One Group Knows how to Find a Job: Teens

July 3, 2012

Interviewing, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - how to find a jobWant to know how to find a job in today’s challenging hiring market? Take a lesson from your local teen.
That’s right. The odds are good that the teen living next door to you has already landed a summer job. That job might involve flipping burgers or patrolling the local community pool, but still, that teen was able to find a new job.

And that teen isn’t unusual. According to the latest employment data, teens are actually succeeding at job hunting this summer. Maybe you really can learn something from the younger generation.

Enthusiasm is Key

Those teens who land summer jobs often have one thing in common: they’re enthusiastic. And this enthusiasm shows up when they apply for open positions.

Don’t think this isn’t important. Today’s adult job seekers can be forgiven for being gloomy. The national unemployment rate remains stuck above eight percent. Many adults have been searching for jobs for a year or longer with no success.

Unfortunately, the desperation and pessimism that comes with this can often show up during job interviews. And it’s something that managers and executives can sense.

The Power of Positive Thinking

It sounds corny, but a positive attitude is important when looking for new work. If you appear confident and optimistic during a job interview, you’ll make a good impression on those interviewing you. Managers will remember this when it’s time to make a hiring decision.

Of course, a positive attitude alone won’t win you any job offers. You need the skills that companies desire. You’ll need the right experience. And you’ll need to shine while answering those tough interview questions.

But a positive attitude does help, even if you have to fake it while searching for a job.

Teens in the Workplace

By the way, those teen job-seeking numbers this summer have been impressive. According to a story by the Associated Press, teens are landing jobs this summer in higher numbers than they have since 2006.

According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the number of 16- to 19-year-olds hired this May came to 157,000. That’s more than double the 71,000 teens who landed summer jobs last May.

If you need advice on how to find a job like a teen – or like any successfully employed adult – sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today. We can give you the advice you need to land a job this year.

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