Help Wanted!" might be the cry from your high-schooler when he starts looking for a job this month. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, predicts the job market for teens this summer will be one of the worst in 40 years. Without being too pushy, parents can help guide the search.
First, suggest that they start now, since employers hire early for the summer. Usually resumes aren't necessary for entry-level positions at movie theaters and fast-food joints; they should pick up an application instead. When they go in, they should dress "like the other people who work there," says Renee Ward of teens4hire.org, and avoid peak hours.
For the interview, coach your teen to use anecdotes that demonstrate responsibility. If all else fails, try the networking game. Or suggest volunteer work. Anything beats staying home with reruns of "Friends."