For the fifth straight year, Snagajob polled hiring managers charged with summer hiring to get a lay of the land and set expectations for the summer hiring season. While the results showed that summer hiring levels are expected to remain close to last year, we uncovered some notable differences for this year’s hiring season.
First and foremost, employers are starting their summer hiring earlier than before. Nearly half of hiring managers said they will complete their summer hiring in April. The applicant make-up is also expected to change. As fewer older and more experienced workers seek summer employment, teens will be competing among themselves for open jobs. Finally, for the first time ever, availability was named the most important attribute in a summer hire, trumping attitude and experience.
So what does all of this mean for hiring managers?
If you wait to post your summer jobs, you’ll miss the boat. With availability topping the list of attributes and employers starting to hire earlier this year, the best summer job candidates with the greatest schedule flexibility will be snatched up quickly. Posting your summer jobs now will give you the best advantage to recruit and hire a productive summer workforce.
Read what else people are saying about the summer hiring season.
CEO on summer jobs
National Business Report
Summer jobs filled earlier this year
Washington Business Journal, Phoenix Business Journal
Summer hiring levels expected to be even this year
Annual Snagajob summer job survey shows steady improvement
Summer job survey shows steady improvement
Hiring improves for summer job market
Nation’s Restaurant News
New York Post
Summer job market improves for teens
Personal finance: hiring of teenagers heats up
Summer employment looking a bit better for teenagers
San Antonio Express
Summer hiring outlook similar to last year’s, Snagajob says
Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog
Teens, start looking now for summer jobs
Tampa Bay Times
Want a summer job? Start now!
The Orange County Register
Summer hiring heats up for teens
The new economy
Christian Science Monitor
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