Land That Summer Job With The Help Of Body Language

It’s that time of year when teens are looking for summer jobs to make some extra cash. You may not realize that how you say something can be more important than what you say in a job interview.

Here are a few body language tips to land a summer job. 

1) Put your phone away. Teens tend to look down constantly at their phones, which gives you a slumped look. Not professional because you look unsure with the shoulders hunched over. So my advice is put your phone away and do a couple of shoulder rolls to push your shoulders back before you walk into the interview.

2) Practice eye contact. When teens are so used to texting they might not feel comfortable looking at adults in the eyes. A sign that shows respect and confidence in the United States. Imagine an inverted triangle from the corner of one eyebrow to the other and then to the tip of the nose. And look anywhere within this triangle. 

3) Your nervousness can show in your body language. You can get overly fidgety or overly stiff. To release pent up energy squeeze and release your toes in your shoes. 

3 Ways Your Teen Can Keep Their Summer Job

It’s one thing to land a summer job, but it’s an entirely other thing to keep that job. 

Here are some tips to keep that summer job.

1) Your teen should ask questions to help them understand their job better and understand the company. When they have a solid understanding of what they’re suppose to be doing instead of guessing then they’ll be more effective and productive.

2) Your teen should work independently. Meaning that they don’t need someone watching over their shoulder to make sure that they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. And when they’re stuck then they try to figure it a solution before asking for help. This show problem solving skills and initiative. When they ask, then they can say I’ve tried X, Y and Z and it didn’t work. I can use your insight.

3) Eliminate "It’s not my job” from their vocabulary. When you do more than your job description you’re not only helping your company, you’re helping yourself by expanding your skill set. You’re also showing your drive and value, which are sure to be noticed by your boss.

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Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.