What are employers looking for in hiring high school students for part-time jobs?

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Natalie King already has four years of real world work experience under her belt and she's still a teenager.

"I worked 40 hours a week in the summer and then they worked around my school and dance schedules during the school year," said King. "It was great to pay for my own gas and little things like that, to learn the value of a dollar, but mostly it helped me with time management."

Natalie is one of 170 employees at the two Burlington Chick-Fil-As, 70 percent of whom are students under 18 years old.

"That was a big reason I opened these stores, to be able to give other kids' such a great first work experience," said owner Shawn Willis. "Growing up, I didn't do well in school. I had an undiagnosed learning disability and had a 1.6 GPA. Working in a department store during high school, giving 110 percent and getting praise for it, really helped my self-esteem. It was a wonderful experience for me."

Willis says when interviewing, he is always looking for the three C's: Character, competency and charisma. "Do they have eye contact; can they make an immediate connection with the guest walking in the door?"

Those are the same qualities managers at Lowes Grocery Stores at looking for. "When you're working in an environment like ours, meeting guests all day long, we want someone who is friendly, who can talk to children, who is pleasant to be around. And students' flexible schedules work great for us because our hours are flexible. We understand they may have band or football or other activities," said Jamestown Lowes Foods Store Manager Don Bradford.

Both Lowes Foods and Chick-Fil-A don't hire for the summer only, but hire year round and both are hiring now. Go to the company websites for more information.

Other websites that can help high schoolers find part time jobs are: snagajob.com and babysitters4hire.com

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