Job Smarts: How to Find Work or Start a Business, Manage Earnings, and More

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Tired of being the only one who's too broke to go up? Maybe it's time for a job. Think about it-with your own paycheck, you'll have money to spend and money to save and you'll gain valuable work experience. If you're feeling really ambitious, you might even decide to start your own business. Lifeguarding? Pet Sitting? Computer work? No matter what job you choose, it all adds up to cash in your pocket.

This book explores teenage employment from ...

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Tired of being the only one who's too broke to go up? Maybe it's time for a job. Think about it-with your own paycheck, you'll have money to spend and money to save and you'll gain valuable work experience. If you're feeling really ambitious, you might even decide to start your own business. Lifeguarding? Pet Sitting? Computer work? No matter what job you choose, it all adds up to cash in your pocket.

This book explores teenage employment from all angleis. You'll discover:

How to choose the right kind of job and how to fit it into your busy schedule

The nuts and bolts of landing a job, from resume writing to interviewing

How to act like a professional-so you'll keep that job once you get it

The art of money management, including savings and spending wisely

How to start your own business, attract customers, and start the profits rolling in

Supplemented with articles and information from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, Job Smarts delivers solid advice and firsthand stories of real teens facing many of the same types of situations you are. Ready to wise up on relationships? Read on!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Heidi Uphoff
Sandy Donovan tackles today's teens' most common life and consumer issues in many of the titles in the non-fiction series Teen Wise Guides. From relationships to scheduling, Donovan lays out concerns and solutions in a clear, methodical manner. Each book contains an introduction, four to five chapters breaking down the important topics, and an epilogue. The addendums include a glossary, a bibliography, references for further information, and an index. Interspersed throughout the text are supplemental charts, graphs, and first-hand stories from USA Today. The publishing company also provides extra resources for educators who create an account on their website. In Job Smarts, Donovan covers everything from how to land a job to what to do with your money once you get paid. The chapter, "Landing a Job," contains sections on trending concerns such as potential employers checking social networking profiles. It also has a sample resume and cover letter, and graphs on where candidates make the most mistakes and how workers found their latest jobs. The chapter, "Managing Your Hard Earned Cash," is a welcome addition to this book. Students will learn why money is held back from their paychecks, how to pay taxes, and what kinds of bank accounts are available. While there are many books out there on teenage employment, the eye-pleasing graphic layout, the length, and the supplemental charts and graphs from USA TODAY will make young adult readers more likely to pull Job Smarts from the shelf. Donovan presents the content in a direct and clear manner. Job Smarts will also make an excellent reference tool for consumer education, business, and economics courses. (USA Today Teen Wise Guides: Time, Money, and Relationships) Reviewer: Heidi Uphoff
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Often, job hunting begins long before the day following college graduation. Many adults can remember getting their first job at the age of twelve, perhaps running their own paper delivery or daycare services; others remember waitressing in high school. Whatever the case, it is safe to assume that many adults remember they knew little about what it took to get a job and keep it. With this addition to the "USA Today Teen Wise Guides" series, young adults can get a concise overview of the skills needed to enter the world of business successfully. The first chapter challenges teenagers to evaluate whether they can feasibly commit to a job. This involves looking at their weekly schedule and school commitments to see if they should commit to a weekly or weekend job. A list of popular teenage jobs is provided. Tips on how to write a resume and make a good impression in an interview will help the reader begin a successful job hunt. After getting the job, the goal is to keep the job, which prompts the author to emphasize the importance of being on time and having a reliable form of transportation. Chapter four highlights the reward of the job: the paycheck. Taxes are discussed, along with different methods for cashing a paycheck. With money comes the responsibility of budgeting which is briefly discussed and may lead readers to pick up Budgeting Smarts: How to Set Goals, Save Money, Spend Wisely, and More, another book in this series. In the final chapter, the author sheds light on both the positive and negative aspects of self-employment. Overall, this book is a quick guide for teens to the first steps in job hunting. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
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Table of Contents

Introduction I Need Money! 4

Chapter 1 Are You Ready for a Job 6

Chapter 2 Landing a Job 14

Chapter 3 Keeping a Job 26

Chapter 4 Managing Your Hard-Earned Cash 36

Chapter 5 Take Charge 46

Epilogue: Planning for the Future 56

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Further Information

Index

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