CANTON, Ohio, July 20 – Job-Applications.com announced the results of a six-question online poll that reveals job-seekers’ thoughts on summer jobs. The key takeaways are that a healthy slice of job-seekers are looking for summer jobs that offer training, flexible schedules and at least $10 an hour.

The poll explored what job-seekers sought in a summer job; how they attempted to find a summer job; if they would consider volunteer positions; what they consider “good wages” for summer work; and if they would be open to keeping the job after summer has come and gone.

The findings of the poll included:

- The destination of summer job (a beach job, for example) was much less important than obtaining skills and decent wages. Just 8 percent prioritized location of the job, while 50 percent said their top goal was “job skills training/ apprenticeship”; and 42 percent said “good wages” were of the upmost importance.

- In terms of how job-seekers sought jobs; two of three respondents (66 percent) said they used online resources and 26 percent used “personal connections.”

- Most job-seekers (56 percent) would not consider a volunteer or unpaid internship position for the summer; 44 percent, however, would be open to forgoing wages in exchange for building experience and expanding their skills with a volunteer or unpaid position.

- Job-seekers were evenly split between which was most important: “good wages” or “flexible schedules.” The 50 percent-50 percent split reveals the importance job seekers are placing on obtaining a work-life balance.

- In terms of wages, 77 percent thought at least $10 an hour was a good hourly wage for a summer job. The top two responses were “about $10 an hour” (32 percent) and “about $12 an hour” (25 percent). On the lower end, roughly 1 in 5 job-seekers said they would consider “about $8 an hour” as a good wage (23 percent)

- Lastly, it is clear many job-seekers are open to the idea of their summer job evolving into a career: 77 percent, or nearly 8 in 10 respondents, said they would consider keeping their job after the summer.

“This poll reveals that entry-level workers are goal-oriented. From preferring summer jobs that’ll help with future employment to a willingness to keep positions long after the season ends, job hopefuls demonstrate a strong work ethic and desire to learn,” said Job-Applications.com President Doug Crawford.

“That doesn’t mean they’ll take any old summer job, though,” Crawford adds. “The importance of flexible hours and solid pay rates shows an interest in asserting their value as employees. These skills should come in handy when searching for summer work or lasting careers.”

The online poll was taken by nearly 650 job-seekers on Job-Applications.com. The poll results were collected from June 5 to July 6. Job-Applications.com, based in Canton, Ohio, is one of the leading online job application resources available in the United States.

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