We do judge a book by its cover!

Teens don’t always realize that even when applying for their first job, there are lots of things that should be considered. Below are the top indicators that an employer looks for during the hiring process:

Dress Code
If your teen has to visit the place of employment, even before the interview, make sure he or she is dressed for success! Remember, everyone pays attention, including employees that may be working at the time. Even if it’s just to pick up an application jeans and a clean shirt should be worn. Don’t roll up in PJs or right after practice! People are always paying attention.

When your teen goes for an interview, make sure he or she is dressed in his or her Sunday best. this means black or dark pants and a button down shirt. Stay away from clothes with writing on it, ripped clothing or dirty clothing. Make sure they are groomed and dressed neatly. Try to stay away from loud jewelry, strong perfumes and excessive make up.

This may seem like a lot on appearance, but you will never hear someone say the didn’t get the job because they were dressed professionally.

Being Prepared
Employers can tell if they are prepared or not. Have your teen create and bring a student resume as well as a filled-out application from the employer (most places require these). If you are able to, fill out the employer’s application before your interview.

Be sure to remember that word of mouth can be a reference. Especially if other peers of your teen work at this employer, it is important to consider actions not only in the place of potential employment, but at school, home and socially.

If your teen is required to send a list of references, ensure that he or she notifies each reference to ask them if it is okay to list them and the name of the employer that might be reaching out to them.

Last, be sure your teen sends a thank you note to each reference.

If your teen visits the place of employment during this process, ensure they are thoughtful. For example, don’t go during rush hour for their business and be polite to everyone. The employees will be sure to share how you acted towards them to their boss.

If these four areas are addressed during the process, your teen will knock it out of the park! Although some may take more time and effort than others, the payoff of having a good job with supportive fellow employees can kick-start a teen’s career and give them references for college (and even after college!) that they might not even need yet.