Best Jobs for Teens

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Best Jobs for Teens
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As children become teenagers, they can find themselves in need of spending money. As a result, many look for work to help cover expenses. Given this is their first foray into the working world, they may be at a loss of what they can do. Susanna Cerasuolo, a college counselor with CollegeMapper.com in Seattle, shares her ideas for the best jobs for teens. Not only can teens earn some much-needed funds, they can also learn valuable life skills that will pay dividends long after the money is gone.

Love the Land
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Love the Land

Landscapers are always looking for workers to help get the job done. From mowing grass to raking leaves to planting spring flowers, the work goes on year-round. This job also comes with a number of life skills that every teen should learn. "You have to be responsible, reliable and manage your time well," Cerasuolo said. "You also have to be a hard, fast worker who can creatively and strategically solve problems."

Get Cooking
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Get Cooking

Fast-food establishments are always hiring teenagers to fill their work force. Because they work with teens, fast-food managers are accustomed to working with their schedules. They can be more understanding about school and extracurricular activities. Teens also will benefit from this experience. "You learn to work as part of a carefully orchestrated team," Cerasuolo said. "You also learn to deal properly with the public, the power of being polite and the importance of patience."

Go to the Movies
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Go to the Movies

Movie theaters are another teen-friendly employer. Given that nights and weekends are movie theaters' busiest times, working there meshes well with most teens' schedules. "You also learn teamwork and customer relations, which serve you well in every job," Cerasuolo said. As an added bonus, you'll get to see all the latest movies as soon as they are released.

Take to the Water
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Take to the Water

Teens love swimming in the pool or spending the day at the beach, so why not be a lifeguard? "The main benefits of life-guarding are the first aid skills and responsibility you learn," Cerasuolo said. "You learn to be authoritative and to make decisions under pressure." This can be a particularly good fit for those teens on swim or water polo teams.

Become Pet-Friendly
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Become Pet-Friendly

Does your teen love animals? If so, spread the word around the neighborhood that your teenager is looking for work as a dog walker or a pet sitter. "People are always grateful to know that their pets are well cared for," Cerasuolo said. "This job teaches you responsibility, excellent time management and communication skills." The bonus? Parents love knowing their teen is in the neighborhood.

Offer Tech Support
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Offer Tech Support

Teenagers today usually know a lot more about current electronics than their parents. Encourage them to capitalize on this knowledge by working as an in-home tech support person. "Your parents' friends and people in your neighborhood would be so grateful for your help," Cerasuolo said. "This will teach you communication skills, problem solving and reliability." In addition to computers, expand your service to include hooking up TVs, DVRs and DVD players.

Market Yourself
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Market Yourself

They are everywhere: Teens wearing sandwich boards promoting a local pizza joint, waving signs advertising a boutique sale or passing out coupons for the nearby jewelry store. But there are more ways a teenager can get into marketing. "Many small, local companies would love to promote their products and services in creative ways, so you can think up some methods and offer your services to local businesses as an advertising agent," Cerasuolo said.

Write It Up
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Write It Up

Does your teen have a way with the written word? If so, he should consider work as a blogger. Many businesses need interns and part-time workers to write and update their company blogs. "This teaches you to really work on your grammar and your voice," Cerasuolo said. Plus, you can learn or improve your skills on content management systems and even web design.

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