Before any of us set out on our career path, we get regular, often part-time, jobs to help us get by and cover some costs. Chances are you’re either still living at home or your parents are still paying for the bulk of your expenses. And although this isn’t something you’re going to do for the rest of your life, it’s still good to know what to expect and what’s expected of you.
Ready to start your job search? If you're a teen, stop and find out the child labor standards for your state by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor's Web site. There are sometimes age restrictions for certain positions, so do your homework before you start surfing the want ads.
You’ll probably be earning minimum wage, or close to it, at your first job. Minimum wage is the lowest amount an employer is legally allowed to pay employees. Again, the U.S. Department of Labor has all the facts you’ll need to know about minimum wage.
There are some jobs out there that have safety and legal requirements that both you and your employer need to perform on a daily basis. Know what your rights are under the law. As a worker you have a right to: