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July 11, 2012

Teens for hire

Youths competing with college students, underemployed adults for jobs this summer

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Burke has a staff of 18 ranging in age from 16 to 21. The pay is $8 to $12 an hour for high school kids. Five of his staff are high-schoolers. Burke said his first job was as a lifeguard when he was 15.

Sarris advises teens looking for summer jobs to come into the Career Center on Washington Street well before the summer begins. Kids can fill out an application for the FirstJobs program, find out about workshops and get to know the staff. Many employers prefer teens to be prescreened, she noted.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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