Despite some slowing, the economy offers ample opportunities for those seeking summer jobs.
“We’ve only recently begun to report some monthly losses in construction and manufacturing, but especially in the services sector, the economy looks very vibrant for job seekers,” said Don Wehbey, senior economist with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. “We’ve got an unemployment rate that’s about 4 percent, which is full employment and suggests that most people who are looking for jobs can find them.”
A summer job can be more than either tearing tickets at a movie theater or bagging groceries at the supermarket.
“I highly encourage people that if they are going to school and if they can get ... some experience between seasons, that is an exceptional opportunity that helps to solidify their chances when they do finally get out of school,” Wehbey said.
Summer is a good time for students interested in a particular industry to get a foot in the door through an entry-level job with a related company, Wehbey said.
Employers of all types are looking for part-time help to cover for full-time employees on vacation, he said.
For younger, unskilled job seekers, employers are interested in people who are punctual, courteous toward fellow workers and clients, and interested in learning and progressing, Wehbey said.
“It’s not technical, it’s just being able to perform as an employer would need,” he said.