Recent data shows a precipitous drop in summer employment of teens age 16-19. In 2000 about 52% had jobs. Now it is only about 32%. The minority communities are hardest hit with only 9% of low income Blacks a 15% of low income Hispanics having work.
Traditionally, summer work prepares teens to enter the adult work force and work their way up the career ladder. With less entry level work and minimum wage increases killing jobs it is tough out there.
Some ideas to break into the workforce:
1. Make yourself more valuable. There is always room for hard workers with a good attitude.
2. Dress for success. Get some real clothes to have a real job.
3. Be cheerful and pleasant. If you’re not happy working they can find someone who will be.
4. Clean up your act. Dopers, drunkards, and dirty talkers are losers in the workplace as well as in life.
5. Avoid idleness. If you can’t get paying work give your services to your church or a charity to keep your work skills from decaying. Someone will notice.
6. Learn new skills. There are plenty of ways to earn money that do not require a college degree.
7. Become literate. It’s not too late to learn to read, speak and write.
8. Be a giver. When you work do more than expected and your value to your employer will increase. So will your pay.
9. Don’t play the blame game. People overcome adversity every day by moving forward, not blaming others.
10. Have faith. Faith consists of acting on your beliefs and hopes. Without it you get nowhere.
11. Don’t quit. You can change your circumstances if you keep trying.
‘Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.’ – Proverbs 10:4