It can be hard to find a job. In fact, teenagers have a really high unemployment rate when you are in high school and haven't worked much - or at all. In fact, teenagers have a really high unemployment rate. However, there are things you can do to help yourself get hired and help get your application noticed in case you're a high school student looking for a job. Don't Be Shy. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a job. Many jobs aren't advertised and you may be able to get a good job lead from a friend or family member. Start Close to Home. One good way to get experience when you are a high school student is to start by working for friends and neighbors. Babysitting, mowing lawns, landscaping, shoveling snow, and pet sitting all can be included on your resume.  The people you work for will be able to give you a reference when you apply for other jobs in addition to this. Keep an Open Mind. Don't limit yourself to certain types of jobs. This is a tough market and you may not be able to find a job doing what you want to do.

Job search tips for high school students

Keep an open mind when it comes to what you'll do to earn a paycheck in case you need a paycheck. The more opportunities you'll be able to apply for, the more flexibility you have. Plus, it may turn out to be better than you expected even in case the job wasn't your first choice. There are only certain jobs you can do and hours you can work, depending on how old you are. Check the Child Labor Law (you count as a child if you're under 18 when it comes to working) regulations to see how they apply to you. The minimum age you can work at paid non-agricultural employment is 14. Get Working Papers. Workers under eighteen may need to obtain working papers that are officially called Employment/Age Certificates) in order to legally be able to work in some cases. Here's more on working papers and where to get them. A resume, can help you stand out from the competition even though it may not be required by employers.  A resume shows that you're serious about your job search even though you may not have much information to include. Check With the Guidance Office. Your High School Guidance Office staff should be able to help you with job listings and job search advice. There may be a bulletin board with job postings, a notebook with listings, and/or an online job board. Apply for Lots of Jobs. Apply for as many jobs as possible. Keep applying, rather than waiting to hear back from one before you apply for another position. Spend as much time as you can applying and follow up by calling or emailing to check on your application. Dress appropriately when you are applying in-person for jobs and interviewing.