High Unemployment Rates for Young Adults Cause for Concern
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on May 23, 2013 @ 9:56AM
Created on May 22, 2013 @ 6:00PM
Many people out there are without jobs everyday, but it's even worse for young adults. A new survey found unemployment is double the state average for people ages 16 to 24.
Some of the problem for young people is that they don't know how to market themselves to potential employers. That's causing them to get passed over for people more experienced.
Career counselors said that you need to make your skills known to someone who may hire you.
Even if you just worked a summer job, the skills you picked up there may help you get a job in your field later down the line.
Another thing they suggest is to network yourself and get internships.
Potential employers are more likely to hire you if you've already spent some time at their company.
Finally, counselors said to realize you aren't going to start at the top.
Many times, you have to work your way up at a company, and work long hours for little pay, but they said if you pay your dues, it could pay off in the long run.
"Sometimes, they're just sort of floundering after college trying to find any job. So, if they come up with a good job search strategy, and they target companies, they see what skills those companies are looking for. Sometimes it's what personalities those companies are looking for. They can start to modify their skills, their personalities, whatever it may take to be noticed by those companies," said Lisa Reed, director of career services and student employment at Davis and Elkins College.
Young people even said they think a lot of the problem is that many young adults think everything should be handed to them.
"To tell you the truth, I think it goes 50-50. Some of them do work hard for it because they want that good job, they want that career, not a job. Some people think it'll be handed to me, it'll be okay," said Chaz Webster, a student at D&E.
Counselors said you should start your job search early, and market yourself as much as possible.
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