Teenagers in the Workplace

July 2nd, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics tell us of a downward trend in teen employment “with many teens concentrating on academics, fewer are working during the summer, and in recent years, teens also have faced a labor market weakened by recessions, a diminishing number of federally funded summer jobs, and competition from other groups for entry-level job opportunities.”

An article in USA Today Money states that “more than 44% of teens who want summer jobs don’t get them or work fewer hours than they prefer.”

An insider tip to teen candidates: Don’t be afraid to ask your target career employers about volunteering and internships. These positions will provide real life employment and career experiences. And don’t forget to check out your local non-profit industries. Often, opportunities aren’t advertised; so, a foot in the door can be your stepping stone to a part-time or full-time position.

Employment resources

Teen candidates should be aware of several valuable employment resources available to assist them in finding and keeping a job.

Teens4Hire.org provides important information for teenagers on topics such as: how to write a resume, places to look for jobs, labor law information, and qualities employers look for in teen candidates.

USA.gov provides information on employment rules for teens, Military and ROTC Academies, recruitment, and training, A Student’s Guide to Community Service, and summer job safety.

YouthRules! is a Department of Labor site providing information on summer jobs, employment rules, a Young Worker Tool Kit, and labor laws in your state. It’s also a resource for parents, educators and businesses.

Teen Hire Tips

Once you’ve got the job, observe these tips we’ve gathered to help both you as the employee and your employer create a great work environment.

  • Assign a mentor: One-on-one communication is a great form of personal coaching that teens respond to.
  • Provide clear and concise dos and don’ts:  Besides employee manuals, make your expectations and rules clear. This is especially important for a teen accustomed to a social media world and a relaxed dress code.
  • Cross-train: Often, there is a high absenteeism rate among teens due to academic commitments. Cross-train to encourage owning the job and increase job satisfaction. This also prevents internal tensions due to short staffing.

Above all, treating your teen candidate as part of the team makes for a healthy, positive work environment.

We at Olympic Staffing Services look forward to the opportunity to chat with you about your employment needs. Contact one of our seasoned team of staffing professionals to learn more about what Olympic Staffing can offer you.