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As a teen living in the Upstate, after trying to fill my summer with activities that prevent the dreaded boredom, I’ve come to the conclusion that getting a summer job, volunteering somewhere, or even trying out an internship at a company are the perfect ways to earn a little extra cash and be productive with your time. Here’s some advice for teens in Greenville about why, how, and where you should apply for a summer job.
Why get a summer job
I’ve worked as a babysitter and a restaurant employee for the past few summers. Most of my earnings go to my college fund. Hopefully, student loan debt will be lighter and the connections I’ve made will turn into helpful references when I apply for a more career-driven job.
Teens: How to apply for a summer job
In my experience, the best way to apply for a job that you want is to ask the employer! Walking up to a future manager or supervisor and asking for an application in person will help them remember your face and give them insight into your personality before your first interview. Plus, you’ll know right away if they’re hiring and how the application process works. Plus, most people apply online, so seeing your face and learning your name will make you more memorable! Later on, I’ll provide some online options for job applications, but the age-old concept of personal contact is the best advice I can give.
When you apply, make sure you answer all questions honestly while still giving the best version of yourself. Advertise your flexibility and be specific with the times of availability you write down. Dress nicely when you go to apply in case your future manager is present and decides to interview you on the spot (first impressions are so important!). This was the case, with my first interview at my first summer job. If they play the “we’ll be in touch” card, be persistent in your contact with the employer. Making sure to call and follow-up to get an update on the status of my application was how I got my first job offer.
If you’re leaning towards taking the online route, visit Snagajob.com or Indeed.com. Make sure your resume is well thought out so you can stand out among the sea of online applicants. These websites show you which places are hiring, send you emails when a new job appears near you, and send your resume to potential employers. Both sites have high ratings.
Keep an eye out for job fairs in the Upstate too! Some tech colleges, such as Greenville Tech, host job fairs in Greenville. There are advertisements for career opportunities on Greenville Tech’s website, though these offers usually require experience or plan to further your education in the field.
Getting Volunteer Hours
There are lots of different community projects going on, lots of places to give up your time, and people who would be grateful to have you! To search for volunteering opportunities, as a teenager you have the opportunity to join school clubs and services that can plug you into your community. Beta Club and The National Honor Society are great places to start, and if your school doesn’t have either of these, keep a lookout for posters, flyers, or advertisements posted on community boards in restaurants, libraries, and online.
Greenville is the hub for many festivals downtown throughout the year and they are always looking for volunteers. As someone who volunteers somewhere every week, I can tell you that giving up my time for the benefit of others is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your summer. It’s important to serve a cause that you’re passionate about.
Summer Jobs for Teens
Not sure where to look for that summer job? No matter where you live, these types of businesses frequently hire teens for summer employment.
You’ll need training and certification, but both of those can be obtained before you start.
- Upstate Pool Management, various locations: Ages 15+
- Greenville Rec waterparks: Ages 15+
- Shipwreck Cove waterpark: Lifeguards need to be 16+, other positions are hiring ages 15+
- Kroc Center, Greenville: Ages 16+ (they will pay for your certification)
Employers in the ice cream industry are looking for teen employees, especially during the summers. Here are several in the Upstate that hire teens:
- Dillard’s Ice Cream , Greer and Mauldin: Ages 16+
- Ice Cream Station, Simpsonville : must apply in person
- Abbott’s Custard, Greer: Ages 14+
- Brusters, Greer: Ages 16+
- Pink Mama’s, Travelers Rest and Easley: Ages 16+
- Clare’s Creamery, Greenville: Ages 16+
- Good Karma, Easley: Ages 15+
Service Industry, Grocery Stores, and Department Stores
Jobs in the service industry are usually in high demand and lots of teens start their careers in grocery stores or department stores.
- Farmhouse Tacos, Greenville and Travelers Rest: Ages 15+
- Chic-Fil-A, various locations: Ages 16+
- Food Lion: Ages 16+
- Harris Teeter: Ages 16+
- Publix: Ages 14+
- Grimaldi’s, Greenville: Ages 16+
- Culver’s, various locations: Ages 14+
- Kohls, Greer: Ages 17+
- Target: Ages 16+
- Panera Bread: Ages 16+
- Starbucks, various locations: Ages 16+
There are usually some cool jobs out there for teens to try out!
- Trapped in the Upstate, Greenville and Spartanburg: Ages 16+
- Frankie’s Fun Park, Greenville: Ages 16+
- Urban Air, Greenville: Ages 16+
Fun in the Sun: Outdoor Jobs
There are lots of great jobs available if you love the outdoors and want to spend time in the great outdoors over the summer. These are a few places that are hiring but you can also use Google to search for something like “seasonal outdoor jobs” in your town.
- Greenville Drive: hiring for game day positions
- Greenville Country Club: Ages 16+
- Summer Counselor at YMCA Greenville: Ages 16+
Start Your Own Business
Don’t forget about babysitting, pet sitting, dog walking, and yard work. These may sound like regular teen jobs, but if you gather enough “clients,” it could keep you busy and cover your expenses for the whole summer! Write up a description of your skills and experience, ask your parent or guardian to post your ad on your neighborhood’s Facebook Page, the online neighborhood community site Nextdoor (your parent has to be registered), Care.com, or the trusty neighborhood community newsletter.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of opportunities to make your summer the best one yet. There’s a company or cause that needs a hard-working employee as much as you need a job, so all you have to do is apply and put your best foot forward! Best of luck to you as you embark on your job search in Greenville!
What’s your strategy to finding the perfect summer job?