Tips to get your teens out working this summer

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Want to help give your teens an edge on landing a job?  The competition during the summer months can be tough.  Have them well prepared with these tips:

1.  A well written, error free resume will make your teen stand out.  In addition have a separate sheet with references, include personal references of teachers or coaches if your student has limited work related references.  Include work ethic experience in volunteering, doing community service, participation on a sports team, and leadership in a school club or organization.

2.  Help prepare your teen for the all important interview.  Run through potential interview questions to get your child comfortable with some prepared responses.  Explain the importance of making a good impression, being clean, well spoken and have some knowledge about the company you are looking to work for.

3.  Always be arrive early to the interview.  Have your teen be aware of their body language by giving a firm hand shake, sitting up straight and avoid crossing their arms across their chest.  They should convey confidence by speaking in a strong voice, enthusiasm for the work they will be doing and a definite can do attitude that they can perform the job well.

Get those teens out working in a field that they may be interested in pursuing as a career.  Even if it is an unpaid internship.  It will help steer them in the right direction for hopefully a long, happy career.

Please share in the comments what job your teen plans to work over the summer.


The almighty Google has spoken

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It is not that important where you went to school, what your grades were or even if you know how to do the job, according to Laslo Bock, Head of HR for Google.  They are only indicators.  It really boils down to your resume.

The interesting article is titled “Google’s Head of HR: It Doesn’t Matter Where Candidates Went to College” on Entrepreneur’s website.  There are however four key qualities that Google seeks when hiring:

1.  Cognitive ability, or basic problem-solving skills

2.  Emergent leadership, meaning a willingness to step up and back as needed

3.  “Googleyness” — the company’s term for a cultural fit

4.  Intellectual humility

Many applicants have tried gimmicky strategies to get noticed but really, Bock says, “Just put your best work on your resume and we’ll take a look at it.”

Google has been named the “best place in the world to work” by GPTW.  Do you feel you work at the best place in the world?  If so, please comment about your workplace.