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If you are looking for summer jobs for 16 year olds, you have a couple of different options. Many teens get their first jobs by doing odd chores for people on their block or in their neighborhood. This type of work would be things like babysitting, weeding, window washing, pet sitting, and other things along those lines. None of these are real jobs but merely ways to earn extra spending money. Teens of almost any age can do this type of work if they can find someone who is willing to pay.

These kinds of neighborhood chores might be put on a resume for your first job but they are not as good work experience as getting a real job from a real company. Most prospective employers like to see some real work history where the teen had a real job. This would be a job where you had a work schedule, were required to show up on time, and performed the duties required. This is the type of job experience that you can only get from a real employer. 

If you are fortunate and are hired for a summer job with a company that would be a big step up from doing work for people in your neighborhood. Most companies that employ teens will be looking at 16 as the minimum age they are interested in. This is because it is around the age of 16 that kids start to mature and they can also drive at that age as well.

If you are 16 and get work this summer you will want to make sure you include it on your resume. Your parents will probably be able to help you with that. Your first job will ultimately help you get your second job when that time comes so it is important to do a act responsibly and work hard so you can get good references. 

One Comment

  1. Dawn says:

    This is a great article with plenty of good information. I’ll be sure to pass this on to my 16 year old son. He really wants to work over the summer, but has been having a hard time finding work.