Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Adeline. Adeline Wonders, “How do you get a job?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Adeline!
Do you wake up to an alarm clock going off? Or is it a parent's voice that lets you know when it's time to get up and get ready for school? If you're like most kids, you would gladly roll over and keep sleeping rather than greet the day.
When you're a kid, people ask you what you want to be when you grow up. You dream of the future and think that maybe you want to be a race car driver or an astronaut or even the President of the United States. While some people do become those things, most kids end up working in one of the thousands upon thousands of other jobs that exist in the world.
Perhaps you'll be a police officer or a teacher or a construction worker. Or you might be an accountant or a salesperson or a doctor. Whatever career path you choose, there's a job out there for you somewhere. But exactly how do you get a job?
To get the job of your dreams, you must prepare…and that starts now! Doing your best in school, now and in college or a trade school down the road, will give you the education you need to succeed in your chosen career in the future.
Once you're armed with the education and/or training you need, you'll need to search for a job. Whether it's a sign in a window or a help wanted advertisement online, companies and organizations advertise job opportunities in many ways. There are job listing websites, such as CareerBuilder.com, that list a variety of openings in your area. Companies often have sections on their websites dedicated to listing openings as well. You might also find job openings in a special section of the newspaper.
After finding a job opening that interests you, you'll need to submit an application, which will often include a resume. Your resume details your relevant education and work experience that prepares you for the job. If you look like a promising candidate, you will be invited to interview for the position. After potential candidates are interviewed, you will hopefully be extended a job offer!
Although getting a job seems like something that may not happen for a long time, you might be surprised to know that many kids get jobs at an early age. Most paying jobs require that you be at least 14 years old. There are a variety of informal jobs that kids can work at even earlier ages, though.
There are also various laws that regulate when and for how long kids can work. This is for the protection and safety of kids, most of whom are still in school. For example, young kids usually shouldn't work more than three hours on a school day, since working more than three hours would cut into valuable study time.
If you're a kid under 14 who is looking to make some extra money, there are several jobs that you could do. Many of these are tried-and-true, traditional kid jobs that have been around for years. Here are just a few examples: babysitting, mowing grass and doing other yard work, running a lemonade stand, dog walking, washing cars, delivering newspapers, and helping out around the house. Volunteering is also a great way to build work experience.