Teens compete with adults for summer jobs

Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 10:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Teenagers who lined up in beige folding chairs at a Six Flags amusement park job fair last month continually repeated the gripe: The hunt for summer work is brutal. Teens across the nation are facing a similar plight: They need summer jobs for car insurance, college funds and spending money, but the prospects are bleak. Six Flags says it has seen more adult applicants this year.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:38 PM

Does this mean service will improve?

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:57 PM

^Right. Because there's no such thing as irresponsible Adults..

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:07 PM

For what it's worth, I know a couple of fast food managers that work in the burbs of Cleveland. They've noticed an increase of retired/unemployed applicants over the last several years. Nine times out of ten, they said they'd hire the retired and/or unemployed adults over teens because they work better, seldom call off and have a better attitude.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:27 PM

That's interesting. I work with some professionals who make a decent salary who don't fall into those categories. : \

Last edited by Carrie M., Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:29 PM
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:27 PM

..and at BGE.. I see them sleep a lot.. ;) course they are at the Rhine River and thats only soo exciting an attraction..

I dunno.. Ive been to parks where Ive seen teens work just as hard as the adults.. Granted the odds of a more responsible adult is probably higher than a kid, I think kids are just as capable..

Course I must agree.. The retired are definitely less apt to "act out" while working.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:36 PM

Hopefully this does not turn into a teen vs. adult debate.

But it's true. The older you get, the more seriously you will take a job, especially if that job is paying for the house, or food. Most teens have the luxury of living at home, and not having to worry too much about bills. I understand that this will impact a teen's ability to save for school.


When I was a teen, I never had to worry too much about anything, and it should be that way. No teens should spend those years worrying about bills, and if they can put food on the table.

Last edited by El Gato Coastro, Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:39 PM
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:52 PM

I dunno... I take work less seriously if I don't believe it enriches me in some way (beyond cash flow). I feel stronger about that every year.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 4:13 PM

Or, more to the point, the more applicants you total, regardless of any demographic, the better your average employee will be.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 5:20 PM

True, Andy. When you can be more selective it generally raises the bar some.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 5:58 PM

My last SFGADV visit I was impressed to see more older adults employed for security and landscaping talking to guests. They seemed to have the guests' attention. It seemed genuine and better as an experience walking by.

Last edited by CHILLERLC1, Wednesday, May 6, 2009 5:58 PM
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:04 PM

Jeff said:
I dunno... I take work less seriously if I don't believe it enriches me in some way (beyond cash flow). I feel stronger about that every year.

Hmm.. I did spend most of my day today surfing Coaster Buzz and other blog sites.. But.. ehh.. gov't picks up that tab today :)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:38 PM

Wasn't it just a year or two ago when the parks and piers had trouble finding enough people to fill all the spots they had to fill? Hopefully, this will get rid of the "I don't care, I can get a job anywhere" attitude.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 6:00 AM

I belive you're right.

On thr otherhand, I think it'll take a lot more than this to change a teen's attitude. There are jobs out there, but many of them you actually have WORK at and get dirty. I don't mind busting my butt, because getting a paycheck, I also get a good workout. No gym needed. :)

Some teens don't want to get one spec of filth on their $50 Holister t-shirt or $100 sneakers. PLEASE!!!! IT'S ONLY DIRT!!!! IT WILL WASH OFF!!!!

Thank god my parents tought me the value of having a good set of work cloths you don't feel bad about.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:53 AM

I don't think for some people it's the idea of dirt. In many cases, it's the idea of discipline and following a routine. And having to listen to other people, follow rules, and not just do as you please.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:03 PM

RatherGoodBear is correct on his assumption. I work at a fast food restaurant that hires more teens than adults and see exactly what he just described everyday. I happen to be my managers' favorite teen crew member, because I will do the work when I am asked. But most of the rest of the crew will simply go...I dont want to do that, or thats too much work, or they will just go hide in a corner and text their friends. It's a sad but true reality.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:35 PM

I've had a similar situation in a temp gig i'm working. I work one day a week at an auto auction. The past couple of weeks, I've worked in a difrfent area from normal.

The boss in said area has REQUESTED me for the next couple of weeks because I keep moving an am always looking for the next car to be dealt with.

I told him, "I'm here to work, not stand around. You let me know what to do, and it'll get done."

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:52 PM

Is anyone on this board a slacker teen? That's who I really want to talk to! ;)

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:35 PM

I never was a slacker teen.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:38 PM

I can tell just by lookin' that you were the typical slacker! ;)

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