Teen Summer Job Search

Melissa Bruinsholz with Salt Lake County Youth Employability Services has some tips to help teens land a summer job.

Top Three things to remember to get that job!

1. Resume: Start working on your resume now.
Just because you are too young to work doesn’t mean you can’t be working on your resume.

Community Service, clubs, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, (mowing lawns, walking dogs, baby sitting, volunteering)

2. Appearance: You only have one chance to make a first impression so dress for Success.


Hats, Jeans, t-shirts, body jewelry or tattoos


Clean, wrinkle free, modest, simple, good taste, polished shoes

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a professional look.

Pay attention to sales (Kohl’s, Ross, TJ Max) and shop at outlet stores, or second hand store. (Deseret Industries, Thrift town, Decades Vintage Clothes, Second hand chic, Nordstrom Rack)You can get an entire work/Interview outfit around 20 to 30 dollars.


(Business Casual)

Khakis, Corduroys, slacks

Wear a belt

Collared shirt with an undershirt

Little or no cologne


Khakis, Corduroys, slacks, dress or skirt

Blouse or knit shirt

Light makeup and little or no perfume

3. Interviews:


Chew gum, Fidget, pen tapping,
fingers drumming etc..


Be on time, Smile, Good eye contact, Good Handshake, Show interest, ask about their company
How to Prepare: Mock interview with family or friend and practicing commonly asked questions.

What to bring: Portfolio and resume

Follow up with a thank you letter or a phone call.

Job opportunities and resume builders for 13 to 15 year olds

Summer Work and Volunteer Experiences Jobs for 13, 14 & 15 year old youth


Animal Care Services

Walk Pets

Clean up pet waste

Groom/feed/water pets

Create and post flyer in your local neighborhoods.

Lawn Care/Clean Up/Handyman Service

Mow/weed lawns

Re sod/prune/clip

Create and post flyer in your local neighborhoods

Day Care/Baby Sitting Service (females)

Advertise by word of mouth

Homework Helper/Tutor

Math/Reading tutoring

Art/Music Lessons

To compete successfully you will need to aggressively market your skill set and low feet to clients. $4-5.00 per hour is reasonable pay for this age group. $5.00 is a good price for mowing a small lawn. Four hours is a sufficient work day for youth in this age group who are performing manual labor.

Volunteer Opportunities with minimum age requirement

Salt Lake County Volunteer Services YOUTH Volunteer Opportunities Web Site (12-17)


Tracy Aviary accepts volunteers from 12+

Next training is Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM


Salt Lake County Animal Services 14+


Hogle Zoo 14+


Salt Lake County Aging Services all ages


Intermountain Health Care Junior Volunteer Program 14+


Jordan Valley Hospital 16+


University of Utah Hospital 16+ Juice Cart &
Book Cart positions for 16-17 year olds

Email Ann Dibble with request

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake Volunteers for all programs- must be in Jr High School. Several locations including 567 West 300 North; 464 South Concord (1235 West); 968 East Sugarmont Dr. (2225 South)

Splore—Recreational Aide Volunteers for autistic clients 16+

Spy Hop Productions- event volunteer, internship in media arts


Employers who hire minors:

Lifeguard (must be 15 and pass Red Cross training program)

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, All other public pools in SL Valley


Hogle Zoo 15 +


Raging Waters Summer Hiring, must be 16 by May 31st.
Call (801)972-3300

Salt Lake School District Summer Cleaners/Sweepers 15+

Apply at 440 East 100 South – Salt Lake City, Utah
84111-1891 – 801.578.8599

Teen Organizations that offer paid training or employment opportunities

Youth City – Summer Internships, Apprenticeships, Teaching Assistants (14-18)

210 East 600 South, SLC, UT 84111

Contact: Damian Choi at 535-7917


Melissa Brunisholz

Youth Employability Services

Leadership and Mentoring Coordinator




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