lives are more than our work alone. It is important to work towards a career, but it is also important to develop as a world citizen.
Only when you realize that the work you do is contributing to making the world a better place, whether that is as the secretary who makes someone smile or the dental hygienist who brightens someone’s smile, will you engage in a career that is fulfilling and enjoyable.
As you can see, there are many ways to pursue a career without following the traditional four-year college degree track. Use this time after high school to meet new people and develop connections with those engaged in careers you find interesting. Anything that provides concrete experiences and opportunities to develop practical skills is an excellent way to prepare for a future career.
With the changing waves in marketing, new job titles, such as social media manager, have begun to appear on job boards around the world. Here, you will find what exactly it is that a social media manager does and how that can positively affect your business.
Marketing for businesses is an ever-changing matter, and in its flux, many new job titles have appeared on job boards everywhere. With the advent of the internet, the globalization of the world has forever changed the realm of marketing.
As the number of online interactions increases, whether personal or professional, the marketing professional must now digitize and grow roots in the network. This is in order to maximize customer outreach and brand awareness. Accordingly, this is the job of the social media manager, digital marketing manager, community manager, content marketing manager, or customer experience manager.
These are different names for the same role, which embodies creating customers out of the people who like, favorite, and follow your brand.
Your company will quickly garner more attention simply because it has an established place with online real estate.
By providing a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page, you and your audience can connect with each other. You can use this extension of your business in any way that you choose.
You can share simple but informative topics related to your company or to actively engage with your audience. A well-received online presence can increase your company’s reputation both on and offline. Thus helping you increase the return on your investment.
Essential Duties of the Social Media Manager
The social media manager can adapt to fit many different situations in order to benefit your company.
An excellent social media manager will be able to navigate his or her way through traditional marketing tactics and can work alongside your public relations team to paint your company in its best light.
With strategic blog posts intended to increase the content’s likelihood of attracting Google’s search algorithm and other similar social media efforts, the social media manager can generate more traffic to your company’s website.
This, in turn, increases potential customers and can even help to retain your company’s existing client base. As your company’s audience begins to grow, a positive online presence can give each customer access to express their gratitude or even concerns for something your company has done.
While it obviously isn’t great to have negative reviews online, a social media manager can seek out negative views in order to neutralize that situation. Effectively, this can turn a negative customer experience into a positive one. Also, that potentially lost customer may now reconsider, even if they don’t return to your company right away.
In this way, a positive online presence can lead to a desirable reputation online as well as in the unplugged world.
The social media manager’s job is not only to make posts on social media websites on behalf of your company. Though this is part of the job description, the role at its core is something more.
It’s likely that your company generates content for its products, or that you wish to create fresh content for the products and services that your company has to offer.
The social media manager takes existing content, as well as generates new material. They then help to put the content into the hands of your customers.
Work with your social media manager on a plan to track progress. It might be any increases in your company website’s traffic, or fluctuations in online rating systems such as Yelp, if applicable to your business.
This ensures that your social media manager is providing you with a valuable return on your investment.
A well-trained and sharp social media manager will undoubtedly drive your company’s business forward as more and more people take to the web in order to make purchases and otherwise interact with companies both big and small.
Your social media manager will guarantee that the content the customer has access to leads them to take the necessary steps to resolve their issue or complete the task at hand. This may range from guiding newcomers through the ins and outs of your business to making certain to respond to a concern that a customer voiced on your Facebook page.
In this regard, your social media manager can also take on an online customer service role if it becomes necessary.
While this isn’t always the best approach for the position, it can absolutely affect the reactions of customers if done correctly. One resolution can grow to create potential fans and customers. You should also work with the person in this position to create a publishing schedule that is adhered to rigorously. Your posts should also intertwine with your current marketing campaign.
Other Responsibilities of Social Media Managers
- Brand Awareness - Social media managers help to get the name of your company or business recognized. In this way, your customer base can grow as your audience becomes more educated on what it is that your company does and why you do it. People love to know who is behind their favorite products. Your social media manager can help get your vision and beliefs out into the world.
- Setting Campaign Goals - Of course, the social media manager will be highly active in the execution of these campaigns. Along the way, they will track the campaign’s progress and take steps to correct issues. Some issues may be a decrease in traffic to your website, declining customer retention, or poor sales if they happen to arise.
