In their eagerness for finding an after-school or summer job, many high school students often find themselves sounding desperate on their job applications. "Please hire me! I have no experience, and can only work ten hours a week, and I'll leave as soon as I get a better offer, but hire me anyway!"
One key way to set one's application apart is to supplement it with a well-thought out resume and cover letter.
Another way a high school student or recent graduate can help his/her application stand out is by submitting it in person directly to the manager, supervisor, owner, or person who makes the hiring decisions. It's important to wear clean clothes (preferably a collared shirt rather than a T-shirt), and to shake the person's hand, smile, and make good eye contact. Politeness and professionalism speaks volumes. By introducing him/herself, and thanking the potential employer for considering his/her application, the student will now have a face (and pleasant demeanor) to go with the application. When the employer considers applicants, he/she may remember that this student really went the extra mile to apply for the job.
In addition, here are some career and college readiness resources that Mountain Youth School students have found helpful:
Career and College Resources
Employment and Internship Opportunities
College and Financial Aid Resources
This information can be downloaded below in the document titled "Career and College Resources." A few sample resumes and templates for high school students can also be found below. NOTE: Click on the document title to view, or click the down arrow to the right to download.
For more information, call the Graduation Coach at (828) 837-6775.