When summer break finally hits for students, it provides an opportunity for teenagers to look for employment, earn money and find something to do with their spare time.
However, the American teen workforce is slowly starting to shift, according to a report from the Brookings Institute, a Washington based nonprofit public policy organization that works to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas to solve problems that face society at local, national and global levels.
The report found that the number of teenagers seeking employment during the summer has dropped by almost 20 percent over the past two years. There are numerous reasons why teenagers aren’t joining the workforce during the summer, but some of the reasons include reduced demand for low-wage work, minimum wage hikes, seasonal employment and others looking for more work opportunities like older workers and immigrants.
However, there’s another big factor for reduced teenagers in the workforce – school. In 1979, 57.9 percent of teenagers ages 16 to 19, were participating in the workforce. Now, around 35 percent of teenagers are employed. The report says teenagers are working harder on academics rather than working because of the increased difficulty of getting into certain universities.
Although teenage employment has plummeted since 1979, there are still opportunities out there for those who want to work.
One resource is The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt website at Colorado.gov/pacific/gsjh. The online resource aims at finding employment for people ages 14 to 24. Those who are seeking employment can use the website to find a workforce center, learn about job-search and interview tips, college planning, apprenticeships, labor laws and more.
Looking for a job as a teenager can be difficult, especially without experience, but putting together a resume can go a long way toward standing out from other young people. It shows employers you’ve put effort into finding a job, and it gives you a platform to show things to an employer that you want them to see.
You can let employers know who you are, what your strengths are, personal skills you have, challenges you’ve overcame and other things on your resume.
You can look at online job listings on websites like Indeed and even Craigslist, and find potential employers. Walking around town, or the mall and popping into local businesses can go a long way toward finding a place to work as well. Even just saying hello to a manager shows that you are interested.
If you can land an interview, think of potential questions you may get asked. Google around, because you can find interview questions that previous employers have asked. Dressing professionally at an interview is a necessity, and it doesn’t hurt to give a follow up call to the interviewer just to say thank you.
Also, please try the obvious summer youth employment possibilities like, WaterWorld, Elitch’s, or a good old lawn-mowing job for your neighbors.