April 5, 2010

5 Summer Job Resources for Teens

If you are a teenager who is looking for a job this summer, you probably know that the competition is going to be fiercer than ever. With the economy *just* starting to turn around, employers have a vast pool of potential employees to choose from. Unfortunately for teens, many employers are picking experience over enthusiasm.

As a result, teenagers are facing abysmal unemployment rates of 60-80% in some communities. So, if you plan on working this summer, plan for that work to start right now — with your job search!

The good news is that there are a number of local and national programs designed to help teenagers and young people, ages 14 to 24, find a summer job. Hook into one of these and you are on your way to a meaningful summer job experience!

#1. YouthBuild

Launched in September 2006 by the Department of Labor, YouthBuild provides job training for low-income and at-risk youth, ages 16-24. Most jobs are in construction and community rehab projects aimed at creating affordable housing for low-income families. In addition to providing jobs, YouthBuild also provides personal counseling services, career mentoring and more.

#2. Job Corps

Job Corps is a free training program that helps young people ages 16 and older find and keep a good job. The program functions like a college campus, with dormitories for program participants to live in. While enrolled, students get the guidance and support they need to develop a long-term employment plan. Call 800-733-JOBS to find a JobCorps program near you.

#3. Employment and Training Administration’s Division of Youth Services

This Department of Labor division oversees all youth-related workforce activities. Their website host a comprehensive list of federally-funded youth programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. Search your state, or call the ETA at (202) 693-3030 for help in finding a program near you.

#4. www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

This website is a one-stop federal government employment portal designed for high school, college and graduate students looking for employment opportunities — including summer jobs and internships.

#5. JobMonkey’s Summer Job Section

Forgive me while I toot the JobMonkey horn, but yes, we do deserve our place on this top 5 list. We have compiled all of our best information about high-demand summer jobs in one convenient location, covering everything summer camp and theme park employment to outdoor jobs and jobs in Alaska.

Do you know of a great summer job resource that I missed? Leave us a comment and share the wealth!

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