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When I was a teenager I had a job at a cafeteria one summer and at a bank another summer. At the bank I pretty much did busy work like filing things and such but at the cafeteria I actually had to work hard. Both jobs were minimum wage and interestingly, both jobs were found by my mom!

It is true that the economy and unemployment situation were admittedly much better when I was a teen so there were a lot more jobs out there. However, I don’t think that changes the fact that your parents have different connections than you do and they might be able to help you find work.

Summer is almost over and for anyone who never got hired it must be extremely frustrating. Looking for jobs for 16 year olds is the worst when every employer seems to want experience and you don’t have any because you are trying to find your first job! How can you ever get hired that first time? Ahh!

That is where your parents might come in. If you are lucky and have parents who care enough to help you, they might be able to ask their contacts and friends to see if they can find anyone who knows of some openings. If you get lucky, your Mom or Dad might be able to uncover a job opening that you would never have found yourself. You know how it works: they might know someone who knows someone who has something available that you can get hired for.

Going through your parents also does one other thing: it helps you with referrals. If your parents will vouch for you or know someone that can get you a job, you almost have an automatic “in”. That won’t necessarily mean that you will get the job but at least it will get you in the door for an interview or short meeting with a manager.

Don’t ever hesitate to ask your parents for help. That is what they are there for. They might not always know the answer or be able to help but you should ask them for assistance when you need it. Likewise, they might not be able to help you find a job but it doesn’t hurt to find out!