- Identifying Target Customers - Your social media manager will interface with your client base on a daily basis. In this way, they will get to know who uses your products on a fairly intimate level. This helps create a focus on your marketing campaigns and also helps your social media manager generate content. You will then be able to target more people like your existing customers in order to grow your audience.
- Strategizing - The role of social media manager hinges on strategy, and yours can formulate plans. These may range from finding ways to have your products recognized for their worth versus investment cost, to creating content to help keep your customers, who may not be in the market, involved and connected with your business.
Converting - Another vital responsibility of the position is converting those who know your business and are aware of your brand into loyal returning customers.
- Monitoring Return on Investment - Working with a social media manager gives you more direct access to how the average person perceives your company. He or she can compile data, such as audience growth, and engagement by type of content released. Customer feedback is also important to help hone in on the things that are going right in your marketing campaign. It can also show things that can use tweaking.
An applicant with a degree in marketing certainly wouldn’t be frowned upon and may have a higher standing. However, those without a marketing degree are still qualified for the position with certain experiences in lieu of the degree. These experiences can also vary greatly in nature.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Search Engine Optimization. This helps to find precisely what needs to appear in the content that they put online.
Whether it is in a Twitter thread or responding to a customer’s comment, the social media manager needs to be razor sharp. They should have all the right words when they put their fingers to the keyboard, their thumbs to glass.
Your social media manager should be well versed in the language of your company. From the tone of the words to the style in which they are written.
An outstanding social media manager can be the voice of your company without speaking a word. They should also know that the way in which something is said is just as important as its meaning.
At the heart of it, however, the social media manager must have a deep connection with multiple social media platforms. From WordPress to Facebook, your candidate should know the ins and outs of the site. They should be able to tell you how you can use each separate site’s unique base of users to your company’s marketing advantage.
Hiring a social media manager
For most modern businesses, taking on a social media manager is a necessary step. It helps them move forward with the hyperconnectivity of today’s market.
The online health of your company may be on the line if you don’t establish a wide and well-received online presence. Don’t let your company fall behind in the coming wave of marketing changes. Moreover, you need to prepare your business to receive customers on the internet.
You might get stuck in a recursive discussion about the value of face-to-face interactions. However, while these types of interactions are important in people’s lives when they choose to plug in, all they will have is the immediate experience that your business’s online presence has to offer.
Your best bet is to cast as wide of a net as possible. However, do not overreach into territories where your business does not really belong. This will help to keep your company’s profile in the most positive light to newcomers. It will also provide a great experience for loyal customers as well.
If you have ever been in the job market, then you know there are a lot of tips and tricks for nailing your dream job. This guide will help you figure out how to check on the status of your application without missing your chances. We’ll teach you how to follow up on a job application.
Following up on a job application is one step in the process that employees usually overlook.
Tips on How to Follow up on a Job Application
Job-hunting is the cause of stress for potential employees everywhere. Just the thought of the process can be overwhelming.
If the job search itself isn’t bad enough, next is the application process. Writing resumes and cover letters take up a lot of your time and once you submit them, you have to hope that you made the best impression possible. For many, this is the hardest part of the procedure! What do you do with that time on your hands?
While waiting patiently is a part of the game, you do not have to be completely passive. In fact, most hiring managers appreciate someone who takes initiative to reach out.
Don’t hover over your phone in hopes that someone is going to call. You can follow up on your application! However, before you pick up your phone, we have put together this guide to help you learn how to follow up on a job application. We will even help you if you snag the interview.
When Should You Follow Up?
This is the first major question that future employees have. How soon is too soon and how late is too late? There is a careful balance that you have to keep, but you shouldn’t worry because most hiring managers will give you the same timeline.
They will tell you that anything sooner than a week is unacceptable. They will not have any time to look over your application and might decide to put your resume back in the bottom of the pile.
Likewise, you don’t want to wait too long. Employers might take this as a sign of disinterest. Experts say no more than three weeks after you submit your resume, you should check on its status. Now, the only exception is if the job description explicitly tells you not to follow up on an application or gives you clear instructions on when to do so.
Once you know that you should follow up, here is how you should do it.
