RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Do you have a high school or college student who needs a job this summer? Good news: a Snagajob survey shows employers plan to hire more seasonal workers this year and pay more money.
Students attending the Style Weekly and J. Sargeant Reynolds job fair say the search for work doesn't feel much easier.
"Not as of right now. It may be in the future, but not right now," said Virginia State University student Rashad Fitzgerald.
"It's been tough. I was laid off back in 2010," added J. Sargeant Reynolds student Michael Stafford.
But according to a survey of companies by Snagajob, summer job prospects for high school and college students are better than they've been in recent years.
"We found that 19% have said they're going to hire more this year than last year," said Snagajob's Courtney Ware. "That's up 10% from last year."
Ware says teens will finally have to compete with fewer experienced professionals who've been downsized.
"We also asked employers about competition for jobs and they told us by and large they're going to be their own competition," she said.
And Snagajob found companies plan to pay a little more, an average of $11.50 per hour, up from $10.90 the last two years. Ware believes employers are more confident the economy is improving, despite federal budget cuts.
"You're not going to make that investment unless you feel its going to be a good season," she explained.
So where can you find summer jobs?
"Anything in hospitality, tourism, leisure, anything near a transportation or tourism destination," Ware told us.
We dug into the classifieds for you. Hiring right now:
- King's Dominion
- Home Depot
- Mosquito Squad
- Scott's Lawn Care
- Virginia Green Lawn Care
- City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation
- Douglas Aquatics
- JC Penney at Regency Square Mall
- Five Guys Burgers and Fries
- Colonial Downs
At the job fair, Colonial Downs' Bonne Mahler told us they're looking to fill 100 seasonal positions. For teens and young adults, she said they have many openings.
"We're looking at reservationists, admission clerks, ushers, servers, food runners, hosts, hostesses, program sellers, concession hawkers," Mahler said.
And the secret to landing a summer job: have a flexible schedule.
"Summer hours are long, they're weekends, they're nights. You're going to stand out from someone who's only looking for first shift or second shift, for example," said Ware.
Summer hiring takes place in April and May. That means companies are hiring now, and now is the time to start applying for jobs.