RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's also some encouraging news if your teen is looking for a summer job -- they may have better luck than last year. But they better hurry.
VCU business professor, Dr. Robert Trumble, says the summer job outlook is brighter this year, than it was last summer, but students shouldn't wait to go job hunting.
"If you let it go until say another month from now, it's pretty late," said Trumble.
By now, employers are starting to line up their summer staff.
"It is a tough time so the best piece of advice is to get out and look early and look at multiple places," said Trumble.
But what if that fails?
"Most places have already got applied for and they already filled the spot," said VCU Sophomore, Aileen Shek.
"Even if you start early it's like there are going to be other people that have a seniority over you," said VCU student, Akkarin Chirachaturaphak.
If that's the case, try an internship.
"Anything that gives you a foot in the door gives you an advantage because there are more applicants then there are jobs," said Trumble.
VCU Senior, Seth Powers, says it took a lot of work early on but he's happy with his part time job at the Virginia Lottery, he hopes it'll lead to something permanent.
"I mean I don't know if there's a secret recipe but I know when I was first starting I was sending a lot of resumes, but I think it's more of who you know than anything else," said Powers.
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