The need to recruit more workers to the healthcare industry has prompted many state governments to spearhead initiatives directed at attracting teens and young people to related professions. Thus, there are more healthcare jobs for teens than ever before, and they aren't limited to menial tasks like cleaning, reception, filing and groundskeeping, either.
Volunteer to get your foot in the door. You might consider becoming a Candy Striper or working at specialized healthcare facilities like seniors' centers or youth hospitals. Spending some time as a volunteer before going after a paid job is an excellent way to improve your chances of getting hired.
Gain work experience in a field that will easily translate to a paying job in a capacity that will always be in demand. For example, if you get a part-time job as a receptionist in an office, you'll be better able to get a job as a receptionist at a hospital, doctor's office or continuing-care center. The same goes for all sorts of unskilled labor positions, including clerical work, maintenance, cleaning and groundskeeping.
Take advantage of government-endorsed initiatives to make healthcare jobs more accessible to teens and young people. Entry-level medical technology and healthcare jobs that provide on-the-job training, advancement potential and scholarship opportunities are growing in numbers. Sign up at Teens4Hire.org to learn more about these opportunities.
Focus your resume to highlight relevant work experience as well as scholastic achievement. Also, if you are interested in a career in a health-related field, make sure to mention it on your resume. Healthcare facilities are more likely to hire teens with special interest in the industry rather than those who are just looking for part-time work.
Reach out for help. Take advantage of local programs geared towards helping teens get jobs. If possible, ask for the endorsement of a career counselor when you submit your resume to local healthcare facilities, as this may help you to be considered in a more favorable light.
If you volunteer, make sure to get clearance to use the people you work for as references on future job applications. Teens should always include references on their resumes rather than just saying "references available upon request" and providing them later. Giving them up front demonstrates preparedness.