CHICAGO (AP) - The summer job outlook for teens is a little better this year, but still pretty dim.
Rick Cobb of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas says there's been a slight increase in summer job creation compared with last year, but that was the worst year since the 1950s.
Cobb says there has been some growth in the retail sector and the hospitality and restaurant industry. However, he says teens looking for summer jobs face competition from older, more experienced workers who fell victim to massive layoffs.
Tech-savvy teens may have an advantage with online job searches, but Cobb says the best way to find work is to be face-to-face with people who can hire you, or who know someone who can.
He says even in good economies the best jobs are not the ones that are advertised.
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