A lot of young people compete for a limited number of positions this time of year, but one resource arms those aged 14 to 22 with useful strategies.
"We have a group of counselors that specialize in that age group," Martin Aguirre, Workforce Solutions CEO said.
Aguirre said they are on a mission to build the local labor force and counselors on staff recognize the need for teens to earn summer money.
"We do have some families that are disadvantaged and underprivileged. Those families need teens to work during the summer to afford their school clothes and help with tuition and books if they're in college," Aguirre said. However, a paycheck isn't the only benefit that comes with summer employment.
"Teens gain the ability to learn jobs and to explore jobs, you may try something that you realize you don't want to do," Aguirre said.
Aguirre advises brushing up on age-related working regulations that apply to youth not working for their parents. "Ages 14 to 17, you can't do any hazardous work. You can do customer service work and basically non-motorized work. You can't really be out using chainsaws and power equipment," Aguirre said. "Ages 18 and up you're fully able to any job in the market.
One way to get the job-search started is to hit the internet.
"We have workingtexas.com which is an online job search tool utility," Aguirre said.
Also, teens interested in job-search assistance can contact the Workforce Solutions Career Center to meet with a youth counselor. Contact information is posted on this website under the "Seen On" tab.