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Tips for residents seeking summer employment

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The school season is coming to an end and students are looking for a little extra cash for the summer, but some positions could be more than just a temporary gig.

"As long as you got a job you'll be successful," said Terrance Parks, Saginaw resident.

Parks said he is looking forward to the future. He just landed a new summer job after looking for three months. He is about to start at a local retail store. Parks said it's a perfect fix because he wants to learn how to run a business.

"I'm excited. It got me kinda eager to really want to work there because I want to be an entrepreneur myself," Parks said.

Anna Willman-Onstott, from Michigan Works, said there are a lot of summer jobs available and some could even last past the summer months.

"There are a lot of employers out there, especially with our staffing agencies that are looking for folks to start off temporary and those jobs can turn into permanent positions. Especially if you show a lot of initiative and are a good employee," Onstott said.

She said this summer could even be better than last year for employment. She has some advice for residents seeking jobs.

"There are a lot of jobs out there. We tell people they need to start their job search sooner rather than later because of the competition. They need to be out and about early. Once summer hits, it's getting too late to start searching," Onstott said.

Michigan Works said the most popular jobs in the summer include hospitality, landscaping and healthcare.

Construction and the service industry are also highly in demand right now.

George Wright is a program supervisor at Michigan Works. He said they offer free help to job seekers.

"Don't wait. Come in and start building that resume right away. Utilize the services that are here. Have someone look it over, proofread it," Wright said.

Parks said he did exactly that and finding a job took a lot of time and effort, but he is very happy to be working.

"You gotta make a resume, cover letter. A lot of little steps you gotta do, but it's worth it. For real, Michigan Works is a big help," Parks said.

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