Looking for Summer Help? Hire Youth!
Many students’ first step into the world of work begins with a summer job. But research suggests that many youth lack the informal, social networks and relevant work experience, which are the two most powerful tools for acquiring employment.
To address the challenges facing younger workers the Employment Development Department (EDD), in partnership with your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM, are here to help employers with hiring youth. Read below to find out more.
But first, did you know:
- California’s labor force was made up of 19.2 million workers in February 2017 – 2.4 million of which were between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Four out of every 10 of the Golden State’s younger workers were employed in either the retail trade or accommodation and food services industries in February 2017.
Visit a local America’s Job Center of California
Your local America’s Job Center of California can offer focused recruitment campaigns for your summer hiring needs, assistance promoting your vacancies, facilities to interview applicants, and more.
Go Online with CalJOBSSM
CalJOBS is California’s virtual job center with access to thousands of job seekers statewide.
With CalJOBS you can:
- Post job openings.
- Browse résumés.
- Set up a virtual recruiter to find the right candidates for you.
If you are looking to hire students for summer positions, there are a few things to consider.
Hiring students in the summer has an advantage because they have flexible schedules to meet your business needs. But often their summer includes plans for vacation or required activities that are tied to school (possibly college admission if they are still high school), and they may need some flexibility in return. Be clear right from the start about your expectations for taking time off for those activities while ensuring that the job gets done.
- Make it About More than Money
Although it’s a summer job and most students are using it as a way to earn some needed cash, some employers offer additional training or learning opportunities. Students may find those opportunities beneficial to their future career path and want to take advantage of them. Knowing those types of opportunities are available can help attract future students to your organization as well.
- Advertise Your Vacancies in Multiple Outlets
As mentioned above, you can use CalJOBS to post your job openings and look for candidates. You can also place vacancies:
- On college job boards and with local schools.
- On job search websites that list temporary or student jobs.
- Through organizations that work with youth or parents.
- On your organization’s social media channels. You can even ask other organizations that work with youth to share it through their social media channels.