No one will “give” you a job. You have to earn one.

We have been bombarded with phone calls and emails from teens who—want Teens4Hire.org to “GIVE” them a paying job.

This may sound silly to some of you. Unfortunately for others they are serious. For those of you in the later category, I hate to break this to you but Teens4Hire.org does NOT give out jobs. In fact, no one does!

You have to EARN a job.

You earn a job by first preparing yourself for employment. By 14 years of age you should know how to:

Read with understanding,
Communicate with good grammar verbally in English and in writing,
Do basic math accurately (add, subtract, multiply and divide),
Take and follow directions,
Get along with others.

Beyond that, you should have some sense of what you ‘can’ do as well as what you would ‘like’ to do.

Once you have some idea of what you can and would like to do, identify places in your immediate neighborhood where you’d want to work.

Be realistic. If you don’t have a car or public transportation, don’t consider a job that may require this. If the minimum age requirement is 18—don’t bother trying if you are younger. By the way, how do you find out what the minimum age is? Ask! Call them up or walk in the door and ask. It’s that simple.

Be creative. Think of all the places in your local area where you’d fit in. For example, if you like animals perhaps you could work at a pet store, zoo, grooming salon, animal shelter, or start a business walking dogs or cleaning up after them.

Employers want to hire people who can do the job they need getting done.

You have to dress in appropriate business attire. You have to complete an application correctly. You have to speak in your business voice when interviewing. You have to make eye contact with the interviewer. You have to share information about yourself to the interviewer that demonstrates you can do the job (or in some cases learn to do the job) BEFORE you can earn the job.

Once you land a job, and in return for your services, you get paid—either with money and/or experience.

Remember, no one will give you a job. You have to earn one.

Jobs for Teens in Fast Food, Casual Dining, Ice Cream and Juice Chains

Teens4Hire.org's Editorially Selected Places That Traditionally Hire Teens for Jobs among Fast Food, Casual Dining Restaurant, Ice Cream and Juice Chains;

Fast Food Chains

Subway
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/AboutSubway/Employment/index.aspx

McDonald’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.mcdonalds.com/usa/work.html

Sonic
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.sonicdrivein.com/business/careers/index.jsp

Pizza Hut
Minimum age for employment: 16
http://www.pizzahut.com/Careers/

Taco Bell
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.tacobell.com/careers/

Burger King
Minimum age for employment: 16
http://www.bk.com/CompanyInfo/careers.aspx

Wendy’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.wendys.com/careers/index.jsp

Arby’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.arbys.com/careers/

Dominos Pizza
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.dominosbiz.com/Biz-Public-EN/Site+Content/Secondary/Careers/

In-N-Out Burger
Starting wage: $10/hr
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, depending upon location.
http://www.in-n-out.com/employment.asp

Papa John’s Pizza
Minimum age for employment: 16+

http://company.papajohns.com/careers/index.shtm

KFC
Minimum age for employment: 16+
http://www.jobswithkfc.com/#/home

Carl’s Jr.
Minimum age for employment: 16+
http://www.carlsjr.com/jobs/

Cousins Subs
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.cousinssubs.com/employment/

Jack in the Box
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.jackinthebox.com/corporate/careers/why-jack/

WhataBurger
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location. About 700 US locations in 10 states.
http://www.whataburger.com/join_the_family.php

TacoTime
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.tacotime.com/about/our_team.html

Blimpie
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.blimpie.com/employment.html

Quizno’s
Minimum age for employment: 16+
http://www.quiznos.com/subsandwiches/CareersTemplate.aspx?page=index.html

Long John Silver’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.ljsilvers.com/careers/

White Castle
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://whitecastle.hodesiq.com/default.asp

Casual Dining Restaurants

Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons52, Capital Grille, and Bahama Breeze)
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+
http://www.darden.com/careers.asp

Applebee’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+
http://www.applebees.com/WorkWithUs.aspx

Brinker International Restaurants (Chili’s, Maggiano’s, On the Border,
Macaroni Grill)
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.brinker.com/

TGI Fridays
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+
https://www.tgifridays.com/jobs/Index.aspx

Ruby Tuesday
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.rubytuesday.com/careers.asp

Outback Steakhouse
Minimum age for employment: Generally 18+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.outback.com/careeropportunities/index.aspx

Ice Cream and Juice Chains

Cold Stone Creamery
Minimum age for employment: Generally 16+, sometimes lower depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/jobs/best_jobs.html

Ben&Jerry’s
Minimum age for employment: Generally 14+, depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.benjerry.com/company/jobs/

Baskin Robbins
Minimum age for employment: Generally 14+, depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.baskinrobbins.com/About/Employment.aspx

Dairy Queen
Minimum age for employment: Generally 14+, depending upon franchisee and location.
http://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/careers/

Jobs for Teens in Amusement, Theme, Water and Entertainment Parks

Teens4Hire.org's Editorially Selected Places that traditionally hire teens among
Amusement, Theme, Water and Entertainment Parks

Minimum age for employment: Generally starts at 14+

California
Adventure City
Balboa Fun Zone
Belmont Park
Boomers/Camelot/Family Fun Centers
Castle Amusement Park
Children's Fairyland
Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure
Fairytale Town
Funderland
Gilroy Gardens Theme Park
Great America
Knott's Berry Farm
Legoland
Mountasia Family Fun Center
Nut Tree Family ParkPacific Park
Pharaohs Lost Kingdom
Pier 39
Pixie Woods
Pixieland Amusement Park
Rotary Storyland & Playland
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Scandia Amusement Park
SeaWorld
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Sonoma Traintown
Studio Park Hollywood
Trees of Mystery
Universal Studios Hollywood

Florida
Adventure Island
Adventure Landing
Aquatica
Big Kahuna's
Boomers
Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Cypress Gardens
Dinosaur World
Fun Spot Action Park
The Holyland Experience
Lion Country Safari
Marineland
Old Town
Rapids Water Park
Sam's Fun City
SeaWorld Orlando
Shipwreck Island
Silver Springs
Sun Splash Water Park
Universal Orlando
Walt Disney World
Wannado City
Weeki Wachee Springs
Wet 'n Wild
Wild Waters

Illinois
Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village
Donley's Wild West Town
Hurricane Harbor
Kiddieland
Knight's Caribbean Water Adventure
Magic Waters
Six Flags Great America

New Jersey
Bowcraft Amusement Park
Clementon Amusement Park
Fantasy Island
Funtown Amusement Pier
Gillian's Wonderland Pier
Jenkinson's Boardwalk
Keansburg Amusement Park
Land of Make Believe & Pirate's Cove
Morey's Piers
Mountain Creek Waterpark
Pirate's Cove
Playland's Castaway Cove
Raging Waters/Ocean Oasis
Runaway Rapids Waterpark
Six Flags Great Adventure
Steel Pier
Storybook Land
Thundering Surf Waterpark
Wild West City

Texas
Castaway Cove
Joyland Amusement Park
Kemah Boardwalk
Kiddie Acres
Kiddie Park
NRH2O
Sandy Lake Amusement Park
Schlitterbahn
SeaWorld Adventure Park
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Over Texas
SplashTown
Western Playland
Wonderland Park
Wonder World Park

For a complete list of Amusement, Theme, Water and Entertainment Parks,
Visit http://www.themeparkcity.com/USA_index.htm