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Teen Jobs from an HR Executive

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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 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.”

Despite Tight Job Market, Teens Can Still Find Summer Work

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The Martinsville (Va) newspaper published this article yesterday about the local job market for teens. I cant say that I have a lot of personal experience with Martinsville, but it seems that the job market is pretty similar to whats found in the rest of the country. Unemployment is generally up, but smart, enthusiastic, and prepared teens can still find jobs.

The article states, “Though Martinsville has the highest unemployment rate in the state, teens can still land summer jobs in certain sectors, according to a Virginia Employment Commission official.  In Virginia, I don’t think it will be that bad,” said Bill Mezger, chief economist for the Economic Information Services Division of the VEC, in response to the study. “I think 2008 will still be a fairly good year for summer employment, though not as good as the last two years. The city’s high jobless rate, just above 10 percent in April, comes mainly from the factory sector, a field that would not attract many teens on summer break, Mezger said. However, he added, “The fact that unemployment is higher in the area means there’s more competition for the jobs that are available.” In Martinsville, Mezger said jobs should be available in the retail and service industries where most teens look for employment. Some jobs are pretty much aimed at teenagers, and adults would not be seeking them in great numbers,  he added.”

And suggests (like we do at that teens should look for summer jobs in food service, lifeguarding, and referring.

Hows your job search going?

How to Find a Last Minute Summer Job

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

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/
  • Schedule an Informational Interview
  • Create Your Own Internship
  • Volunteer
  • Travel
  • Read
  • Relax

5 Places Teens Should Look for Summer Employment After Memorial Day

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Due to their lack of experience, teens often encounter challenges while searching for summer jobs. With the school year about to end, many are finding that it’s too late to apply for some summer positions.

To help our peers, we put together a list of five places where teens should look for the perfect summer job.

  1. Golf Courses. Golf courses are everywhere and have a huge need for seasonal employment. Caddying, landscaping and working in the gift shop or restaurant are some opportunities available to teens.
  2. Offices. Whether it’s helping to answer phones, filing or doing paperwork, there is always a lot going on in an office for a smart and responsible teen to do. Working in an office also provides teens with the chance to learn about being in a professional workplace. Don’t forget to look at the small offices too… many business parks have small businesses that could really use your help with shipping, mailing, packaging, personalizing, or handling customers service like
  3. Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. Summer is the time for big shows and large crowds. Museums are always looking for energetic, enthusiastic and affordable help. Teens provide the perfect fit for these unique opportunities.
  4. Restaurants. Because of high turnover, the restaurant industry is always hiring. Working in a restaurant setting provides teens with a skill set that can be transferable to other jobs as well as provide valuable life lessons.
  5. Volunteer. Although volunteering does not provide a salary, it offers a great way to make an impact on the community. Volunteering enables teenagers to develop skills, network, and strengthen their resumes so they can have a more fulfilling job search the next summer.

What do you think? Any other suggestions?

Toughest Summer Job This Year Is Finding One

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Plenty of teens want to work but face increasing difficulties landing jobs. Two big difficulties that teens face are connections/lack of connections and access to transportation, butanother overlooked one is a lack of understanding on how to apply for a job. Many teens dont know how to begin applying for a job – let alone compete in a tightening labor market – and that’s why we created to give teens the tools they make the job search process a little easier.

Creative Summer Job Ideas for Teens

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We always encourage kids to be creative when applying for summer jobs, find opportunities that will allow them to take advantage of their skills, and even possibly starting their own companies – but this article in the WSJ highlights 7 young people who took this to an entirely new level.

It just goes to show you that the possibilities for summer jobs are endless

5 Tips to Help Teens Find Summer Jobs

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Teens often encounter challenges while searching for summer jobs due to their lack of experience in the job world. To help their peers, the teenage job experts at put together five tips to make the job search a little easier.

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But I’m Too Young! – Jobs for Younger Teens was created to help young people get jobs. We have job advice for teens, interview tips, a resume builder, etc. But the one thing we cant help you with is changing an employers mind. What if he just wont hire someone younger than 16? He has that right, and most employers will not hire students that young. So what are the young and restless to do? Well, if nobody will hire you, hire yourselves!

