"You should start looking mid-April or at least from the beginning of May," suggests Gloria Offord, youth service coordinator for Rapides Parish Youth Empowerment Services.
But that doesn't mean it's too late to find summer work.However, the jobs to be had will go to those who go prepared as they look, she
"Actually doing a resume when you are in high school, sometimes that's a little much," Offord
does suggest teen job seekers take along a "cheat sheet" of information employers will want.Include references, any work experience and a list of academic skills that might be transferable to a job.For example, top grades in English might demonstrate good communication skills.
Classes in shop, keyboarding and computers might also indicate skills an employer seeks.
"Go by yourself," Offord
added."Don't take a friend."
Do take pens, pencils and your Social Security card.
"If you come prepared, the employer's going to see, 'You are prepared enough that I can train you to do the job,'" Offord
Dress neatly, but appropriately for the work, she
"A lot of times your jobs are open right then and there," Offord
Nearly 200 students participate in a Workforce Investment Act program during the school year, and about hundred of those will keep working through the summer, Offord