Parenting: Summer job hunting
May 19, 2011 (WPVI) -- Jason needs a summer job. My 18-year-old son, who will be graduating high school next month and leaving for college football camp in mid-August, needs to earn some money over the summer to pay for his incidentals during school next year. He already has several part time jobs. He works as a dancer/entertainer for a DJ, he umpires for Little League, he teaches music at Sunday School, he babysits his younger brother in the afternoons, and he has worked from time to time sorting metal and running the register at my husband's scrap metal recycling business. But he needs something that will pay him (and keep him busy) consistently over the summer.
Many of his friends are working as camp counselors. He can't do that, because football camp starts before the summer camp season ends and the camps won't hire counselors who can't work the whole summer. Other friends are scooping ice cream and water ice, but those jobs seem to be filled. He even has one friend who took a bartending course over Spring Break and has been hired by a local Country Club. I worked summers as a fill in secretary in my neighbor's insurance office, before I began working in radio and television newsrooms as "vacation relief" for the assignment desk or control room producers. My husband spent his summers sorting metal at his dad's scrap yard.
Right now, it looks like a babysitting job will be Jason's best bet - he is great with kids, he's responsible and we're hopeful that he can find something that will leave him enough time to spend two hours each day doing the workouts the football coach has assigned prior to reporting to camp.
I'm sure Jason's not the only teen looking for summer work. With unemployment levels still high, it's even harder for kids to find work than it was years ago. The City of Philadelphia has launched an initiative to help teens gain job experience over the summer. For more information on those programs, go here.
And no matter what kind of job a teen is looking for there's some advice that applies to just about every situation.
Snag-a-Job.com includes these suggestions:
And to all those teens out there looking for work, be persistent! And good luck!
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