Young job applicants often hear, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Similarly, companies hiring students have an opportunity to form first impressions of the workforce, shaping long-term perspectives about work.
It’s not to be taken lightly, and it’s important to me (and the 70 percent of our team members under 21!) that students start their work experience positively.
Employers who offer a meaningful launching point may not be those with the coolest ads or highest salaries. Consider jobs that develop skills for life. For instance, those in the service sector like Peter Piper Pizza strengthen interpersonal skills with each customer interaction. Good communication skills are always in demand in any industry.
When interviewing, look for flexible scheduling for work/life balance. Consider companies that close at a reasonable hour and will not interfere with education and family. Learn about opportunities for cross training, advancement and growth. Also, search out fun environments; watching the hours creep by is the worst way to stay motivated.
First jobs are often given the least thought with the assumption they will not be long-term. Don’t sell it short – find a team committed to inspiring confidence in young people and hiring individuals with values that mirror their brand. Finding employers like us is an investment in your future that yields a paycheck and so much more.