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Youth Workforce Resources – 2013
Are you interested in summer and/or part-time employment this year? Are you looking for your first “real” job after completing high school, training, or college? Finding a job if you have little or no previous work experience isn’t easy. Although the economy is showing definite signs of improvement, it is still a tough labor market for EVERYONE again this summer. If you have already started applying for jobs but haven’t yet lined up one, or if you plan to start looking over spring break, you may want to explore the following resources:

Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Career Centers provide job search resources for job seekers of all ages, including workshops designed to help prepare an effective résumé, complete an application, or conduct a successful interview, as well as information about job fairs. To find out what services are available in your area, contact the most convenient GDOL Career Center. Also, find out about Job Fairs and Other Events in your area.

Georgia’s 20 local workforce areas provide year-round Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services for low-income youth, and some may also offer limited summer work experiences. To find out about WIA youth services available in your community, visit the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to find the local WIA One-Stop Center serving your county of residence. In many areas of the state, this will be a GDOL career center.

The Department of Human Services operates the summer TeenWork program for select TANF and foster care youth. For information about the 2013 program, call 404-463-7288 or contact your local Department of Family & Children Services office.

Federal and State child labor laws help to ensure youth under age 18 are employed in a safe workplace. If you are under age 18, find additional information about child labor laws , or start a work permit online.

Internships, either paid or unpaid, provide on-the-job training for professional careers. Interns generally work for low (or no) wages to gain experience in a particular field. Besides gaining valuable work experience, internships can help you determine if you have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, and/or gain school credit. Visit your school’s career advisement or placement office, and check out free online sites, for example:
Georgia County Internships Program

There are many online resources targeting youth that may help you line up a job, for example:
The Beehive
Simply Hired
Got a Job

Many community- and faith-based organizations rely heavily on dependable summer volunteers. While not providing a pay check, volunteer experience can be rewarding in many ways. For example, you can learn about yourself and your community, develop new skills, and gain experience to build your résumé. Local opportunities may include Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, schools, day care centers, libraries, summer camps, humane societies, city, county, and state governments, and parks. Explore opportunities by contacting organizations directly, or check out the following web sites:

Volunteers of America
Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism
Hands On Atlanta
Youth Services America
Habitat for Humanity
Do Something
Summer Jobs (a micro site of DirectEmployers Association)

Summer camp or park and recreation jobs, in Georgia or out-of-state, are a “first job” for many youth. If you’re interested in this kind of job, you may want to explore the following resources:
Summer Camps
American Camp Association
Camp Channel

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Think about identifying services busy neighbors (or busy parents) are willing to pay for, such as dog walking, lawn care, child care, house cleaning, painting, meal preparation, shopping, or chauffeuring children to summer events. Or, you may have a product idea (e.g., t-shirt design) that leads to a small business with a few like-minded friends. Check out the following resources:

Young Entrepreneur Council
Young Entrepreneurs Program
Small Business Administration/Teen Business Link
Mind Your Own Business
Georgia Microenterprise Network

Network, network, network… Routinely remind everyone you come in contact with that you’re looking for a job. Family, neighbors, friends, and people doing the job you’re interested in are all great contacts. Ask about hiring at your local mini mart, mall, grocery store, arcade, pool…

If you’re a current high school or college student, guidance/career counselors and student employment centers are often valuable resources for snagging a summer job. Or, this summer might be the time to take that class you’ve never been able to fit into your schedule, either online or at your school or nearby technical college. The class may be for credit, or for personal growth as you pursue an area of interest. You may prefer a structured class setting, or the flexibility to learn on your own at your own pace. Who knows, this may be the time to learn photography, develop a web site, or master that new software package you’re interested in.

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