The March job picture looked better than expected. The U.S. economy added 216,000 positions, making unemployment dip down to 8.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
With 13 months of slow but steady job growth, some experts believe that we've turned a corner. Employment placement giant Adecco Staffing U.S. is bullish about job prospects well into summer. And typical summer job seekers, teens and college age who were hit hard by the recession, will be in for a surprise this season.
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Adecco Senior Vice President Rebecca Rogers-Tijerino told WalletPop in telephone and email interviews that those with backgrounds in health care and finance will be in demand this summer. Banks and analyst programs are once again on the lookout for talent. Those with engineering skills, especially technical, design and computer-driven drafting, will also fare well this year. Meanwhile, look for summer-related positions, like ones in hospitality in summer zones, lawn and garden-related positions as well as retail sales around technology that is hot.
Another encouraging sign: while unpaid internships remain the majority of summer positions for teens and those in college, the number of paid internships have increased since last summer, said Rogers-Tijerino.
Treat It Like a Real Job Hunt
Competition for summer jobs will remain fierce since 13.5 million adults remain unemployed. Start your search now, apply to multiple places, and be persistent, recommended Rogers-Tijerino. Most summer jobs will have been filled by end of May.
As you compete against peers and adults, be smart about how you tailor your resume or experience to the position. "Identify a class or a lab or a project that you worked on in college or university that would align with this job and how well you did," she added. "You need something that is tangible and proof to the employer that this is not only your desire but that you also have the skills and motivation to do well in the job."
When filling out a job application, take the time to fill it out correctly and completely. Employers will weed out the paperwork containing spelling and grammatical mistakes, illegible writing and missing information.
Whether you need summer employment to further your career or to save enough for school expenses in the fall, every position can be a learning experience. Participate as much as possible. Ask questions to get insights in the profession you're working in. Sometimes learning what you don't like and aren't strong in is as helpful as learning what you're good at.
Take this opportunity to meet and maintain a dialogue with those you get face-time with during the summer, especially if the position is in your industry of choice. "Whether it's a college professor, a former boss or past colleagues, they are key to your finding your next position," said Rogers-Tijerino. Become active in the industry's professional associations. "Many have job databases and insights that apply directly to the industry you're hoping to find your next job in," she added. Networking is not just for adults.
4 Tips on Landing a Summer Job