Teen Job Search Struggle

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people losing their jobs, but for teenagers looking to jump into the work force, this can be an especially difficult time.

“There’s not a lot of teen job opportunities in the county,” said Bailee Duerock, a senior at Central High School.

“I’m going to college [in] Durango, so like the money now is really needed to pay off my loans and to get a new car fixed,” said Duerock.

With so many companies unsure about the future, she’s had no luck finding a job.

The Mesa County Workforce Center has been shifting its focus, according to its Director, Curtis Englehart.

“We really been working with jobseekers on how to best present in an interview this now a virtual interview,” said Englehart.

The pandemic has caused interview preparation to look a little different in 2020.

“Make sure you have good reliable internet, make sure you have a camera that works, all that stuff is different than what we generally teach when we go through job crutch stuff, however it’s still very important and more relevant now more than ever,” said Englehart.

As we ease back into normalcy, the job market is likely to become competitive.

“There’s going to be a lot of job seekers out there looking for work so that job market is going to be pretty competitive for a while,” said Englehart.

If you’re hiring or looking for a job, Englehart advises applicants and employers to use Connecting Colorado.

If you’d like to meet with an employment specialist to get your job-seeking questions or concerns addressed, the workforce center is currently offering those services over the phone at (970) 248-7560.

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