Summer Jobs in no short supply for teens

Izzy Frabotta, Reporter

As students across the nation begin to prepare for the end of the school year, many also begin to search for employment opportunities. To accommodate this, a number of businesses have made part-time job openings available to students during the summer months.
     American teens who are employed part-time make up a significant portion of the population. According to a report published by the Northeastern University of Boston, more than 30 percent of American teens held some type of summer job in 2011. That same year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that males between the ages of 16 and 24 who worked part time earned a median weekly income of $177. Females of the same age earned a median weekly income of $170. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that 1.5 million teens are employed in the accommodation and food-services industry, a number slightly larger than the 1 million teens employed in retail positions.
     Hudson is not exempt from this trend of teenage employment. A number of Hudson High School students are, or have been, employed. For example, junior Donna Payravi feels that her work experience at Summa hospital of Akron has helped her develop useful life skills.
     Payravi comments, “I mostly just learned how to fax and print, but sometimes I had to go into patients rooms and ask if they were okay or if they needed company. I’d say the good thing about hospital work is that it solidifies your ability to talk to strangers and adults politely.”
     Another junior, Nolan Ely, feels that his first job at Staples has given him valuable experience which may be of some use during future employment.
     “I’m half sales associate and half computer technician,” Ely says, adding that “I’ve learned to be wary of all the new bosses I get.”
     Hudson students looking for employment should be aware that openings are often listed online. Job search websites, such as simplyhired.com, monster.com and snagajob.com allow users to search for positions according to their location. Additionally, many businesses list job openings on their websites. For example, the Jo-Ann Fabrics website states that they are looking to employ general team members. These types of retail positions are ideal for high school students, as they typically do not require specific or extensive training.
     Many local restaurants also provide job openings. According to snagajob.com, Panera Bread offers various positions for those interested in becoming catering coordinators, and Pizza Hut is looking for team members and servers. Hosts and hostesses are typically paid in tips and often receive employee discounts.
      Additionally, many jobs are available within the community. Myriad job opportunities can be found in the classified sections of local newspapers; these types of openings are often for services such as landscaping and cleaning and require potential applicants to be in good physical condition. Parents looking for baby sitters and caretakers often post advertisements on websites such as Care.com. However, these kinds of openings should always be carefully reviewed, and ideally, approved by an adult. Online listings can occasionally be outdated or fraudulent.
     Before applying, it is important to be aware of all parameters regarding employment. To be in compliance with the Ohio Department of Commerce, an individual must be at least 16 to become employed and may only work when school is not in session. Some employers require that applicants be no younger than 18. Additionally, education and experience requirements vary from opening to opening. Employers are able to provide this type of information.
     In general, students looking for part-time employment will not be too hard pressed. A plethora of positions continue to be available to all who are interested.

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2015-05-19 08:14:59

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