Teens entering the workforce – what to expect this summer


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – As the school year wraps up students may be searching for a way to earn some extra cash.

The outlook is promising for teens searching for jobs this summer.

Yogurt in Love is just one local eatery accepting applications, it’s good news for Terre Haute teens.

“We have a couple of people with there first jobs here, so it’s a good mix. It keeps it energetic, and they are connected to the high school crowd so it draws a crowd in,” said Jordon Miller, Assistant Manager of Yogurt in Love.

Miller is already starting to see a spike in high schoolers looking for work.

“We like to help the high school crowd learn the ways of a business,” said Miller.

While they can’t hire everyone there is a warming trend on the job front.

“When you look at the data last year the number of teenagers who found a summer job went up by 13%, and the teens that wanted a job but did not find one that number went down 17 percent,” said Bill Stanczykiewicz, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

It’s a positive shift that Stanczykiewicz attributes to job creation.

“About one fourth of the jobs being created are in leisure, hospitality, and the retail sector, these are the stores, restaurants, and the fast food places that tend to hire teenagers,” said Stanczykiewicz.

It’s important to note that landing the job takes more than just walking in the door.

“Be presentable. Honesty is the best policy. Bring yourself to the interview, don’t try to put on a gimmick for anybody, and the last thing is highlight your own qualities,” said Miller.

Tips you may want to put into action before the positions fill up.

“Right now is probably the best time to get out there and actively look for that job,” said Miller.

Don’t rely solely on the internet when job searching.

In person applications allow for more opportunity.

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