a Softening Economy,
Where are the Jobs?
school students, college grads, face challenges
For immediate release
June 9, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, It happens
every June. Thousands of high school juniors and seniors will be looking for
summer work while Class of 2008 college graduates are searching for something
more permanent. In light of the softening economy, how difficult will it be for
these workers to find jobs?
70,000 Connecticut residents are high school juniors and seniors while nearly
18,000 college students will receive their bachelor’s degree before the official
start of summer. With 30,000 to 40,000 seasonal jobs added in the state between
April and June, what can these job seekers expect when they begin their job
may be looking a bit longer, or you’ll need to try a bit harder to stand out,
but there are jobs out there and companies are still hiring,” according to State
Labor Economist John Tirinzonie of the state’s Labor Department.
In terms of summer jobs, according to Tirinzonie, the first place to look would
be in the leisure and hospitality industry, which includes restaurants and other
food services, hotels, and recreational services such as golf courses, camping
facilities and amusement parks.
which includes employment agencies and landscaping services, will, on average,
hire another 8,000 jobs during the summer months. Additional seasonal employment
will be created in local government, 5,000; construction, 5,000; retail, 3,000;
while agriculture represents an additional 2,000
For those college graduates looking for permanent positions,
Tirinzonie noted that latest economic data for Connecticut shows the state has
an unemployment rate of 4.7% -- below that of the national average -- while
three of the state’s ten major industry sectors showed job gains and another
five were relatively stable.
national economic slowdown, in Connecticut we are still up by more than 10,000
new jobs compared to last year,” Tirinzonie said. “While our local economy is
still not on solid ground, it does appear that it is beginning to stabilize and
this is good news for jobseekers.”
To assist job
seekers with their job search, the Connecticut Department of Labor is sponsoring
two job fairs in June – the first on June 11 at Sacred Heart University, and a
June 17 event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.
“Attending a job
fair gives attendees access to hiring managers of many local businesses,”
Tirinzonie noted, “And whether you’re a high school student looking for
part-time hours or a college graduate just starting a career, it’s essential
that a résumé reflect the skills a potential employee has to offer, and the
accomplishments they have achieved.”
in need of a new or updated résumé
should consider using their local
Center for a résumé writing or critique session offered by Labor Department
employees who are National Certified Professional Résumé Writers.
”If you are new to the job market or beginning another career, take time to
schedule a skills assessment, attend a workshop on a variety of employment
topics, meet with a career counselor or visit the self-service area at a
CTWorks Center to use the copier, fax, or phone for job search-related
activities,” Tirinzonie added. “Services at the CTWorks Career Centers,
which are free of charge, also include services for veterans, local recruitment
events, and an online job bank.”
According to Labor Department career
counselors, in addition to a professional résumé, Connecticut’s job
seekers should consider these five basic tips to help them gain a competitive
edge this summer:
Let your network of family and friends
know you are looking for a job; this can often open doors you weren’t
Research a company before you apply so
you will be well informed about what they do during an interview.
Make sure you dress
appropriately – never wear jeans or a T-shirt.
Be friendly, and confident during an
interview and show that you’re interested in the job and the company.
Watch for nervous behaviors
and keep them in check – such as pen tapping, interrupting the interviewer, or
shifting in your seat.
More information about the many employment services available and the locations
of the state’s CTWorks Career Centers and workshops can be found on the
Labor Department’s Web site, located at
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535