SEATTLE -- June is a busy month for teens looking for summer jobs and internships as companies look to hire.
“It’s better. There’s no question,” said Marlena Sessions with Workforce Development of Seattle - King County. “We aren’t saying there’s a youth unemployment crisis, which we really were saying with legitimacy two or three years ago. But, we’re seeing the last legacy of the great recession. They’re still getting left behind.”
Youth Source in Renton is a resource young people can use to look for jobs, learn how to write a resume and find a list of employers hiring minors as young as 15 and 16 years old. Many open positions are in retail, fast food restaurants and movie theaters. But there are also companies offering paid internships, especially in the information technology field.
Sessions has a list of must-haves young people need to land a job:
- Write up a resume, even if you don't have much work experience
- List work you have done, including babysitting, yard work, or dog walking.
- Write down school achievements and extracurricular activities
- Employers want to see references they can call
- Teens should also highlight their computer skills.
Sessions reminds young people to turn the cell phone off during the interview and advises all young people to come up with a 60-second pitch about who they are and what they can contribute.
Check out Youthatwork.info for job listings, resources and resume help.