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July 2012

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Your Teen's BY DR. VALERIE ALLEN cash. If you are thinking your teen should consider F time to start is now. Adolescents may hesitate to approach the world of work for these reasons that we've stumbled: 1) exceeded only by the thrill of getting being overwhelmed when we first begin job hunting. 2) We've all uncertainty when We've all had that feeling application. 3) We've all had that fear of rejection when we go for an interview. 4) We've all had that frightening first day on the job. Somehow we made it through and so can your youngster -- with a little help from you. we complete job of experienced a a job, the or many teens, the joy of summer is 1. Dress for the occasion. Look as if you really want this job. How to dress? Look at the other employees; consider the type of work you will be doing. Sure shots: take a shower, get a haircut, eliminate the jewelry, downplay any makeup and be conservative (forget style!). Make sure all body parts are fully covered -- the interviewer will probably be someone like your parents! no midriff reveals or saggy pants. Remember, 2. Be prepared. Show you are organized, detailed and task oriented. What to bring? A pen, a pencil, a note pad, your Social Security Card, driver's license and a list of classes or certificates that are job related. Other things that might give you an edge: proof of previous employment, letters from teachers, coaches or your pastor, awards from extra-curricular activities or other certificates of achievement. A list of volunteer work where you have been involved with community service may also prove helpful. Support and encourage your teen to improve her chances of getting a job and hearing those two magical words -- "your hired." Help her make that trip out into the big, hard, cold world a little less threatening by using these tips. 3. Have a positive attitude. No one owes you this job; prove you want it. Convey enthusiasm and a good attitude. How? Shake hands, introduce yourself, smile, make eye contact, speak clearly, and most important ask questions. Go online and check out the company before the interview. Bonus points if you address the interviewer by name; be sure to use Mr. or Ms. listen carefully, show an interest in the company First JOB Tips for Landing a GREAT Gig Our Family's FA Story: The DelaRosas "From the first day we walked into the school, we were received and treated like family. FA has high expectations of our children and encourages them to rise to their potential. FA teachers love being teachers, and they actively participate in our children's educational journey in the most loving and supportive way. " Discover the difference Fredericksburg Academy can make for your family. Ismael (grade 9), Ismael, Cheri & Sophia (grade 3) 14 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • July 2012 Independent • College Preparatory • PK-12 540.898.0020

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