For high school students who live in the La Plata and Waldorf area it is becoming increasingly hard to obtain a job. With the growing population and the majority of high school students looking for employment, there is much competition. Most students apply for food service positions, ignoring other, less popular job openings and making it even more difficult for everyone to secure work.
Some, however, find it easier to land a job based on their connections. “My family has been friends with Donnie Mister, the owner of Ledo’s Pizza, for many years, so he put in a recommendation for me,” senior Michael Hoffmaster said, proving that sometimes the best opportunities lie in your connections.
But others new to this area or not involved in the community are less lucky. “I have been searching for quite some time, but it is hard to find people who can recommend me,” sophomore Austin Smith said.
Most students apply to multiple places to increase their chances of receiving a job. “I have recently applied to about six different jobs, and I am hoping for a call soon,” junior Jack Pilkerton said.
It is frustrating to apply to multiple places and not receive a call in a timely manner. Many businesses already have numerous job applications ahead of you, and half the battle is getting lucky and just hoping you receive a call.
Businesses are often in need of new employees in late summer to replace those leaving for college. Since nearly all employers arrange interviews based on a first-come, first-served basis, the best time to apply is in late spring to get ahead of the other applicants applying in the early summer. You might not hear back right away, but come late summer you just might receive a call for that much-coveted job interview.