Looking for a summer job? We rounded up some resources to help with your search!
  • Renee Ward, founder of, suggests networking with friends and relatives to find out if they know anyone who’s hiring.
  • Try youth programs, stores, child care and amusement parks.
  • Write a letter to potential employers after you apply as a recap of why you are qualified for the position.
  • James Pedderson of human resources consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas suggests looking around your neighborhood for mom-and-pop shops instead of large corporations where you can get lost in the shuffle.
  • One Summer Chicago is a city website that provides teens an outlet to search jobs that cater to their interests or summer activities that they can do to stay busy.
  • Matt Smith, director of communications for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, says to focus on the experience you’ll be getting and not so much how much money you’ll be making. When you’re looking at applying to jobs, make sure you are familiar with and have studied up on the company or organization. Also make sure to have all of your references and recommendations in order.
  • Teens can search and for jobs in their region.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor also has a summer jobs bank for young people.
  • Visit your local career center that the Department of Labor has set up in different areas around the country. Find your nearest one-stop career center here.
  • The College Board suggests you explain what you want to get out of a part-time job to your school counselor and he or she can help you pinpoint where to start your search.

 Have another tip that’s helped you snag a job? Share below in the comments, tweet it to us @MashChicago or post it on our Facebook wall!

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