Kids deserve a raise too!

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Teen jobs are notorious for paying very low. When you are under 18, you are most likely being paid minimum wage. As a trainee, this is fine because you are learning how to do your job. However, once you are comfortable in the position and you are a valuable contributor at your job and the company, it may be time to start considering a raise. If you work hard and you are good at your job, your employer should give you a raise to show just how valuable of an asset you are. But be patient!

When you start looking for jobs for teenagers for the first time, with no experience, you don’t really have any room for negotiation. This means that you should probably accept the rate that you are being paid, as long as you know there is room to go up. Ask your employer during the interview process what the chances are of you increasing your hourly rate as you learn more about the position. Employers like to hear that you are serious about working and growing with the company.

Some youth jobs aren’t going to pay you more no matter how much you work. This is a good thing to know going in. However, if an employer says they are willing to pay you more if you work hard to learn new aspect of the position, this will give you the incentive to do what you need to in order to get to the next level.

Teenage seasonal jobs may be just for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same pay rate each and every year. For example, if you work as a camp counselor one summer, you will be a trainee. As you learn, you will be more and more valuable throughout the summer. If you go back for the following summer, don’t sell yourself short. Ask for a raise because you’ve already gone through the training and you can be a more valuable employee this summer.

Many employers don’t give out raises unless their hand is forced. While you don’t want to abuse the power to ask for a raise, you should be prepared to ask when you think it’s warranted. You have to spend some time on the job, first. Asking for a raise after a week on the job isn’t going to work. You need to prove yourself day in and day out and it is your responsibility to learn the position quickly.

If you work part time or only have a weekend job, it doesn’t matter. If you are always there on time, always willing to pick up an extra shift and never need any training throughout the day, then you are entitled to ask for more money. If you make an employer see that they are better off paying you a little more money than hiring someone else and doing more training again, they are likely willing to give you the extra money that you are asking for, within reason. Keep in mind, the employer is not obligated to give you a raise, unless you and the employer mutually agreed when you were being hired. So you need to be respectful when asking for a raise and how often you ask. Again, be patient, they will offer you a raise before you bring it up.

The biggest mistake a student can make is to think that a raise isn’t possible. When you take an after-school job, you probably aren’t making a whole lot of money. When you’re working hard, you’re following your schedule and you’re doing everything that your boss expects out of you and more, you should be rewarded after a certain amount of time. You are likely going to have to ask for the raise, so don’t be shy – go ahead and ask for it. Just be prepared to provide a reason for why you think you should get more money.

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