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Jobless Rate Climbs to 5.7% as 51,000 Jobs Lost in July

Category : Other Stuff

Uh oh… this isnt good for anybody. When jobs are cut, it hurts parents and it makes the job hunt even harder for teens.

The competition for traditional teen jobs (retail, restaurants) is going to increase as adults expand their job search so teens have to make sure that they are prepared when applying.

Teens should also get creative, and I know money is important, but think about volunteering and internships as ways of getting your foot in the door and gaining experience.

Good luck!


Teen Jobs from an HR Executive

Category : Job Search

I stumbled across a very good article written by Marlene Prost for The Human Resource Executive Online.

She writes, “Organizations may end up hurting themselves in the long run if the slumping teen job market — with the exception of hospitality and tourism — continues to lag. The tendency to hire immigrants, college-age students and older adults leaves little room for teenagers, who need those summer jobs to learn how to become good employees.”

Its interesting to see that HR executives understand the importance of teenage employment, we just wish others were as forward thinking as Marlene. And we hope that Marlene knows how much myfirstpaycheck.com can help her.

She asks, So Why Hire Teens?” and answers, “The teen work crisis isnt just depriving kids of pocket money; its hurting society, because teenagers are not learning how to work, some experts say.

“A lot of my clients express frustration that they’re more babysitters than employers” for workers in their 20s, Stamer says. “[These workers] lack a work ethic. They don’t know how to be a good employee. They haven’t had jobs and [learned to be] accountable.”

Teens need jobs to learn the value of work, she says. They need mentors and feedback on performance.

“The vast majority [of teenagers and younger adults] dont wake up one day and understand what it is to be an employee, to learn to be counted on, to be accountable, to do well or not. … The workers were not hiring will come into the work force, whether youre hiring them at 16 or 30.”

HR also can benefit from teen employment in several ways.

* Identify and keep the best. “I try to convince my clients to give a performance evaluation at the end, to show where [the teens] could develop, where they performed well. If they were good … provide a financial incentive [next year], a premium,” Mathews says.

* Adapt to the millennial mind. The millennials, born after 1977, are more interested in flexible hours and a work/life balance than salary and benefits, Grasz says.

To attract the best young workers, schedule around school hours and consider offering transportation, Mathews suggests. “The employer needs to get creative. Its not a never-ending supply, especially of good workers.”

* Create summer internships. On a broad level, some cities such as Boston, run large programs that help businesses create paid summer internships.

On a smaller scale, Stamer says she personally hires a few students every summer in her law firm.

“I do it for two-fold reasons: If I do my job right, I get valuable service at less rate. These people are going on and build the world I live in. Im building a safety net for services I need in the future.”


How to Find a Last Minute Summer Job

Category : Job Search

I wanted to pass on some advice from the great internship site onedayoneinternship.com.

Youll have to go to his site to read the whole thing, which is about searching for an internship but applicable – but basically Willy says,

  • Keep on Truckin
  • Go Local
  • Cold Call
  • Ask Your Parents and Their Friends
  • Consider Unpaid Internships
  • Consider Non-Profits
  • Use Craigslist/myfirstpaycheck.com
  • Schedule an Informational Interview
  • Create Your Own Internship
  • Volunteer
  • Travel
  • Read
  • Relax

From Intern to Employee

Category : Internships

One of the great things about our site is that we managed to keep it so flexible. So while, our name seems to imply that we only allow job postings, feel feel to post (and search) for internships and volunteer opportunities as well.

That being said, I wanted to pass on this article by Tara Weiss on Forbes.com with advice on how to take advantage of a summer internship and turn int into a job offer.

Basically, “Treat it as a 10-to-12-week job interview,” says Alex Taylor, a vice president of university relations at Bank of America.

And while this was written for internships, all of the advice is applicable to any entry level job. Especially this one, Don’t be shy about asking questions, especially if you need clarification on an assignment. No one wants to be a pest, but its best to get it right the first time.


Summer Jobs for Teens Harder to Find

Category : Other Stuff

Interesting article about the summer jobs search for teens in Jackson, Michigan where it seems to be harder to get jobs now because of the economy. I think the most important thing to take away from this article is this advice from Michael Neece, chief strategy officer at Pongoresume.com who said that teens tend to limit themselves to just retail and fast-food jobs. He added, more white-collar businesses, such as public relations and architectural firms, are looking for young interns eager to work in the industries.
Neese goes on to say, “Teens are often reluctant to contact these types of firms,” Neece said. “The reality is that they do have the skills. It’s just that they don’t even know they have them.” Neece also suggests young people look outside the local area for seasonal work if possible. They can also look into volunteer work or an unpaid internship to build experience if they cant land a paid job.

“They have more options than they realize,”  Neece said.

… could not have said it better myself, thanks!


Sell Sell Sell

Category : Interviews

In my state-wide standardize testing this week, one prompt was about resume and cover letter writing for teens. Quelle coincidence! This of course was a topic I knew a lot about already, but I was very surprised to see certain wording in the description of the cover letter (CL). The prompt repeatedly said that the CL is a tool to “sell yourself.” Perhaps this is how most people view job applications (and maybe all applications in general) but personally, I find this description a bit disgusting. Selling yourself implies handing yourself over and losing yourself to somebody else. I know that we are capable of filling out an application and writing a CL while maintaining a sense of self. Yes, there are certainly compromises we have to make (like taking down those drinking photos from Facebook), but for the most part, these pieces should be an accurate reflection of yourself. You do want to present yourself in good light, but if this is a job (or college or program or internship) that is really good for YOU then you shouldnt have to compromise yourself to the point of “selling.”