Snagging That Summer Job

Yup, it’s July 1st and probably too late to be pontificating about finding a summer job.  But summer came late to Seattle (it’s welcome to leave anytime!).

Anyway, Working Girl is not alone.  Just the other day the Seattle Times ran an article supposedly for teens looking for summer work: “Thin Summer Job Pool Confronts Poor Teens“.

Gloom and doom must sell papers because if you look around you’ll also find “Jobs For Teens Hard To Find,” “Summer Job Market Tight For Teens,” and “Tough Competition Makes Summer Job Hunt Harder.”

Read this stuff and you wouldn’t be blamed for concluding that you don’t have an ice cube’s chance in Phoenix of getting a summer job.

Which is why you shouldn’t read this stuff.

Just go out and do what you want to do.  You don’t need the media to tell you what is or isn’t possible.  Sheesh.

News flash for teens:  If you WANT to find a summer job, you WILL find a summer job.  You just gotta be persistent and resourceful and flexible and creative.  For ideas check out “Creative Teens Can Still Find Work In Tight Summer Job Market,” “Fun Summer Jobs For Teenagers,” “Creative Ideas for Teens’ Summer Jobs,” and “Create Your Own Summer Job: 6 Ways to Make Money This Summer.”

Most of all, ignore the doomers and gloomers.  There are always jobs out there.  Always. 

P.S.  Note how often that word, “creative,” pops up.

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  • almostgotit says:

    I posted on the subject of teen jobs today, too! The original study this AP report is based on was, unfortunately, also suggested that the blame for this dearth of entry-level jobs can be blamed on all the immigrants (legal and no) who are now also in this pool of employees, along with teenagers. I agree that there are jobs out there, though. My son just got one!

  • Karen Burns says:

    I’ve heard other sources blaming “adults” for taking teen jobs.

    Always someone to blame…..

  • I agree with you that where there’s a will there’s usually a way (unless you’re considering invading Russia during the winter) and teens can find jobs if they want to. They may not be the best jobs, but they still qualify as jobs, yes?