Posted by Good luck, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2011 at 7:08 am
Sorry....teen unemployment is at an all time high..actually, like a lot of unemployment statistics.
Good luck. With any luck by the time you are done with high school we will start turning it around and getting more opportunities for everyone back into play.
In the meantime, in my opinion your best bet is to go door to door, business to business, looking well dressed and neat..make sure you arrive during non-peak business times, early in the day, with all papers you need to prove your ID and your age... when they may be in a tight spot and need to replace someone who didn't show up to work.
Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:27 am
If you are really serious about finding work rather than just something to fill in the time and look good on a college app, then I suggest asking Safeway and other supermarkets if you can bag groceries, etc.
Bagging groceries keeps you active, teaches you people skills, gives you experience of having to work a schedule as well as doing a useful job. All these activities can actually be more useful than an internship where work is often found for an intern just to give them something to do and if there is nothing then they are told to go home and still get paid. The internship probably involves making coffee, filing dusty papers and possibly running out to get sandwiches for those who are too busy to leave their desk for lunch.
The experience of bagging groceries will last a lifetime, make you interact with all sorts of different people and you will leave after your shift knowing that you have done some hard work. All in all, a wonderful life lesson. And, you may be able to continue on during the school year for pin money.
Posted by Been there, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Even when the job market was better (pre - 2007), finding a summer job meant looking for it several months ahead of time. So, I suggest that next year you start looking in spring if you did not this year.
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm
The college kids who started in December looking for jobs still don't have them. I suspect many of the fast food places are hiring, try Taco Bell and McDonalds in EPA. Too many of the kids who are currently job hunting expect to be doing something "meaningful" - probably not going to happen at 17!