Searching for a job on Cape Cod and the Islands can be tough.

Trying to figure out who is hiring and how much they pay can be just as difficult.

Here are a few tips on searching for a job, applying for a job, writing a resume and cover letter, references, interviewing, child labor laws, taxes, and keeping the job.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 21 and live here or want to work here, keep reading.

Career Opportunities–a One Stop Career Center

In Massachusetts we have the one-stop career centers that can assist you in finding a job.  On Cape Cod and the Islands we have Career Opportunities which is the local one-stop career center. Most services are free and you can learn how to find a job. Check out Career Opportunities in Hyannis. There are Youth Programs for At-Risk Youth ages 14 to 21 and Young Parents ages 14-20, who are Out of School to help with GED, academic remediation, job training and job experience.

Massachusetts Division of Career Services connects job seekers to employement and training opportunities in our region.

Classified Ads

Review the classifieds of the local newspapers. You can determine which companies are hiring and the types of jobs. Click on your favorite newspaper for more information:

Cape Cod Times

The Inquirer & Mirror–Nantucket

The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Vineyard Gazette

Online Job Search Sites

http://www.capecodemployer.com/

http://www.indeed.com/

www.snagajob.com

http://www.coolworks.com/teen-jobs/

http://www.groovejob.com/

Networking

Yes, believe it or not, the relationships you have with family and friends matter. Sometimes finding a job is easier when you know someone who works there or an adult can make a recommendation. Often, if you volunteer for a non-profit organization, that job experience as well as the recommendation can lead to a job.

A local non-profit volunteer matching service Cape Cod Volunteers is a great place to start looking for a volunteer opportunity. They have a section just for teen volunteers as well as a search database by issues, like animals, arts & culture, the environment, basic needs, and civic & community.

School to Careers

If you are in high school, your local school might offer the School to Careers Program–helping students explore different careers, prepare a resume, practice interviewing, job shadow as well as gain work experience as an intern. Check our the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board’s School to Careers Page to see if your High School offers this program.