Young People And The Current Job Market

By: James Johnson Email
By: James Johnson Email

Jobs, jobs, jobs.... we all need them but the current job market is causing problems for young people. College students have experienced a decline in job opportunities. In 2000, 72% of 20 to 24 year olds were employed, that rate has since declined to 61% in 2011. 23-year-old Tomas Alejandro says how much employers are willing to pay is also a factor.

"Most people want the jobs that pay you the most. In Laredo they pay minimum wage even though you have a diploma and that effects what you want to do."

Not taking a job due to pay is one thing but what do young people do in order to land that potential job that they're interested in? 19-year-old Raymundo Iruejas says it's all about selling yourself.

"Be confident and know what your going to be facing and think of how much effort you put into that job. It's a matter of presenting yourself to management and asking what can I do for that company."

Young people tell me the hardest part about getting a job is their lack of experience. They realize how competitive the job market can be and is why they try and get references from friends.

16-year-old Abby Montoy is currently looking for a job and says asking friends where to apply seems to work.

"I ask my friends if they're hiring. I know a lot of friends got hired at Sonic that got recommendations from other friends.

So what advice do young people have for their peers?

"Apply for as many jobs as you can."
"Keep going don't give up someone needs your help."
"Ask people, look proper and speak right."

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