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EARLY YEARS: As summer break nears, some tips for teens to find that perfect job

VA Career Works offers job counseling, interviewing tips and more
VA Career Works offers job counseling, interviewing tips and more(WDBJ)
Published: May. 8, 2019 at 4:58 AM EDT
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Whether it's life guarding, flipping burgers or bagging groceries, getting that first paying job is a major milestone.

If teens need a place to start their search, Virginia Career Works is a good resource.

Michelle Brennan is the One Stop Coordinator for VA Career Works. "We offer basic job services like job search or we can help with resumes either individually or we offer workshops, interviewing tips."

Their clients are as young as 14.

Brennan says teens can apply online for a worker's permit on the Virginia Department of Labor's website.

As for the kinds of places looking to hire this summer, they vary.

"Landscaping, lifeguard, concession stand, food service, golf courses, businesses that are open very seasonally, like Smith Mountain Lake. There are all types of businesses around there," says Brennan.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia is also helping to train teens for the job market.

For two years now, it's been working on its Youth Employment Program.

"We are working to make sure that we are not only matching students with jobs, but prior to, in middle school years giving our students the background and foundational information that they need to be good employees," says Michelle Davis, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.

In September, they're planning a big rollout for the program and will recruit local businesses for student job placements this fall.

"Boys and Girls Clubs of America works very closely with Old Navy. They work very closely with Kohls', Ross, Lowes, Buffalo Wild Wings and a couple of other corporations. Those are the ones in Roanoke our local club has a relationship with. So, those will be some of our first partners we go to," says Davis.

Davis say the key is for teens to understand the VALUE of that first job, learning skills that will help them be successful in the future.

"Learning how to save, how to put your money in the bank, that you're learning how to be on time, how to look somebody in the eye and shake hands," says Davis.

VA Career Works is hosting an open house on May 9 from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm, so that the public can learn more about its services.

We also have a couple of helpful job search sites to the right of this story.

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