Teens should find summer jobs now, say experts

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some employment experts warn that many summer jobs for teens are almost gone.

In the middle of final exams and projects, they say kids need to find a summer job now too. The website Snagajob just released a study that shows most employers finish summer hiring by the end of May.

On the site, 24-Hour News 8 found thousands of jobs available around the metro area.

Two high school students who just accepted offers through the site say most employers now expect teens to start their search online. That usually begins with an Internet application that determines whether they get an in-person interview.

“It’s a very behind-the-curtain, Wizard of Oz thing,” said high school senior Maddie Brunner. “You have no idea what’s going on, and vice-versa, too.”

“Obviously since it’s easier, there’s gonna be a lot more applicants,” said classmate Kyle Caress of searching online. “You have to find another way to make yourself stick out. That’s where the walking in and talking to the supervisor makes you stand out.”

The Snagajob survey found the top characteristics employers look for are a positive attitude and eagerness.

The survey shows the average hourly pay for summer jobs is $10.39 nationally, while in the Midwest it’s $10.49. It found the hospitality industry pays the highest on average, at $10.89/hour, followed by food service, at $10.43/hour, and retail, at $10.07/hour.

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