Splash Zone in Jacksonville (Photo: City of Jacksonville)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- This year's summer hiring season is looking bright for teens hoping to work.
It appears the summer job market is heating up.
According to a survey released by SnagAJob.com, businesses plan to hire more hourly workers than last year and offer better wages.
Wild River Country and Splash Zone in Jacksonville said they plan to take on a number of seasonal hires as spring fades to summer.
Aquatic Manager for the city of Jacksonville Diane Novotny said she's taking applications.
"All my old staff from last year is gone, so I'm rebuilding," she explained.
Novotny said she plans to hire around 30 employees in the next two weeks.
"We have eight concession people that we hire. We have about approximately 20 to 25 more lifeguards that we hire," she added. "They run the two pools. They run between the splash zone and the community center."
Novotny said the summer job market has been competitive in the past few years for teens.
"Not only the teens are coming in, it's also a lot of people who have not been able to get a job, so they're competing against the people in their 30s and 40s," she said, but this year, most of their applications have been from teens.
Novotny is looking for employees with personality and commitment, and the rest of the skills can be taught.
"A lot of them, it's their first job and what you teach them in the workforce as their job ethic carries on to their college years and later on years," she said.
Lifeguards make $8 an hour while concession workers bring home $7.25 an hour.
Novotny said she expects teens to arrive at an interview looking presentable and know what job they're applying for.
"They have to be able to understand what the job is they're applying for. A lot of times their mom says, 'Oh, just apply for this and they have no clue."
For summer job hunters the big message here is get busy now. Traditionally, April and May are the big hiring months for these jobs.
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