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How The Summer Opportunity Project is Changing the Job Prospecting Game

Last week, President Obama called on businesses and organizations to give young Americans with limited or no work experience, opportunities for their first summer jobs. President Barack Obama greets a crowd gathered outside Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) The President’s post could not have come […]

Last week, President Obama called on businesses and organizations to give young Americans with limited or no work experience, opportunities for their first summer jobs.

President Barack Obama greets a crowd gathered outside Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President’s post could not have come at a more opportune time. Millennials have officially taken the spot for the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. population as of 2013, and a large portion of them are trying to jumpstart their careers. President Obama emphasizes in the LinkedIn article the invaluable impact a first job can make, yet American youths still don’t have equal access to workforce resources and opportunities. He also reports one in seven Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are not in school and don’t have a job.

What does this mean for our younger generations?

Limitations

The prospect of finding a job with a blank resume, limited education, and no meaningful connections is slim. With odds already against you, this is not the time to sit idly by.

Value

Your first position may not be glamorous, but boy is it valuable! Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference for your future. The sooner you get started, the more your network will grow – paving the way for new and exciting opportunities.

Skills

Getting your first job as early as possible could boost your financial skills. Adopting budgeting practices early on can instill good decision-making for years to come. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself later.

What does that mean for business owners?

Growth

The Millennial generation has the capacity to positively shape our economy and transform your business. If the opportunities aren’t available for them, we aren’t doing our part to improve the country. And frankly, at some point, you’re going to run out of people to hire.

Technology

Millennials are digital natives. Nearly every experience they’ve had has been shaped by technology. Attracting them to your open positions might mean you have to change and innovate in your own business to keep them engaged.

Dedication

Millennials are less likely to switch employers than other generations . Believe it or not, they want to stick around! Job security is a big priority. This crew is just waiting for the right position to commit to.
Advantages: less time to train, increased productivity due to reduced turnover

To address these obstacles, President Obama and his administration have created The Summer Opportunity Project – bringing together state and local leaders, community organizations, schools, and businesses to get young people into their first jobs and create strong transitions between school years from high school to college and careers.

Read the full article to learn more about what our government is doing to promote the campaign and how you can lend your support.

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