Teens face tough summer job market


Job OpeningsIt’s going to be another tough summer for the teen job market this year.

Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. projects little improvement from summer 2010 when the number of teen jobs increased by 960,000 from May through July, a 17.5 percent drop from 2009 and the lowest summer job growth since 1949.

The 3.3 million teens employed last July was the lowest since 1959, Challenger, Gray said in its annual teen employment outlook.

Despite the dismal forecast, parents can cling to the hope their kid’s job hunt will be successful.


“Even at its worst, employment among teenagers experienced a net gain of nearly 1,000,000 jobs last year. But, in the current environment it will be more important than ever for teens to begin their summer job searches early,” said CEO John Challenger.

With unemployment still high nationwide, teens may find themselves in competition with new college grads and older workers looking for some extra cash.

“The key to success for teen job seekers will be an aggressive approach to the job search. Today’s tech-savvy teenagers are apt to conduct 90 percent of their job search on the Internet and submit applications online. However, nothing beats actually walking into a business, introducing yourself to the manager and asking about job opportunities. The personal touch sets the groundwork in building a rapport that will separate you from electronic candidates,” Challenger said.

Here’s the complete Challenger report: Challenger Annual Teen Summer Job Outlook