As the weather heats up, so does the job search for teenagers looking for summer work.
Career Builder describes the summer job forecast as steadily improving, but teenagers looking for their first paycheck are struggling.
"It doesn't really matter as long as I get paid something," said Wausau East sophomore Akeisha Myers, 16.
Myers says she's applied for several jobs, but hasn't been able to land any work. It's a similar case for Wausau East senior Chue Vue, 18.
"Right now it doesn't really matter to me, any job works because I'm actually in the struggle for money and I really need money for college," said Vue.
But even if some employers are ready to pull the trigger on hiring, teenagers with little experience are having little luck finding employment.
"I've applied for retail, food service kind of jobs, anywhere around the area that's been hiring," said Tess Mitchell, a junior at Wausau East.
Mitchell has retained a seasonal job in Wausau, but hasn't been able to find something year-round.
Wausau East's career center coordinator says some local employers have contacted the school to recruit teens specifically, but it's up to teens to show initiative.
"For the most part students need to get out and look for the jobs actively on their own," said Sheila Frederick. "What I try to equip them with is a resume and some job interview skills."
Employers that hire teens are looking for young people who can work a flexible schedule, including weekends, and have a positive attitude.
If teenage go-tos like restaurants and retailers haven't called back, teens can ask neighbors if they need help with lawn care or dog walking.
Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.
Woody Guthrie wrote and adapted more than a thousand songs, many of them are about the struggles of workers and the poor in the United States.