Summer job seekers should apply early

The past couple of years have been rough on those looking for summer work, particularly teenagers. The once-reliably hot market for both employers and applicants has been near frigid since 2008.

Unfortunately, it appears that young workers will again face an ultra competitive market this summer. Many will find themselves squeezed out of the work force entirely over the coming months. As in 2008 and 2009, they’ll be competing with older, more-experienced workers — not to mention other applicants their own age — for fewer openings.

An article recently published by U.S. News & World Report outlines several tips to landing a paycheck while school’s out.

With the teen unemployment rate reaching a record 26 percent, high schoolers searching for summer jobs face daunting tasks. Compared to the prerecession unemployment average of 15 percent for 16-to-19-year-olds in 2007, these recent numbers are the highest for this age group since 1948, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The recession has had a disproportionate impact on teens,” says Michael Saltsman, a research fellow at the Employment Policies Institute. Now that more people are out of work, employers are hiring highly qualified adults for minimum wage jobs that normally would be taken by high schoolers, he says.

Are you or someone you know planning to seek summer work? If you have already begun looking, what has your experience been like?

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April 27th, 2010
10:44 am

i am 15 bout 2 be 16 in one more montny