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Career Highlight – Summer Jobs

Summer and part-time jobs are not just a source of income, but can also help you develop important work and leadership skills that will give you an edge for your entire career. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to meet new people who may become lifelong friends or mentors. However, just 45 percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 were employed in August 2011 – significantly lower than the 54.5 percent employed five years ago. If you’re interested in a summer or part-time job, here is some information to help you prepare for and land a job that suits you. Start now!

1) If you are younger than age 16, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines some restrictions on the hours that you can legally work. There are also federal laws that prohibit workers under age 18 from working in hazardous occupations. Try the FLSA Child Labor Rules Advisor to check for restrictions that might apply to you.

2) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration promote summer job safety.

3) Take advantage of the Job Search tools, the online directory of Utah companies in FirmFind, plus a great article – “Simmering for a Summer Job” – offered by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

4) The U. S. Department of Labor is launching a Summer Jobs + Jobs Bank! You can sign up here to be notified when the site goes live.

Finally, social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) are used more frequently and in innovative ways by job seekers and employers alike. Be thoughtful and responsible as you post, but don’t be afraid to enlist the support of followers and friends as search for opportunities.

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