Will work for summer: Where your teen can find a job

Will work for summer: Where your teen can find a job

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Is your teenager on the hunt for a summer job?  It's not too late for them to find a way to make some extra cash when school gets out.  The outlook isn't great, but they've just got to know where to look.

As the school year comes to a close, many students will be looking for work.  But based on numbers complied by the non-profit Employment Policies Institute, unemployment for Georgia teens is just over 30 percent.  

That means competition for the jobs that are open is fierce.  All of the area's larger employers for teens—like Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water—have already done their summer hiring.  

But, regional vice president of the employment agency Manpower says teens shouldn't let the numbers discourage them. Herman says teens can find jobs in the same places they always have, from fast-food restaurants to gyms to retail stores.

Too often, Herman says, parents and teens give up before they start.  But while hiring is down, she says it hasn't disappeared altogether.  And while participating in sports is a valuable endeavor for kids, getting them to work is an experience that will only help them in the long run.

Experts say networking is the most effective way for teens to job search, so they should let people know they're looking for work.

For more on where your teens can find jobs in Georgia this summer, click here for a link to the Georgia Department of Labor's Youth Workforce Resources.


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