Last updated: June 06. 2014 10:12AM - 279 Views
By Brett McCloskey Steele journalism student

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With the school year at an end, some Amherst teens are taking to the streets to grab their very first summer jobs.

The job market is looking sunny for teens this summer, according to Irene Vega, a former human resources director for numerous companies, including Kmart and Sears.

“There has never been a better time than now for teenagers to get a job. Companies want fresh faces and lots of energy for the summer rush,” she said.

Teen employment has seen a rise of about five percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a study by www.snagajob.com. The same study showed nearly 30 percent of teens surveyed believe it will be easy to snag a summer job.

Vega says the sooner teens fill out an application the better.

“They should start applying right away, we love when the kids come right out of high school and show initiative. They’re going to be the first ones in the interview room in a competitive job market,” she said.

Those who have started the summer job chase believe it will be worth it in the long run.

Steele High School senior Joe Karsaye said he hopes the work experience will help him get into his dream college.

“I really think colleges will be impressed to see that I have some work experience under my belt. I want them to see that I’m mature and can be successful in a working environment,” he said.

Sophomore Lance Gaffney put in applications to many businesses as well in hopes of having some summer spending cash. She wants to harness her summer vacation to save up for a car.

However, some are shying away from getting summer jobs for various reasons.

Junior Chase Atwood does not want a summer job because he believes his schedule is already full.

“Between vacationing, hanging out with friends, and training for fall sports starting soon, I just don’t have any time for a summer job,” he said.

Freshman Torrey Lofton also wants to just to take the time to enjoy her summer: “I’m only going to be this young for so long. I don’t want to miss out on this experience. The money would be nice, but I have the rest of my life to work.”

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