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A First Job, From a Dad’s Perspective

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Stewart Allyn wrote a nice post on his blog a few days ago about his son’s first job. Stew’s 16-year-old son got a job as a hockey referee, and Stew seems to be pretty happy about his son entering the workforce. Stew writes, “Becoming a referee has taught him many valuable lessons in both life and in his chosen sport.”

It seems like its worked out well for both him and his son, and If you are still looking for a spring/summer job – maybe you can look into being a referee too. Hockey season is over but is your local little league/soccer league looking for refs?

Summer Job Seeking Advice for Employees and Employers

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John Tesh posts some good tips that we wanted to pass on.

He writes, “Encourage your teen to spend the majority of his time networking not just looking for jobs on his laptop. Why? Because 90% of job openings are not advertised and 90% of job candidates only apply for advertised work opportunities.”

Im not sure where he gets these numbers from, but I believe them. One of the things I spend most of my time on is convincing businesses to post their job openings on Unfortunately, many companies dont put in a lot of effort into hiring and managing part-time employees, but would you rather put a sign in your store window and hire the first kid who comes in or put a sign in your window and spend 5 minutes and $20 to post on allowing you to collect many more applicants and promoting your company to a valuable customer base at the same time? The more time you put into hiring good employees, the less time (and money) you will have to spend in the future dealing with turnover and training.

Summer Jobs for Teens

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A lot of people have been calling us to ask how the current economic downturn is going to impact teens search for summer jobs, I tell them that its always hard to find a job but there are plenty of employers out there looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that teenagers provide, but teenagers have to know how to find them and how to present themselves.

Be creative, persistent, and polite and you will find a summer job.

We created to help teens find summer jobs. Even if we don’t have local job listings by you yet, our advice section is a great resource – make a resume with our dynamic resume builder for teens, learn how to write a cover letter, and get out there and start applying!

And please let us know if you have any suggestions for other teenagers out there.

Summer Jobs Pay Off

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Fran Hendrick wrote the following great piece in The Cincinnati Enquirer about the benefits of summer jobs. Fran writes, a “real job” can benefit teens by helping them develop the ability to say, “This is who I am, and this is what I can do,” working alongside others gives teens a sense of their own competence, The “real world” experience of a job, where their parents cannot intervene on their behalf if they fail to meet expectations, teaches teens a “no excuses” work ethic, collecting a paycheck helps teens understand financial realities, on-the-job experience teaches teamwork, and having a job can clarify for your teen what he doesn’t want to do as a career – as much as clarifying what he does want.

These are all great pieces of advice that every teenager, parent, and potential employer should remember this summer. Thanks Fran!

Email Correspondance with Teens

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Unfortunately, doesn’t yet have jobs listings nationwide so there are lots of teens (and their parents) who email us asking for us to find them jobs. We’re happy to help and flattered that people come to us to find their first job.

Below is a sample of the type of emails we get, what do you think?


My name is Amy. I am seventeen years old and I live in Hampton, VA. I was directed to your web site from and I am writing because my area was not listed. Where I live the only jobs for sixteen and seventeen year olds are in fast food restaurants or a supermarket, so as you can see theres not much to choose from. A lot of the retail stores and telemarketing corporations moved the ages up from seventeen to eighteen because of problems with past teenage employees. But with a lot of the retail and telemarketing jobs you have to have at least three years of customer service experience. And many teens dont want to stay at a supermarket or fast food restaurant longer than we have to before we can get a better job. I, like most graduating seniors will be going off to college and many of us wont be 18 when we get there and we need help to find jobs other than fast food and grocery. So, please look the Hampton Roads area up and see what you can do to fix our problem.

Thank You,


I responded

Hi Amy –

We are currently working on going national, and hope to have job listings in Virginia and the rest of the country by the end of April. I appreciate your interest in and hope that you continue to check out our website. Have you seen our job advice for teens section? I think it, particularly our resume builder, can be a big help to you and your friends even if we don’t have listings in Virginia yet.

I have to say that I understand the difficulties you face, because teens across the problem have the same issues. While fast food is not ideal it is a great way to start working, other good places are country clubs, camps, and pools. Just keep applying!

We are working hard on trying to grow, and would really appreciate if you could pass on to your friends and family.

Best and thanks,