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Suggestions for Contacting Youths
Contacting the Youth
  • If you have to leave a message, be prepared to call more than once; frequently siblings are not responsible message takers.
  • Be sure to leave your daytime and/or evening phone numbers and/or your cell phone number, and when the best time is for the young person to call you back.

Questions to Consider Asking
  • Do you have references that I could call? Will they be expecting my call?
  • Have you had any work experience? (This can be volunteer service, previous work, or helping out at home)
  • How comfortable are you doing this type of work?
  • What is your hourly rate? (Have in mind what you are willing to pay. Be prepared to negotiate and remember that this might be their first experience with negotiations)
  • When are you available? For example, can you work after school, nights, or weekends only?

Explaining the Position
  • Be clear if the job is part-time or full-time.
  • State clearly what the job entails and what is expected. If you have limits, rules, time constraints, deadlines, etc., be sure to state them clearly and up front.

Setting Up an Appointment
  • Clearly state the meeting time and place and give adequate directions to the meeting place. Review the specifics before you end the call to make sure you both have the same information.
  • Don’t be offended if the child's parent(s) want to meet with you. It can be difficult to allow a child to go to a stranger's home. Building a relationship with the child and the parent will make it easier to call back for help in the future.
  • It is a good idea to meet with a young person before deciding whether to hire them. Remember, this is someone who will be spending time in or around your home. It is important that you feel comfortable with them.

For further information regarding the Employment Program, labor laws, or other employment-related issues, please contact Carol Rosenstock 781-455-7500 ext.267.