CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - For those in search of a summer job, the future is looking good. Snag-a-Job-dot says managers plan to increase hiring by 10% compared to last year. The report also says we could see hourly wages jump up to $11.50.
But experts warn you shouldn't waste any time, since a majority of the hiring will take place this month and next. An important thing to keep in mind as you visit an employer: you only get one chance to make a first impression.
"You might be thinking as a young person, 'well I'll just pickup the application and I'll get an interview later'. But that first visit to the employer is your first interview--so play it smart", advises Bill Ward, President/CEO of the Regional Employment Board.
Chicopee High senior, Nico Facchini played it smart and came out on top.
"I filled out the application, and once I filled it out I got an interview right away and then they hired me in the spot," said Facchini.
Others say, it's all about who you know.
"Most of the friends that I have, they only have jobs because they know people that work there. But some of them are still looking...it's more difficult for them because they don't have any experience", Chicopee High Junior, Nicole Modzelewski told 22News.
One obstacle many teens have been up against these past few summers: they're competing against adult applicants.
"I'd be nervous about interviewing because I haven't had a job before, and I know there's a lot of competition", said Siarra Ortiz, a junior at Chicopee High School.
"But some people can still find a job if they show that they want the job and they try their hardest to get it", said Facchini.
Persistence can pay-off, regardless of how old you are.