Summer Job Market Tough Test for Students

Jace Taylor is a part time super hero. He spends every summer protecting kids at the Tyler Swim and Tennis Club. But for the rest of the year, he's just like the rest of us. "I need to make money for the school year. I have to pay bills, pay for apartment, car insurance, gas, food everything."

So it's fortunate he has the Assistant Manager job waiting at the pool when classes let out. "I've worked here for five summers since I was 15 years old. I was contacted by the pool manager to see if she needed an assistant manager for the summer. She called me up and asked if I'd take the job and I did." But what if he didn't get that call? How would our aquatic hero find work? "No idea. I've worked here so long, I probably wouldn't know what to do."

Across town TJC student Jernard White walks into the Career Planning and Placement Services office on campus. Hundreds of students come here every year to browse TJC's part time job books. "I need to make money so I can buy books for the upcoming fall semester," explains White.

"Seems to be all over the country it's kind of slow and people just aren't hiring as many students." says CPPS Director Melinda Coker. She reccomends meeting potential employers face to face, especially this year, when the hunt can be so hard. "Maybe 50 percent of jobs are found through the want ads and our office, that sort of thing. And the other half of jobs are found by being in the right place at the right time."

So it seems our hero perfected the job search after all. Taylor was in the right place at the right time with the right skils and the right frame of mind.

The City of Tyler says all of it's life guard positions have been filled. But they are looking for softball score keepers. If you're interested, you should call the City of Tyler Parks and Rec Department.

Stephen Parr, reporting.