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Summer Jobs Hard To Find For Teenagers

Career expert John Challenger says teenagers will have a tough time finding summer jobs this year.

Career expert John Challenger says teenagers will have a tough time finding summer jobs this year.

Monday, June 21, 2010 0:32 GMT

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Teenagers may have to break into their emergency piggy banks this summer because even a job flipping burgers is going to be hard to find.

According to career expert John Challenger of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, today’s job market is rough for teens because they’re competing with older, more experienced job seekers.

Challenger says typical teen gigs like lifeguarding or working at fast food joints are being “crowded out” by 20 to 24-year-olds.

That group is also taking the cushier jobs in retail stores and restaurants, leaving teenagers with limited ways to make their summer spending money.

However, Challenger says some go-to teen jobs like babysitting and mowing lawns are still viable.

If those fail, he suggests teens pound the pavement like everyone else and make it a point to meet potential employers in person.

At interviews, they should highlight their flexible summer working hours – even it means clocking in on a Saturday night.

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