Spring is officially here although it still feels like winter throughout the northeast and midwest. With the onset of spring comes thoughts of the summer. I know my college students and high schoolers were busy working the phone and emails during spring break to line up their summer jobs. Finding summer work can be a challenge for students, but now there are companies out there students can turn to as a resource for finding part-time work.
How to Secure a Summer Job
For those in high school, it is tough to secure a steady job throughout the school year while managing homework, sports, community service, and all the extracurricular activities kids are involved in. College students can also find it challenging to search and interview for a job from afar. However, there are companies out there that help students find part-time jobs throughout the year. These companies provide a platform for employers to list their jobs on an as-needed basis. Students, in turn, can register with the website to get the latest updates on job postings.
Job Posting Sites
I met with a fellow entrepreneur, Carole Bhalla, founder of TeenJobsNJ.com, to learn more about her company and offerings. Carole shared her personal story below of how she created her company and how students can register to find work.
“TeenJobsNJ.com is a website that connects local New Jersey teens with jobs in the community. Jobs range from babysitting, lawn work, odd jobs, internships, volunteer, etc. to work for a local business. The site was launched two years ago and has made over 270 matches. There are over 1,600 teens registered (and counting) and the site receives over 4,000+ site visitors a month.
TeenJobsNJ.com was born out of frustration during the summer my son turned 14. Once he finished 8th grade and became a “rising freshman”, suddenly he was too old to attend the local recreation camps he had gone to for years. I couldn’t stand seeing him waste his time on his phone and decided that he needed a job. After searching for jobs for teens, I realized that it is very difficult to find a job without knowing someone. My search online resulted in nothing appropriate or legitimate for teens. My husband grew up in a town that ran a Youth Services program that matched local teens with jobs. Realizing that there was nothing like that in my area, I decided to do it myself. My goal is to create a place where local teens and employers can connect easily.
Finding a Summer Job
The site is free for teens to register and employers pay a fee to post a job for 30 days. Teens can sign up for daily email alerts and jobs are also posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Teens can also create a profile and upload their resumes that are viewable to registered employers. We also donate a portion of proceeds to Mallory’s Army, a local New Jersey foundation devoted to preventing cyberbullying.
Over the past year, we have expanded our service area to all of Morris, Union, Essex and Somerset counties. In addition, we are excited to announce that we have merged with JerseySummerJobs, the only job site exclusively servicing the Jersey Shore. We can’t wait for summer to come!
Fun Summer Jobs
We have had a variety of jobs posted on the site but the most interesting so far has been an architect’s assistant, photo booth operator, catering assistant, robotics tutor, brand ambassador, and pet sitting a guinea pig!
Over the past year, we have expanded our service area to all of Morris, Union, Essex and Somerset counties. In addition, we are excited to announce that we have merged with JerseySummerJobs, the only job site exclusively servicing the Jersey Shore. We can’t wait for summer to come!”
Next time your college student is home for a brief break or is waiting for their summer internships to start, share the news of TeenJobsNJ or your local job posting site to help them keep busy and make some extra cash.