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.

The Senior Workforce

June 25th, 2013

The stats on the mature workforce in America

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by 2014, 41% of Americans 55 or older will be employed, making up over 21% of the U.S. labor force. For this reason DOL has created a program focusing on the needs of the mature employee. Held annually, the last full week of September, the focus of National Employ Older Workers Week is to increase awareness of the senior work force and “showcase the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 or older with limited financial resources.”

The retirement myth

Is retirement in America is a myth? Financial headlines report that only one in three Americans have savings for retirement. We live in a society that encourages an unbalanced life. Work long hours with no boundaries now so you can retire and not work at all later in life.

The fact is most senior Americans can’t afford to retire or are unwilling to live at poverty level-depending only upon Social Security or their investment income. And many if not most seniors enjoy a balanced work life, finding it not only satisfying but healthy.

The senior workforce reinvents itself

Unfortunately almost two thirds of unemployed workers age 55 and older have been actively job hunting for over a year, and CNN Money calls them the “new unemployables.”

Those stats have led to sites that cater exclusively to the mature worker. Check them out and see if they offer something to meet your needs.

Don’t forget to scout out local job fairs, alumni association meetings, trade and industry shows and chamber of commerce and local government meetings. Keep your eye open for any event where you might make a connection, and develop a relationship that can lead to an open employment door. Volunteering is another option. This can often lead to a job opportunity that is only advertised in-house, plus it provides you the opportunity to hone or upgrade your skill-set while checking out a new career path.

Another option is to check out the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), mentioned above. Online and local partners offer many training opportunities such as the Digital Inclusion Initiative to provide adult learners with online and computer skills.

The good news is that number of temporary and part time jobs is on the rise. These are opportunities to showcase your expertize and develop new job skills.

We at Olympic Staffing Services can help your job search.  We don’t simply fill positions—we build relationships, taking the time to understand your unique talents and qualifications. Contact one of our seasoned team of staffing professionals to learn more about what Olympic Staffing can offer you.