The city of Tyler is looking for lifeguards this summer (Source: KLTV Staff)
Molly and Sarah say it's best to start looking for a job while you're still in school (Source: KLTV Staff)
Jake Moorman says it was hard to find a job due to his age so he started his own business (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Many students say they're struggling to find a job in time for summer. Though summer may only last a couple months for some teens, finding a job is at the top of their priority list. Some high school students want other teens to know there's ways around finding a summer job and it starts with persistence.
There's a need for lifeguards each year during the summer, but what many teens don't know is that this job pays more than minimum wage.
"We've had such a need the last couple of years for certified life guards," Debbie Isham, City of Tyler Special Events and Recreation Manager, said. "One of the great things for the city of Tyler is that we did increase the amount of pay that our lifeguards get. They get $9.25 an hour. Our pool managers went up to $11."
After searching for a job for the past two months, high school junior Sarah Havens just became a lifeguard.
"I'm actually working double jobs right now," Havens said.
The part-time caterer and lifeguard says without persistence she would not have found a job before her summer starts next week.
"If you wait too long, it's going to be very hard because you have other kids who always go the extra mile," Havens said. "They're always looking and they're always determined. They do everything ahead of time and the early bird always gets the worm."
Lindale senior Jake Moorman says just like many other teens it was hard for him to find a good paying seasonal job because he's not 18 yet. The age restrictions at jobs is the reason he started a car detailing business with his friend.
"It's been going pretty good and I think this summer when I get more time I'll be able to do really well with it," Moorman said. "This way I can just work whenever it fits me best. Most teens go on summer vacations and it's hard to get vacation time at a seasonal job."
Molly Ryzman is 16, so finding a job seemed like it was going to be tough for her. She stayed persistent and was able to get a job at a local restaurant.
"I'm the youngest at my job but it teaches me responsibility and kind of exposes me to other positions," Ryzman said. "I can work in that restaurant throughout my high school years."
Other teens are hopeful they can get the same experience this summer.
Casey Neal, Lindale High School principal, says a lot of new businesses are coming to Lindale and they frequently contact him looking for qualified, responsible teens who need a part time job.
Debbie Isham with the city of Tyler says you must be at least 16 to apply for a lifeguard position this summer. She says the summer playground program will start June 10 and they are still looking to hire people.
The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview is looking to hire teens for a day camp beginning June 16. Teens 16-18 will earn $100 a week and anyone 18 years or older can earn $150 a week.