Thursday, March 11, 2010
Here come the teen job hunters
Great—more job hunters. Still, we want these nice, able-bodied kids to do something useful and earn their own cellphone bill, don’t we?
Sue Shellenbarger (WSJ, Mar 10, 2010) says few people under 25 can even remember a good year.
Last year, only 28% of 16-19-year-olds found work—this year is expected to be worse.
Still, Shellenbarger says some myths abound and are happily or unhappily believed by youngsters and parents. First, there is a feeling that it’s not even worth trying. They hear there are no jobs and quit.
Kids get jobs the same way anyone does—by trying and not giving up.
Look in government-run youth programs. Resorts. Places that have a lot of people coming in summer. Child and elder-care places are often looking.
And despite what people think, jobs do look good on college apps. It can even beat going to Wall Street Boot Camp or someplace.
Some kids think fast food is beneath them. These places hire.They give face-to-face customer contact experience. The cooking experience? Well…
Kids can even have their own babysitting businesses—or lawn mowing.
Lawn mowing! We can never find a nice kid to do yard work anymore! Where are they?
Maybe the key is to look for work--like during the last Depression--not a job per se.