Connections are one of the most valuable resources you can have. If you have friends or family working for the company, this is when you should use them. Ask your connection to put in a good word for you or to ask about your resume with the hiring manager. These connections can sometimes push things along a little faster.
Write a Follow-up Email
Email is the best way to contact a potential employer. In fact, the majority of hiring managers prefer it to a telephone call. So, wait about a week or two and send them a concise email. It should express your interest in the company. Be sure to ask if the company needs any more information to further the application process. You can also leave your LinkedIn profile if you think that it would benefit you.
Make a Phone Call
Do not make the phone call right away! If you don’t hear back after the email, wait about a week before you call the hiring manager. Your introduction should be simple and brief. Tell the hiring manager your name and when you sent your resume in. Make it clear that you are only checking to make sure that he or she received your application and to remind them that you are still interested in the position.
Do Not Overdo It
One call is enough! Unless the hiring manager told you that you would hear from him or her before a certain date and that deadline has passed, you have no reason to call them again.
This is when you have to accept that there is usually a waiting period. Of course, there will be times where they may not be interested and you have to accept it. Move onto the next opportunity and don’t let the rejection get you down. What you never want to do, however, is call every day to harass the hiring manager. Never show up at their building; this can ruin your chances.
While these tips will help you in advance, before the interview, this is not the only part of the job hunt that requires you to follow up. If these tips help you snag that interview, then you are going to want to reach out one last time when you are finished.
Usually, you will do this with a thank you letter. Despite how simple it sounds, many employees decide against sending one because they don’t know what to say. We have a few tips for you post-interview too.
Interview Thank You Letter Tips
Send It Right Away
Never procrastinate on the thank you letter! You may think that it is more important to plan what you’re going to say to make the best impression, but speed matters.
You don’t have to do it right away, although within 24 hours is the safest bet. Never wait over three days. Even if you are struggling, don’t cast off the thank you letter. You need to sit down and force yourself to write something.
While you should always be professional, add a personal touch to your thank you letter.
For instance, in some interview settings, you’ll meet multiple people. Send each one of these people a personalized thank you. Also, be specific about your experience in the interview room. Did you share any skillsets with the interviewer? Did you have similar interests? Let them know that they made an impression on you.
Many potential employees make the mistake of being too formal in their letter. They look for a template, follow it down to the last letter and submit it without consideration. Templates are great for inspiration and help. Still, make sure to add that personal touch and change up the format a little. Standard thank you notes are obvious and if there isn’t any sign of your personality, it might not look like you care.
Be careful not to sound bored in your thank you letter. Enthusiasm and interest are usually what the boss is going to be looking for. Stress how enthusiastic you are about the possibility of working with the company. Take some time to share some positive details you learned during the interview or while you were researching. Remind the employer how much you want this job.
Briefly Discuss Qualifications
You don’t want to take too long to describe your qualifications. If it feels redundant to you then we can guarantee it will feel redundant for them. What you should do is consider weak points in the interview or any questions they had about your qualifications. You can briefly cover these in your letter. Make your case, but don’t come on too strong.
Add Important Points You Missed
This isn’t a place to reiterate your resume or to transcribe the interview. However, you do want to go over some of the points that you might not have gotten to in the interview. Under a lot of stress, you might leave out key details or remember something later that you feel like would have made the interview stronger. You can add additional points while mentioning your qualifications.
Keep It Short
Do not get caught up in thinking you have a lot to cover. Brief and concise is always better than running on for too long. About four paragraphs or one page should suffice. Try not to venture past the one-page mark.
Remember to Proofread
Once you have written a draft of your letter, come back to it later to edit it. This will ensure that you have fresh eyes to look at the page. Read it aloud to make sure it flows correctly and that there aren’t any mistakes. Final impressions are important too!
The interview thank you letter isn’t the stressful part of the process! You already went through the interview; you should have everything you need to construct the perfect letter. This is about reinforcing why you think you are a good fit and reminding your future employer why he or she should hire you. In addition, it shows consideration for the time that they took to interview you.
Why Follow Up?
Some companies will see several interviewers in one day. Many may even have the same qualifications. Most employers look for enthusiastic employees because someone who is interested in the job is going to want to stick around and move up within the company.
When you do not follow up on your application, it gives the wrong impression.
