Summer Jobs Tough for Teens to Find

RENO, NV - Seniors from Washoe, McQueen and Reno high schools collected their degrees at Lawlor Events center Friday. Through the celebration and smiles, many are looking toward the future. “I want to try to get a job and help out my mom,” says new grad Cheryl, “and move out of Reno. We’ve been here all my life.”

Some will continue their education in the fall, but almost all of these teens are looking for a summer job. “I’ve applied,” says Louis Torres. “I haven’t gotten nothing yet, but I know I’ll get something someday.” He says he has experience working with cars, and would like to find a job where he can show off his skills.

Seasonal work has been hard to find for many teens because adults, who are out of work, have snapped up the jobs that were once considered too temporary or low-paying. Erika Nunez was lucky. She got a job working at a day camp run by the City of Reno. The City’s Recreation Manager, Johnathan Skinner says many teens were hired this year to work at pools, day camps and help with grounds maintenance. To get those jobs, many candidates began applying as early as February.

Experts say sticking with an employer is one way to improve your chances of getting hired. Nunez had worked for Reno before. Raymond Sanchez says after spending two years working at a shipping warehouse, many of his friends approached him looking for a summer job.

Most retail agencies have completed their seasonal hiring. For those still looking for fulltime or temporary work National Career Fair is holding an event at the Grand Sierra Resort on Monday, June 13t. It runs from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Potential employers include Cricket Wireless, Wells Fargo, Pizza Hut and Arrow Electronics.

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