Looking for 1st job? Now’s time to strike

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Teens will find openings now in retail, fast-food restaurants, movie theaters, redemption centers, summer camps and grocery stores, said Lewiston Career Center Manager Mary LaFountaine.

She says to check postings online, check newspaper ads, don’t overlook the obvious – tell friends and family you’re in the market – or head into the career center to register on its job bank.

Once teens hit 16 there are fewer limits on the number of hours worked and what sort of jobs they can do, but employment is still possible at a younger age.

She said a 15-year-old recently came in and found five jobs in the job bank that looked like good fits.

He applied for them all and landed one at a redemption center.

“I think people have to look at it as their first job, not their only job or their last job,” LaFountaine said.

“Take it as an opportunity to learn and grow and decide what to do next.”

Summer prospects are even a little better this summer than last.

The unemployment rate is down and there’s a dozen new local restaurants to work in, said Gerry Dennison, a state labor analyst at the center.

Just over half of Maine teens age 16 to 19 held jobs, according to the last U.S. Census count. More girls worked than boys.

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