As the school year ends, many teenagers seeking summer employment will face a brutally tough job market. What follows is addressed to young male job seekers and may seem a bit harsh, but will hopefully prove helpful to some.
Let's start with the basics: All job opportunities require a face-to-face interview. Despite living on the mobile phone a good part of your student life, you won't be able to call this one in! Old(er) guys and gals still rule the job market, so your appearance will be a big consideration, especially if your prospective boss is a generation or two older.
The dire pitfalls of how some young men dress was vividly brought home to me by a recent incident involving a teenager who, while attempting to flee the NYPD at a murder scene, had his hip-hugging pants slide down, trip him and send him off a fire escape to his death. Not a pretty story, but one cannot avoid the irony of his unfortunate ending.