Summer Employment

2012/05/28 in Ask Marlena

Dear Marlena,

I’m 16 and am looking for my first summer job…but keep getting rejected! I feel like giving up but I really want to start making my own money. What can I do?


So Discouraged


Dear Discouraged,

Being rejected is a tough emotion to deal with, whether it’s an employer or a relationship.  But we ALL will be rejected at times in our lives, but it doesn’t mean you are not valued, important or liked. It just means that in one time, in one situation with that employer, you weren’t a match for the job. If your skills weren’t strong enough this time, try working on your interview techniques, consider volunteering and do other things to improve your chances of getting accepted next time. These skills can also strengthen your resume too. This is a time to use the rejection as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement. It’s an excellent start to your road to independence by simply taking the initiative to start looking for work and that’s something to be proud of!

Also, if you’ve not called 2-1-1 Broward lately, there are summer youth employment programs and opportunities that we may be able to refer to you to, or you can always call anytime just to talk! Dial 2-1-1 today!

Keep your chin up ~