Seasonal Job Market Improved Over Last Year
For most young people, school doesn't let out for several weeks. But the summer job season is already in full swing.
According to a study conducted for the online employment network Snagajob, summer hiring levels are slightly higher this year than last and employers are hiring earlier. Nearly 80 percent of the companies surveyed plan to finish their summer hiring by Memorial Day.
Rick Parker with Snagajob tells KTRH there is more good news for young people looking for summer work this year.
"Teens will be competing less with older, more experienced workers." He says many traditional workers have found regular work as the broader job market slowly recovers. Nevertheless, time is of the essence. "Anyone that wants a summer job that is not actively looking right now should get started."
Those seeking summer jobs will find a variety of options this year, according to Parker.
"Entertainment, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, plus all the traditional summer jobs like lawn care, lifeguards, babysitting, etc." The biggest tips he offers for job-seekers are to apply early, show a positive attitude, and be available for as many days, shifts, and hours as possible.