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Job-Search Readiness Quiz for Teens:
Are You Ready to Get Your First Real Job?
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.


You've decided (or perhaps someone has decided for you) that it's time for you first real job. No more babysitting or mowing lawns -- it's now time to find your first real job. But are you prepared to find a job? Take our free job-search readiness quiz and find out!


Once you're done with the quiz and contemplated the results, read our companion article, Tips for Teens: How to Find Your First Real Job.


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Directions: Answer true or false to the following statements


  1. I have all the key information I may need to apply for jobs (including social security card, passport, photo ID, driver's license, and any other documentation required by my state for employment).


  2. I have prepared, edited, proofread, and printed copies of my resume. (Bonus points if you asked an adult to critique your resume.)


  3. I have reviewed at least one job application form so that I know what to expect when I go to apply for jobs.


  4. I have chosen a few nice outfits I can wear when I apply for jobs -- and when I interview with the hiring manager.


  5. I know the kind of jobs I ideally want to obtain, and I have developed a plan to help me achieve my goal.


  6. I understand the importance of interviewing and have developed answers to some common interview questions. (Bonus points for conducting at least one mock interview.)


  7. I have talked with my family, neighbors, teachers, and friends about the types of jobs I want -- and have asked for their help in finding potential job opportunities for me.


  8. I am prepared to explain why each prospective employer should hire me over the competition (other teens, college students, and retired folks).


  9. I understand the importance of following up each application I submit -- and writing thank-you notes to each hiring manager I meet.


  10. I understand my odds and know that rejection will be part of the job-search process, but I am prepared to keep looking until I get a job.




Don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.



Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms. Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of He is also founder of and He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at) Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.


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