Unemployment Making Summer Jobs Scarce

POSTED BY: Audry Kensicki
Monday, April 5, 2010 - 06:32 PM
Metzger on Summer Jobs

With an unemployment rate nearing eleven-percent in Ohio, that's making it hard for the younger generation to find summer jobs.

Julie Metzger of the Muskingum County Opportunity Center says the summer job pool is a bit smaller, due to those who are laid off and retired jumping back into the workforce.

But Metzger said high school and college students shouldn't be discouraged, and should start looking for jobs now, before the summer.

"you've got your high school and college students, everyone is looking at the same time," said Metzger. "Know how to fill out a good application. That can sometimes be an eliminator if they don't have everything on there they need: references, phone numbers, addresses."

Metzger said employers are looking for motivated and dedicated people. She said it is important to convey those attributes in your application and interviews.

Summer is a very busy time for certain employers who do most of their business in the warmer months.

"Some good places to go might be local lawn and garden centers," she said. "The car washes and retail will pick up people in the summer. Get out there and get your feet on the ground with a good application."

For more information on jobs available in the area, go to www.theonestop.org

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