In order to start working, you will need a Social Security number. If you don’t have one, it’s easy to get one by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or 203-748-3569. You will need to bring your birth certificate with you.
If you are between the ages of 14 and 16 years old, a work permit is required. You will need to get a ‘Promise of Employment’ card from the School Administration Department in your town. This must be signed by your employer-to-be, as well as your doctor. You then must return the card to the School Administration office with your birth certificate. You also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will sign for the permit.
When you begin to look for a paying job, you will be building a work record. Doing a good job and being dependable and on time will be as important as the work you do. Before you apply for a job, make a list of your work experiences, volunteer activities, and odd jobs. Be sure to include a list of people who will recommend you.
This resume or fact sheet will help you as you gain employment.
Some questions to ask yourself are:
- What do I like to do and what am I good at doing?
- How will I get to and from work?
- How many hours and days a week can I work?
- Do I have any skills such as typing, computer skills, photography, or auto repair?
- Do I have any extra-curricular school activities or hobbies?
To learn about job openings, you may have to use the classified section of the newspaper, bulletin boards at schools and community centers or ask family members or friends.
Before you get a regular job, there are many things you can do to earn money or gain experience that will help you later. You can baby-sit, mow lawns, or do odd jobs. You can volunteer in a variety of church, school, or community programs. Any kind of job or volunteer work will introduce you to adults who can recommend you to future employers.
Places to check for volunteer opportunities:
- The Children’s Center 860-354-1883
- Housatonic/Shepaug Uunited Way 860-354-8800
- Library (check your local program)
- New Milford Hospital 860-354-2611
- The Maxx 860-210-2165
- New Milford Youth Agency 860-354-0047
- Parks & Recreation 860-355-6050
The New Milford Youth Agency coordinates and fosters programs which promote the protection, welfare and well-being of the youth of the Town of New Milford consistent with the needs of local youth and families and the Charter of the Town of New Milford.