High school and college students will soon be looking for that summer job. And the prospects for landing that job are mixed this year.
Two surveys are out from two well respected job placement organizations about the summer job forecast, with two different opinions. But both agree... get started now to land that job.
Summer is a time when teenagers are out of school, and many are getting their first taste of working, and pulling in a paycheck. How does the summer of 2011 look? Well, depends on the survey.
Challenger, Gray and Christmas says seasonal job opportunities will show little improvement over the historic hiring lows in the summer of 2010. Budget cuts at the federal, state and local levels are partly to blame. With less funding, government summer employment programs are offering fewer jobs.
SnagAJob.com has a rosier forecast. Its survey found more than half (55%) of hiring managers say they plan to hire seasonal workers this summer. That's the highest percentage since it started the survey four years ago. And SnagAJob found those who score summer jobs will be paid better, too. $10.90 an hour, on average, a 7% increase over last summer's $10.20.
While the surveys may differ, the bottom line is, the competition for summer jobs will be tough, and the advice is to get started now.