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Teen Employment Week Offers Teens a Special Edge in Jobseeking

By: Marcey Evans

Landing a job will be a little easier for teens visiting the Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road) on April 9 – 11. It’s Teen Employment Week.

Teens! This week is all about YOU! It's Teen Employment Week on April 9-11.Targeting the youngest members of today’s workforce, this series of seminars will help to educate youth on drafting their resumes, handling tough interview questions, and gaining work experience while still in school.

“Teens are not only competing with other teens for a limited number of jobs, but they are competing against adults who have more experience, better references, and who can work longer hours,” said Youth Services Librarian Jason Sharp. “Attending these programs will save countless hours of researching (job) material online, so teens do not have to learn through trial and error. We will provide inside information that interviewers do not typically talk about,” he said.

Programs offered during Teen Employment Week are:

       Write Your First Resume
       Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
       Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road) 
       Teens are asked to bring their resumes, if they have one.

       Job Corps Program
       Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
       Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road)

       Get the Job
       Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
       Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road)

Library employees say the benefits of Teen Employment Week are far-reaching. “Youth need to know which opportunities are out there,” said Everna Andrews, Humanities library manager at Central Library. “This is a chance for teens to interact with people in a professional setting. We (Librarians) want to help place youth on streets that lead to highways of opportunity,” she said.

Despite tough economic times, Library employees say teens have a special edge in the field of work. “Although the job market is really hard right now, things are not hopeless for teenagers,” Sharp said. “Teens’ greatest strengths are their enthusiasm, energy, and potential. Good hiring managers will look for tomorrow’s managers and CEOs when hiring at lower (experience) levels today. And enthusiastic teenagers will be the best place to find them,” he concluded.

For more information on Teen Employment Week, call Marcey Evans at (901) 463-3055, (901) 415-2846, or email marcey.evans@memphistn.gov.