By April, many high school students are already longing for summer. Prom and final tests are mile markers along the homestretch of the school year, and they’re also cues for teens to start searching for summer jobs.

Before the recession, many employers were begging for workers, says Rick Parker, senior vice president of marketing for Snagajob.com, a job-hunting website with a focus on hourly positions. “But it’s a different ball game today,” Parker notes, and teens often compete with older, more experienced applicants for the same jobs. Parents can help teens get a leg up on their competition by applying to summer jobs now using these tips from Parker.

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