As you have likely heard, college admissions are increasingly competitive, and the hiring process in top companies seems to become more cut-throat by the day. So how can you stand out in the crowd and gain an advantage? Start building your resume (and your career!) NOW.
It’s never too soon to build your career! For high school students, that means getting an entry-leveljob as soon as you turn 16. But what if you don’t have a license or can’t make the commute? Or the hours are just too crazy between school, sports, and your social life?
Remote work is the answer! Gain invaluable work experience and enhance your resume from the comfort of home – get paid while in your pjs!
A remote job means that you work completely online. You communicate with your boss through email, telephone, or video calls (like Skype or Zoom), and all you need is an internet connection to get your work done. For the most part you can work whenever and wherever you want, as long as you get your work done. Sounds perfect, right?
So how do you get started? Where are these dream jobs for teens? Here are some companies offering work from home jobs for teens.
U-Haul allows for students to work customer service jobs on the phone. As long as a teen is at least 16 years of age, has a headset (even a gaming headset!), internet access, and quiet place to work, they can easily earn minimum wage! Plus U-Haul is a major corporation with many jobs in technology fields – this would be a perfect foot in the door!
Swagbucks is a review site that allows students to make a few dollars doing things like searching on the internet and playing games. All you need is to be at 13 years of age and have a decent internet connection. It’s a fun, quick way for students to make money online! Plus many of the companies that use Swagbucks are STEM companies – you never know where an entry-level job like this could lead!
SameSpeak is an online language tutoring platform. Any student with a good grasp of the English language can earn money doing 30-minute tutoring sessions with other students. No prior experience is needed! We are living in a global economy, and the ability to make connections and work well with people of varying cultures is essential for success in any STEM field these days. A work from home job like this will help you earn money and gain this essential skill!
This is an online marketplace where anyone over the age of 13 can sell their creative services. Whether it’s web development, graphic design or even illustration! The amount of pay varies, and all a student needs is a PayPal account to receive payments. More than ever people are ‘freelancing’ – working for themselves doing side jobs rather than a desk job. Fiverr is a great place to earn real money working for real clients, all while building your resume, portfolio, and professional reputation.
An awesome website for learning how to code, TopCoder helps programmers learn how to design apps and code software. Once someone begins their project through TopCoder, you’re assigned to help with things such as crowdsourcing and giving feedback on products. Good for those learning to code or with some experience already, and honing your coding skills will open up many doors in the future!
Gigwalk is a “workforce management platform” that helps businesses finish their projects, likeTopCoder. Project managers are linked with “gigwalkers” who are physically closest to them. Anyone can look for nearby gigs on their phone and sign up for the job! It’s a good, easy way to earn some money and build experience, and STEM gigs like web development will prep you for a future STEM career!
TaskRabbit turns its users into “taskers” – people who run errands and tackle odd jobs for people. From keys needing to be retrieved to moving furniture to holding someone’s spot in line, becoming a tasker is an easy way for teens to make a few bucks! Tasks like fixing computers can really help buff your STEM portfolio and resume!
As the name implies, Freelancer.com lets freelance workers sell their services to people who need them. Perfect for any of you who know a bit about data entry, article writing or even web development! Not only will this feed your entrepreneurial spirit, but you’ll gain experience for many different STEM careers!
Upwork is a site that connects freelancers to customers, like Freelancer.com. You can find lots of different kinds of jobs here, from customer service work to accounting to graphic design. You’re bound to find a job on here that showcases your talents! And if you do any STEM work, that’s always a benefit for your future career!
#10. Career In STEM
Here at Career In STEM we’re always looking for motivated teens interested in enhancing the STEM section of their resume! Every semester we look for part-time remote students to help us out with copywriting, programming, and business development. Most positions start at just five hours a week – the perfect way to gain experience while maintaining your busy schedule. Check out all the internships we offer here!