High school students who are searching for a summer job face stiff competition this year, according to a recent study by Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based employment firm.
"Young job seekers will not only compete with other teenagers, but in certain types of jobs like retail and food service, they may compete with recent college graduates or older workers who need to supplement retirement income," points out John A. Challenger, the company's CEO. Last year, fewer than 50 percent of young adults had found summer employment by July, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics-the lowest level since 1949.
Even with job prospects looking dim, there are other ways for teens to hone their skills and get ahead before school starts in the fall. SuperFutures CEO Jennifer Openshaw offers a few tips for teenagers who want to make the most of summer.
- Look for internships. Don't worry about whether they pay enough-or at all. "Stop focusing on money and focus on a