When you begin to look for job opportunities, there are many resources to help you. Consider the following for leads:
- The Maricopa County Workforce Connections and Phoenix Workforce Connection can not only give you information about possible job openings, but also can help you with your career planning.
- Relatives and Friends. People who know you and currently have jobs may know about openings or ways to get through to someone who can hire you. Even if they don't know of any job openings right now, ask them to keep you in mind for when jobs do become available.
- School teachers and guidance counselors may know of job openings in your community. Employers may contact your school to ask for referrals of students looking for work. In addition, teachers and guidance counselors can sometimes help match your skills with a job.
- HELP WANTED signs. Many businesses, especially stores and restaurants, put help wanted signs in their windows. Be on the lookout for them and ask friends and relatives to look, too.
- College Financial Aid Office. Most colleges and universities have work-study or job placement programs that are administered by the financial aid office.
- Summer businesses. There are some businesses that are open just in the summer or hire more people in the summer. Even if these jobs are just temporary, they will provide valuable work experiences and references as well as a paycheck. Summer businesses include amusement parks, recreation centers, summer camps, golf courses, summer restaurants, etc.
- Seasonal jobs. Businesses offer short-term work that occurs in different seasons and require a higher number of employees than usual. The temporary nature of these jobs is great for folks who don't know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their career. Think of a seasonal job as a sample of a specific profession. Seasonal employment is often the entry way into permanent full-time employment. If you need some extra cash, or maybe you'd like to try to get in with a company and apply for a permanent position later on, a temporary seasonal job might work.
Maricopa County is staffed by over 13,000 employees in more than 50 departments and agencies representing a diverse and talented workforce. Visit the websites and see what opportunities await you!
Maricopa County's Career Site – build and grow your career in a wide variety of public sector professions.
Maricopa County Workforce Connections - provides Maricopa County youth with quality programs designed to assist in overcoming barriers to education and employment.
East Valley Teen Jobs - Online listing of teen jobs in the East Valley
West Valley Teen Jobs - Online listing of teen jobs in the West Valley
Youth Program - quality programs designed to assist youth in overcoming barriers to education and employment including tutoring, alternative high school services, leadership development, occupational skills training, employment and much, much more.
Career Services - provides resources for those starting a job search or those that have been searching for months.
Phoenix Workforce Connection - helps youth to plan a path to a successful career. Offering tips for finding teen jobs, internships and work experience programs.
Internship is a system of on-the-job training for white collar jobs, similar to an apprenticeship. Interns are usually college or university students, but they can also be high school students or post graduate adults seeking skills for a new career. They may also be as young as middle school or in some cases elementary students. Student internships provide opportunities for students to gain experience in their field, determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, or gain school credit. Internships provide employers with cheap or free labor for (typically) low-level tasks. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the companies in which they interned. Their value to the company may be increased by the fact that they need little to no training.
An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Paid internships are most common in the medical, architecture, science, engineering, law, business (especially accounting and finance), technology and advertising fields. Internships in non-profits such as charities and think tanks are often unpaid, volunteer positions. Internships may be part-time or full-time - typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer. They usually last 6–12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the company involved. The act of job shadowing may also constitute interning.
Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments, non-profit groups and organizations. Due to strict labor laws, European internships are mostly unpaid, although they are still popular among non-Europeans in order to gain international exposure on one's resume and for foreign language improvement.
Click here for links to Internship information.
Fellowships generally refer to a temporary position at an academic institution with limited teaching duties and ample time for research.
Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a skill. Apprentices (or in early modern usage "prentices") or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade, in exchange for their continuing labor for an agreed period after they become skilled. Theoretical education may also be involved, informally via the workplace and/or by attending vocational schools while still being paid by the employer.
Learn more about Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
Civic Service Programs
AmeriCorps - is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. The work done ranges from public education to environmental clean-up. It's a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults (17 and up) and all backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you'll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!
Several different programs are available for you to participate in and members serve full or part time over a 10 to 12 month period. As an AmeriCorps member, you'll be eligible for a variety of benefits that make the dedication of a year of your life worthwhile. Many AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance. You will not get rich from it, but most AmeriCorps members have found that it covers their basic expenses. Additionally, each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of AmeriCorps service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.
Please visit the AmeriCorps website for complete information.
City Year - is a program of AmeriCorps which targets young people age 17 to 24 for a year of full-time, rigorous community service, leadership development and civic engagement. Corps members receive a weekly stipend. In return, they make a one-year commitment and agree to complete at least 1,700 hours of service, whereupon they can graduate from City Year and receive higher education funds.
Please visit City Year to learn more about how you can make a difference as a tutor and mentor running after-school programs and leading youth leadership programs.
Peace Corps is an American volunteer program run by the United States Government. The mission of the Peace Corps includes three goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand US culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. Generally, the work is related to social and economic development.
Volunteers serve in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.
SCORE: Connect with an advisor who can answer specific questions you may have concerning starting your own business. SCORE, the “Counselors of America’s Small Business Owners,” is a national association dedicated to helping small business owners form and grow their businesses. Receive mentoring and business advice from a SCORE Business Counselor at Maricopa Workforce Connections West Valley Career Center, by appointment only. Call 602-372-4200.
The YoungBiz Teen Club is where you can meet other students and learn more about money management, business, and entrepreneurship. With your registration, you will be able to read more stories about young entrepreneurs, young investors, young inventors, and famous entrepreneurs. Plus, you’ll have access to student bulletin boards, blogs, as well as, gain access to resources which will help start and grow your own business ventures.
Joining the Military is a big decision, and one we hope will inspire discussion among family, friends and trusted advisors. Every day, many thousands devote themselves to protecting freedoms, maintaining peace, providing relief and supporting policy around the globe. For many young Americans, the benefits of serving can be tremendous: training, honor, education, travel, pay and self-discovery. However, military service is not for everyone. It requires self-discipline, intense physical work and time away from family and friends while protecting America and its citizens at home and abroad. For some, these commitments impose too great a burden. To understand service options and benefits, please visit Today's Military.