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TOPIC: Teens, seniors compete for summer jobs
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he summer job market is upon us, and the good news is that there are likely to be more openings. The most recent annual summer jobs survey by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that even after a sharp increase in teen employment last summer, more openings are likely this year.

A second survey, by snagajob, an hourly employment network, found that 19 percent of the hiring managers who responded plan to hire summer help, up from 9 percent in 2012, and more of them think it will be "easy" for teens to find work.

That's a good thing, since these days, high school and college students aren't the only ones looking for summer employment. With so many people over 60 out of work for lengthy periods or looking for supplemental income, the jobs competition between teens and older workers may be heated.

"I'd be foolish to say they don't compete with each other," said Kerry Hannon, the author of "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+."

Hannon says older workers are attracted to a wide range of seasonal jobs, some of which draw younger workers as well. "When they do job fairs for Major League Baseball and amusement parks like Six Flags, you see a lot of retirees showing up to apply," she said. But older workers also seek opportunities that younger applicants may skip, like work in RV parks that enables them to go cruising over the summer, or hiring themselves out as summer tutors.

In any case, high school and college students seeking jobs may have less competition than they think from their peers. In 2012, only 1.2 million indicated they wanted jobs, according to Challenger, Gray.

"We're not in a culture where students work as teens the way they used to. When I grew up, you worked at drugstores and grocery stores and clothes stores. I painted houses and I mowed lawns," said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray. "It's not as built into the culture today. They go to summer school. They go to camps."

One company that regularly adds to its workforce in the summer months is Home Depot. The company recently announced it will take on 80,000 seasonal workers this summer, up from the roughly 70,000 it added last summer.

"Spring is our Christmas," said Stephen Holmes, a company spokesman, adding that the retailer has openings for everything from "loaders in the garden centers to cashiers to sales associates."

There are also plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities, Challenger said. "Teens that have technical skills, programming skills, even Power Point skills, can do tech service and support. They can really find some high paying jobs that used to not really be available to teens."

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I am thinking some middle aged unemplyed folks might want to jump into the mix as well.

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Frank used his days as a Six Flags fry cook to perfect the Twinkie deep-fry process.

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Brick 6 Flags is fukt.

Say that 5 times fast, please.

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And the sound of woooooosh is deafening!

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"About 5 years ago I worked at Six Flags in the Food Service Administration"

Six Flags over Brick?

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First thought that came to mind was some 70 year old dude working the surf board rental stand at the shore.

Gnarly.

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he summer job market is upon us, and the good news is that there are likely to be more openings. The most recent annual summer jobs survey by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that even after a sharp increase in teen employment last summer, more openings are likely this year.

A second survey, by snagajob, an hourly employment network, found that 19 percent of the hiring managers who responded plan to hire summer help, up from 9 percent in 2012, and more of them think it will be "easy" for teens to find work.

That's a good thing, since these days, high school and college students aren't the only ones looking for summer employment. With so many people over 60 out of work for lengthy periods or looking for supplemental income, the jobs competition between teens and older workers may be heated.

"I'd be foolish to say they don't compete with each other," said Kerry Hannon, the author of "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+."

Hannon says older workers are attracted to a wide range of seasonal jobs, some of which draw younger workers as well. "When they do job fairs for Major League Baseball and amusement parks like Six Flags, you see a lot of retirees showing up to apply," she said. But older workers also seek opportunities that younger applicants may skip, like work in RV parks that enables them to go cruising over the summer, or hiring themselves out as summer tutors.

In any case, high school and college students seeking jobs may have less competition than they think from their peers. In 2012, only 1.2 million indicated they wanted jobs, according to Challenger, Gray.

"We're not in a culture where students work as teens the way they used to. When I grew up, you worked at drugstores and grocery stores and clothes stores. I painted houses and I mowed lawns," said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray. "It's not as built into the culture today. They go to summer school. They go to camps."

One company that regularly adds to its workforce in the summer months is Home Depot. The company recently announced it will take on 80,000 seasonal workers this summer, up from the roughly 70,000 it added last summer.

"Spring is our Christmas," said Stephen Holmes, a company spokesman, adding that the retailer has openings for everything from "loaders in the garden centers to cashiers to sales associates."

There are also plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities, Challenger said. "Teens that have technical skills, programming skills, even Power Point skills, can do tech service and support. They can really find some high paying jobs that used to not really be available to teens."

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