Getting a Job/ Possible Places to Work


Michele Romito, Author

As teens get older, and summer starts approaching, making money starts to come to mind. Once you turn 16, you are eligible to work at almost any place you would like to. Some jobs in Suffolk County include a cashier at a grocery/ hardware store, a fast-food worker, a lifeguard, a worker in a clothing store, a camp counselor, or even a babysitter. Mostly any place you could think of you can apply for a job there. Availability and responsibility are very important and are looking for when owners are looking to hire. Although most jobs at 16 don’t require a formal interview, just an application, make sure you look presentable and have good body language when going to meet the owner of the business you want to work for. Also, if you are under the age of 18, you have to fill out working papers which is provided by your school if you ask your guidance counselor. Popular teenage jobs on Long Island are Ralphs Italian Ices, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, a counselor at The Rinx day-camp, Branchenellis, Alpine Bakery, and so many more options.

Also, if you are looking to get a job over the summer, make sure you apply earlier than right before the start of summer because if you wait, you are less likely to get hired because the kids that come back from college are also looking to get a side job like that. Getting a job at 14-15 years old can be challenging because of the FLSA requirements, but it isn’t impossible. There are limits to the hours you can work which prevent working during school hours and are limited to a total of three hours each school day totaling 18 hours per week.

Also, the hours you can work are restricted but include 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM during the school year, which is Labor Day- May 31, and change to 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM during the summer, which is between June 1 to Labor Day. Some jobs you can work at 14-15 years old is in restaurants and stores. When you turn 16, the restrictions go down, but there still are some included. You can work however many hours you would like during the week at whatever time you chose and the only main restriction is that you cannot work in a place “considered hazardous” by the FLSA. Once you turn 18, 

there are no limits to where you can work or the hours you work. Finding a job or even knowing what you want to do n be a challenge for many teens, but going to your guidance counselor and talking to them about it can make them guide you on what’s available and what you might enjoy doing. Getting a job in high school is very important because it can help give you some ideas of what you want to do in the future or even figure out what you don’t want to do!