Free eBook:

The Teens’ Guide to Getting Your First job

By Danielle Leonard

Getting a job is a huge step forward in building your teen’s independence (and bank account). But it can be overwhelming, too. Download our free eBook written for teens that offers tips and strategies on writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, and finding the best part-time jobs for teens.

What’s Inside

Here’s a sneak peek inside The Teens’ Guide to Getting Your First Job .
chapter 1
Chapter 1

The benefits of getting a first part-time job

To state the painfully obvious: extra money is great. But there are more benefits for teens getting their first job than you might think.

chapter 2
Chapter 2

What to consider before searching for a job

What age can a teen start working? Is a meal break provided? What’s overtime? We cover important information teens need to know about their rights. Can we get a “RIGHT ON”?!

chapter 3
Chapter 3

5 ways parents can help teens find a job

Even without the pom-poms, parents are their teens’ biggest cheerleaders, so it makes sense to want to help! We cover the ways parents can help teens crush it in their job search.

chapter 4
Chapter 4

How to write a resume

A resume is often the only thing an employer uses to decide whether or not to interview a candidate for a job. No pressure, right? We’ve got top tips on how to make a teen’s resume stand out.

chapter 5
Chapter 5

How to write a cover letter

Meet your new best friend: a well-written cover letter. Not only can it set you apart from other applicants, it offers the chance to show some personality in a way that resumes can’t. 

chapter 6
Chapter 6

How to prepare for an interview

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth, most people have the jitters before an interview. Advance planning can help calm the nerves and help you put your best foot forward.

chapter 7
Chapter 7

The best jobs for teens

The well of employment opportunities for teens never seems to run dry. We list 11 of the most popular jobs for teens as well as tips on where to find them!


It’s not easy to find a job with no prior work experience. For a teen with no experience, it may help to look for positions that specifically advertise “no previous experience” in order to apply. Examples include sales assistant, cashier, usher, or barista. Another way to get a job with no experience is to identify key transferable skills on the resume and during the interview, as well as highlight any past volunteering experiences that may be relevant to the job listing.

Teens with in-demand skills are more likely to land a well paying first job in Canada. Part-time jobs that pay the most for teens include: lifeguard ($17 – $19 per hour), tutor (around $20 per hour), gardener (approximately $18 – $20 per hour), and barista (around $16 per hour).

Unemployment in Canada is at a record low, which means it should be easier for teens to get a job. But that will depend on how much work is put into the job search. A part-time job offer is unlikely to drop from the sky. It takes  effort to write a resume, search for jobs, network, and apply. Put in the effort and the reward of a job offer is more likely.

Each province and territory in Canada has laws around how old someone has to be in order to start working. The youngest age to get a job is 13 in Alberta, Manitoba, P.E.I., the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut. The minimum age in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan is 14 years old. The minimum age is 15 in Ontario and 16 in B.C., although teens aged 12 to 15 can take on light work.

A resume outlines a candidate’s qualifications, education, skills, and work experience. Even for teens, a resume should follow a similar format. Teens can make a resume by using an existing resume template, such as a skills-based resume or chronological resume, and simply fill in the personal details.