Hiring managers know that most people fill out several applications when they are on a job search. They don’t want the employees who looked at them as their last resort. A follow up says you’re thinking about the job and that you have a legitimate interest.
The best tip is to make sure that you always follow up! Just make sure that you remain personal, formal and never harass your future employer.
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According to a recent editorial written by Lou Adler, a performance based recruiting company CEO, the times and major recruiting ideas which drive the field are changing. Due to better and smarter technology, we are expected to see a digitalized revolution in the field of human resources take place within the next 5 years, comparable with the driverless taxi service idea which is also becoming more and more popular. In short, recruiting managers will cease to be needed or their role will drastically change, he argues, as the world of HR is headed towards a complete 21st century reorganization.
Why is a disruption so probable, anyway? Many of us may wonder that, especially considering that the current perspective tends to see things as going just fine, even if certain aspects could run smoother, as there is always room to improve. Here are the main reasons, as argued by Lou Adler, on why a radical change in the practice seem to be imminent.
- The current tools used in the business don’t really manage to improve the quality of the hiring services, neither for the employers or the candidates. Instead, they just make job matching very easy, but not necessarily very helpful (the matches will be rejected in an overwhelming proportion).
- The current recruiting ideas seem to operate on an assumption of surplus talent in most given work fields; and as a consequence the models fail when that surplus of talent doesn’t really exist in reality.
- Most candidates (over 80%, according to official data) aren’t really looking to change jobs, but simply survey the market. Currently, companies are spending too much time trying to recruit the other 10-20%, but these efforts could be better channelled to offer all candidates better matches and job prospects, whether they are open to a job change from the start or not.
- A typical corporate hiring manager needs to handle way too many requisitions at the current time, in order to be able to properly source and recruit hidden gems lying within the bottom layer of passive job candidates.
The Top Radically New Recruiting Ideas to Consider
Here is how you can contribute to make your own hiring patterns smarter and to making sure you end up on the right side of the divide when the old HR system will become obsolete. If you only consider applying a few new wave recruiting ideas, let it be some of these ones:
- Eliminate old format job postings and define jobs as consecutive building blocks of aptitudes, skills to be acquired, experience to be gained and extra benefits to be obtained. If the candidate sees a well-defined career path and change suggestions set out before him, detailing what his next career development moves should be, he or she would be more motivated to better themselves and follow them. A career path should be a unified and consistent system of achievements waiting to be unlocked, rather than just a switch from one job to another.
- Be willing to customize job descriptions in real time. Instead of the hiring manager trying to bend and force candidates in order to fit the narrow job description better, they should try to mix and match the job description blocks in order to fit them better into the unique range of skills the candidate displays. Even if a particular side of the job is left aside, it can be easily included in the array of requirements of a different but similar job, rather than risking losing a valuable talent just because you couldn’t adapt to their particularities more efficiently.
- Less focus should be put on networking: the job seeking through networking system is throwing favours left and right in an unfair way. If the new recruiting ideas are applied into creating some smarter digital systems, the need for networking will happily disappear and the right jobs will be pushed in front of the right candidates. This will probably be accomplished by directly searching through their number of both direct and secondary connections.
- Distinguishing between short-term and long-term jobs is a must in building these hiring practices. Valuable long-term positions open to true talent should remain more like long-term objectives where the HR manager should have in mind, and even help build the ideal candidates for them through subsequent matches between those potential candidates and other intermediary positions. Short term positions, on the other hand, can be managed just with the help of the old-style job boards, in order to help these tools maintain at least some functionality in the new order of things.
What These Changes Will Mean for the HR Industry
The most obvious change, which many people currently involved in this field dread and will probably attempt to resist, is that the usual tasks and services of a hiring manager will no longer be required. Still, this doesn’t have to imply a complete automatization and a dramatic joblessness for these professionals. The ideal upturn is that the former recruitment managers will instead help the candidates navigate through the building-block unlockable achievement system and serve as career advisors and coaches instead. That does not sound bad at all, either for the HR workers or the overall field, and since it’s basically a win-win situation, it has all the more chances of coming to fruition sooner rather than later. By adapting some of these recruiting ideas now, in the best way you can in your own business, you can contribute to the change and increase your own relevance and adequacy as a business, at the same time.
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