Getting your first job at age 14 is a great way to get work experience. While it may not be your dream career, it will look good on a resume and teach you responsibility. You’ll also have money to spend and meet people. You can learn a lot about customer service from working at a fast food restaurant.
Some places that hire at 14 include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Baskin Robbins and YMCA locations. At these restaurants, teens can serve in the kitchen or front of house as a Team Member. Depending on the franchise, some stores allow teens to apply with parental consent and a work permit.
The Fareway grocery chain has 130 locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri and sometimes hires teens as baggers or clerks. Giant Eagle has more than 470 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Indiana and hires grocery store clerks and shopping cart attendants as young as 14.
There are other options like bowling alleys and arcades where a teen can find a job as a cashier or a customer service associate. Some local carnivals and amusement parks like Six Flags might be able to hire teenagers as part of their admissions or food services teams.
Getting a job isn’t easy at age 14, and it requires some research and connections. But it can be a fun and rewarding experience to help make ends meet. When applying for a job, it’s important to always be honest on the application. An employer can verify your age and you don’t want to be caught in a lie.