Finding a job is one of the most important things you’ll do as an adult. Getting some work experience now, even in a part-time job or internship, will get you on your way.

You might want to look for a job coach who can help you. The Alliance for Children’s Rights can get you started. Email or call 213.368.6010 to get started.

Where do I look ?

Start with youth employment programs for people between 16 to 24 years old. These programs offer training, paid internships, and jobs. They also offer short-term summer employment, which is a great way to get your start. To find a program, download the B4UGo smartphone app for a listing of centers near you.

If you are over 24 years old, WorkSource/America’s Jobs Centers can provide training and job placement. Many of the centers also have personalized job counseling. To find a WorkSource near you, go to Work Source California or call 888.226.6300.

Do I need a work permit?

Maybe. If you are under 18 and haven’t graduated from high school, then you need a work permit from your school to get a job. If you have already graduated high school, passed the GED, or are older than 18, then you do not have to get a work permit. A work permit allows you to work, but puts some limits on the employer. For example, permits may limit the number of hours you are allowed to work each week.

When school is not in session, say during the summer, you can go to a YouthSource center to get a work permit. If you have more questions about how to get a work permit, contact your counselor at school or visit the CDE website.

What should I do before I apply for a job?

Most employers will either ask you to fill out an application or provide a resume (pronounced rez-oo-may). A resume is usually a one-page document that lists your skills, work experience and education. Don’t have one yet? Let’s get started! We’ll show you how to make one here.

Check out the full Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit below for more tools to help you!

Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit

GTJAKI_thumbnail_600x778The Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit is meant to assist youth and their job coaches in the journey toward finding and maintaining a job. You’ll find helpful explanations, worksheets and links throughout the guide. This guide is best used in conjunction with a Google account and a supportive adult mentor that can serve as a Job Coach. Download PDF