A lot has been said about City Council’s recent approval of a bill introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. on Mayor-elect Michael Nutter’s behalf to encourage the hiring of ex-offenders. This is a great policy and business owners should heed the call to hire these ex-offenders. However, local business owners should also use this holiday season (a time of increased part-time employment) to hire Philadelphia teens. Every employer from retailer to restaurant is currently looking for part-time help. These are not necessarily the type of jobs that ex-offenders need to build a more stable life -- rather these are the jobs that teach young people about the importance of working, and keep them busy and productive. As one of the co-founders of MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens, an employment site for high school and college students, I often hear adults complain that teenagers these days are not interested in working, but it is just not true – every day our site is overwhelmed by local teenagers looking for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. And teens are often great employees. However, there is often a disconnect between local business owners and this large potential labor force. If you are looking for part-time employees (or volunteers or interns), the first step is to put a sign in your window. But by taking the quick and easy step of placing ads on sites like ours, craiglist.org, and facebook.com, you can greatly increase your presence in the teen market. You can also use many city-wide programs that help connect local businesses with young people eager to work. Businesses are run to make money, but if you run a business, you also have a chance this season to give an opportunity to somebody who can repay the favor. Please make the extra effort. Those who benefit will remember your help their whole lives.
"Looking back you never forget the person who helped you get your first job." Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago Sun-Times, April 12, 1969
We're honored to be in the business of helping people get their first jobs. We know that putting people to work is an important task, and are eager to take it on. Hopefully other local business owners will realize the importance, and benefits, of hiring teens and start posting their jobs on MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens
This article from MSNBC is titled, Holiday hiring not expected to be generous. But I think there is a lot of good inspiring information in there. "
Central Ohio-based major retailers, such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Limited Brands Inc., Big Lots Inc. and Tween Brands Inc., have said holiday hiring is business as usual - so far.
Jennifer Ortiz Brown, Limited Brands spokeswoman, said the company
began hiring for seasonal positions in October and has not yet
determined whether it is a good market ...Ortiz Brown said
the company plans to add 60,000 employees for the holiday season, which
accounts for 43 percent of the total annual staffing for the company." This article also makes the point that companies know that teens are great employees. Go out there and start applying to the jobs you see on our MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens today
George's 'EmploymentBlawg' always provides useful and interesting job information, but I think they have a particularly brilliant link today, check it out! Thanks for your help promoting MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens George. Would anybody else like me to guest post?
No matter how they started out, part of what makes business leaders successful is their ability to learn something at every step. A great article about first jobs of CEO's and what they gained from them. The most important thing to take from this article is, "All of them--and arguably all CEOs, no matter the size of their companies--learned at least some of the leadership skills they employ today from their more humble beginnings."
A great story about a program at the Eatonville Boys & Girls Club in Fl. created to help disadvantaged youth find outlets for their ambition. An interesting quote from Economics professor Patrick Mason, director of African-American studies at Florida State University, says "Research on how people find a job showed that lower-income people tend to search the help-wanted ads, which is the least efficient way of finding employment." The most efficient? "Know somebody who is already at the place where you want to work."
Help-wanted ads are tough because they are so broad, one of the great things about myfirstpaycheck.com is that employers are targeting a specific demographic, but networking is important, and once you find a job, make sure to help others in the position that you were.