Survey finds summer job outlook bleak for teens

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With more people either forced to find new jobs or re-enter the workforce, high school and college students looking for summer jobs will have a tougher time landing one.

If you haven't started looking, you might want to get the ball rolling now. According to in Henrico, employers who do plan to hire summer help, hope to get staff in place by the end of this month.

At Lex's of Carytown, people who've been out of the workforce for some time are competing with college students for a part-time job.

"We're actually really staffed right now at our store for the summer however we are still getting five to ten applicants a week. They are ranging from underaged to a few retirees," said Lex's store manager Gigi Wall.

In a recent SnagAJob survey of hiring managers nationwide, nearly half plan to hire fewer people this summer.

"Their expectations were that they would have less business and they were hoping to use existing employees to cover any hours that they did need," said SnagAJob's Cathy McCarthy.

SnagAJob recommends teens go after jobs college students and older adults might not want, like fast food. While college students might have luck with healthcare support jobs.

"If you worked in a particular establishment last summer that should probably be the first place you should talk to this spring,"  said McCarthy.

McCarthy says being flexible gives students an edge.

"Sometimes students have more flexibility with schedules than adults who may have other responsibilities," said McCarthy.

What may put you above the rest, a positive attitude. An important attribute, says Wall, especially in retail.

"Come fashion forward come happy game face and ready to go the most positive energetic person is the one that's going to get called back for an interview," said Wall.

One bright note, hiring managers surveyed planned to pay a bit more than last year. Again, SnagAJob says teens and college students should not wait until June to apply for summer jobs.

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