California cities among the best for summer jobs

The best places for summer jobs in 2022

Three Southern California cities are among the top 20 locations for summer jobs. These are Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and Glendale. Let the interviews begin.

As summer approaches and the leisure and hospitality sectors gained 78,000 jobs in April, personal finance website WalletHub has taken an in-depth look at the best places for summer jobs in 2022.

To help job seekers find the best summer job opportunities, WalletHub benchmarked over 180 markets in the United States across 22 key metrics. The dataset ranges from the median income of part-time workers to the availability of summer jobs to COVID-19 cases.
Top 20 cities for summer jobs

1. Orlando, Florida
2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3. Columbia, MD
4. Scottsdale, Arizona
5. Juneau, AK
6. Warwick, RI
7. Rapid City, SD
8. Portland, ME
9. Huntington Beach, California
10. Garden Grove, California
11. Miami, Florida
12. Tampa, Florida
13. Glendale, CA
14. Charleston, West Virginia
15. Las Vegas, Nevada
16. St. Petersburg, Florida
17. Pearl City, Hawaii
18. Salt Lake City, UT
19. Wilmington, DE
20.Seattle, Washington

The best against the worst

  • Newport News, Va., has the highest number of part-time job openings per 1,000 people ages 16-24 in the labor force, 707.04, 33.5 times more than New York , the city with the fewest at 21.12.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona has the highest median income for part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $28,858, or 3.6 times higher than New York, the city with the lower at $8,068.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the highest participation rate of people aged 16 to 24, 86.02%, or 2.2 times higher than Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest at 38.30%.
  • Madison, Wisconsin, has the lowest unemployment rate for people ages 16-24, 5.15%, or 5.3 times lower than Detroit, the city with the highest rate at 27.54 %.
  • Fremont, California has the lowest proportion of people aged 16 to 24 living in poverty, 6.59%, nine times less than Burlington, Vermont, the city with the highest at 59.04% .

Expert commentary

What advice do you have for a young person looking for a summer job/internship during the pandemic?

“Students looking for internships need to be proactive and creative. For those with preferred or preferred organizations, send a resume and cover letter outlining their interests and what they need to contribute (eg, skills, hours) to HR or a relevant department manager. Opportunities may be available or arise even when an internship position is not posted. Students can also indicate if they are open to an unpaid internship. In today’s environment of understaffed and often under-resourced managers/departments, being able to contribute 10-20 hours or more per week to competent support can open the doors to invaluable experience and the creation of networks.
— Marcus Stewart – Department of Management, Bentley University

“Use all your technical skills to be able to work virtually. Most young people are computer literate and can work remotely. Don’t forget the fundamental skills of being on time for work and regularly coming to work on time. Be open to training and learning new skills and information.
— Claretha Hughes – Professor, University of Arkansas

What types of summer jobs/internships will best equip young people with the skills and experience they need to secure a full-time career after graduation?

“Jobs that help build skills are best for preparing people for professional employment later. Focus on developing skills such as customer service, oral and written communication, time management, adaptability, initiative, interpersonal skills and teamwork. “Interpersonal skills” involve the ability to relate to others and to interact with colleagues, managers and clients. Building relationships where you can identify the wants and needs of others while acknowledging and acknowledging the value of different perspectives is essential. Learning to prioritize tasks in a busy and fast-paced environment is also essential, as it demonstrates that you can organize your time and produce results on your own. »
— Christian E. Hardigree, JD – Dean, School of Hospitality, Metropolitan State University of Denver

“I would say internships that allow you to learn and develop multiple skills. Not just, say, technical skills (these are important!), but also opportunities to develop interpersonal/communication skills, writing skills, and problem-solving skills. Employers want versatile employees who can reflect and adapt to ever-changing work environments. Internships that offer challenges to develop a wide range of skills are the most beneficial. »
— Christopher Zirkle – Associate Professor, Ohio State University

What are the most common mistakes young people make when accepting a summer job or internship?

“The most common mistake is apathy. If the job isn’t important to you, it will show in the way you do the job. Never underestimate the value of summer employment – these can be serious career builders and great opportunities to find a mentor who will help you develop your skills for the future.When you enter the workplace, you begin the journey of building your personal brand – are you reliable, are you conscientious, do you take initiative to solve problems, can you get along with others?Alternatively – are you constantly late, do you “disappear” in the middle of your shift work, do you gossip or cause drama, are you there to do your job, and only that?These descriptions highlight the impact of your personal brand on your successive career stages.
— Christian E. Hardigree, JD – Dean, School of Hospitality, Metropolitan State University of Denver

“They don’t use work to develop their skills. They’re not as dedicated because they don’t see it as a long-term opportunity. They should give each task at work as much attention as necessary and do their best to complete the job as needed. They should ask their supervisor follow-up questions before completing the task if they are unsure about a task. »
— Claretha Hughes – Professor, University of Arkansas

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