Job Market Has Room For Teenagers

Category : Other Stuff has an interesting article about summer employment for teens.

Unlike many other sources, they write, “While teenagers may experience increased competition for coveted jobs this summer, the economic slowdown is not expected to significantly reduce the number of seasonal jobs filled by 16- to 19-year-olds between May and July. In fact, some seasonal positions may go unfilled as teens avoid areas requiring heavy labor.

Between 1.5 million and 1.6 million 16- to 19-year-olds will be added to payrolls this summer, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is down significantly from a recent high of 2.02 million teenagers who found summer positions in 1999 but is only slightly lower than the average number of teen jobs added the previous four summers (1.674 million).”

There is hope!

The article suggests (Just like we do!) that the bigger problem is “inexperienced job-search techniques” and suggests (Just like we do!) that “Finding a job as a teenager is just like finding a job as an adult. It requires constant attention and depends significantly on the strength of your network. Use your parents, friends and the parents of your friends as sources for job leads. Try to meet with hiring managers face to face rather than dropping off a completed application form.

Most important, don’t get frustrated by failure. Many teens give up after applying to 10 or 12 jobs and conclude that “no one is hiring teens this summer.” As the chances are good that there are more than 10 or 12 employers in your city or town, it’s necessary to cast a wider net. There are many summer job opportunities outside the confines of the local mall.”

But than the article takes a step back and suggests looking in the newspaper classifieds instead of the job listings on, doh!

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