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How to Apply for a Job When You Are Under 18

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Minors between the ages of 14 and 17 begin to have expenses that some parents aren't willing, or able, to cover. These can include anything from a cell phone to a car to upcoming college costs. Children under the age of 18 can get a job and begin earning the money they need. Applying for a job is not hard.

Ask your parents if you can get a job. You will need their permission.

Visit your school's office and request a work permit. Work permits are needed for individuals between the ages of 14 and 17. Your parents can help you fill it out.

Write a resume. You may not have much to put on it, but potential employers will applaud your effort and professionalism. Include any job you had in the past. This includes walking a dog, babysitting or shoveling snow. These small jobs show responsibility.

Add references to your resume. You may include one parent, but you will need references outside of your family. The reference can be a church pastor, school counselor or an adult who can testify to your character.

Make a list of jobs that you could potentially perform. Start with jobs that you would enjoy. For example, if you love animals, you can apply for a job with your local animal shelter. Do not list any jobs you are not capable of doing. If you are 14, delivering pizzas shouldn't be one of your options. Minors are also prohibited from applying for jobs that are considered hazardous.

Visit the businesses on your list. Ask the manager or owner if they are hiring, and fill out an application if they are. Attach your resume and references to the application. Put in as many applications as you can.

Attend an interview if asked. Make sure you dress nicely and act respectfully.

Send a thank-you note immediately after any interviews. This may be the thing that sets you apart from other applicants.


When you are hired, you will need to know your social security number in order to fill out a W-9 tax form in order to get paid.