1 – Put together a RésuméCreate a résumé that shows employers your skills, past experience and accomplishments. To see what a good résumé should look like: Click here to download the sample.
2 – Get a Work Permit (if needed)If you’re between the ages of 14 and 17 and want to get a job in Maryland, you need to have a Minor Work Permit first. You can get a Minor Work Permit online through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing Regulation’s electronic work permit process. Click here for more information.
3 – Start SearchingNow you’re ready to look for a job! If you’re interested in working for the Department of Parks and Recreation, we’ve got lots of great job opportunities. To apply for Department of Parks and Recreation jobs, you must be at least 16 years of age. Check out current job postings.
Top Summer Jobs with the Department of Parks and RecreationAquatics: Jobs include lifeguards to pool managers, and customer service representatives. To learn more, download our Aquatics Employment Opportunities flier.
Day Camps and Playgrounds: Work as an aide at one of our summer day camps or playgrounds. For more information about these programs, click here.
Teen Performance Ensemble: Enjoy acting, singing or dancing? Audition to be a paid actor this summer in the Teen Performance Ensemble, our traveling theater group that performs at venues throughout the county. Auditions are in April, so be sure to contact Christel Stevens at 301-446-3238 by the end of March if you’re interested. Click here for more information.
Summer Jobs with Prince George’s CountyYou can also find summer jobs through the following programs:
4 – ApplyFill out and turn in your potential employer’s required application.
5 – InterviewBefore your job interview, make sure to check out the following tips (from jobsearch.about.com) on how to ace it:
1. What to wear
The most important rule for teen interviewing is to dress appropriately. Your clothing should be neat and tidy — think khakis and a polo shirt. Your shoes should be appropriate for the job you’re interviewing for, and you should avoid extreme hairstyles or colors. Also, keep makeup and perfume to a minimum. No jeans or shorts, no tank tops, crop tops, or anything especially low cut (shirt or pants) or too short (skirt or blouse) — keeping everything professional is a must.
2. Practice Interviewing
Review examples of interview questions and answers on the web, and practice your responses before you go. Ask a family member or friend to help you out by asking you some questions, so you can practice your answers.
3. Be Prepared
Don't just show up for the interview. The more information you have prepared in advance, the better impression you will make on the interviewer. Take the time to get working papers (if you need them) and references before you start looking for a job. Bring the following with you to the interview:
It's essential to have good manners when interviewing. Shake your interviewer's hand firmly and look him or her in the eye. Don't sit until you are invited to. Don't slouch in your chair. Don't use slang or swear. Be polite, positive, and professional throughout the interview.
5. Know Your Schedule
Know what days and hours you are available to work — the employer will ask. Flexibility is definitely an asset, because the more time you are available, the easier it is for the employer to set a work schedule. Also know how you are going to get to and from work, if you don't drive.
6. Be on Time
Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early. If you're not sure where to go, get directions and go on a trial run ahead of time. If you don't have a driver's license, make sure you have a ride.
7. Go on Your Own!
If your mom or dad takes you to an interview, don't bring them inside. Go by yourself. It's important that you speak for yourself and connect with the interviewer without someone else's assistance.
8. Send a Thank You Note
Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. If you have an e-mail address, send an e-mail thank you note. Otherwise, send a paper note thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Grammar and spelling count.