FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Are you a teenager and looking for something to do in your spare time this summer? Why not consider summer employment?

Employment opportunities are available on Fort Jackson and in the surrounding areas for diligent and persistent job seekers. It is never too early to begin your job search. The market is saturated with teens who are looking for a summer job. What can make you stand out from the rest is the preparation you have made to ensure employment success. Employers are looking to hire young people with a positive attitude who are reliable and willing to learn new skills.

One tip for landing a summer job is looking for "Now hiring" signs wherever you go. Employers might give teens more consideration for employment if they show up at their door and fill out an application on the spot. You can also go online to and find part-time jobs that hire 16-year olds.

Best areas for finding employment are city-run youth programs, the amusement industry, theme and recreation parks, ice-cream parlors, juice shops, grocery stores, libraries, museums, zoos, fast food and casual dining restaurants, child and elder care services and offices needing clerical or customer service help.

Fort Jackson teen summer employment recruitment starts in February. Teens can view jobs at Jobs generally include food service worker, cashier, laborer, recreation aid and life guard. For specific questions regarding those jobs and the application process, contact the Fort Jackson Nonappropriated Fund Human Resources Office at (803) 751-4259.

Teens can also visit the Army Community Services Employment Readiness website for additional teen employment resources at

Teens should also consider volunteering as an option for the summer. Volunteers will gain valuable experience that can be used on future job applications as well as when applying for college scholarships. The Fort Jackson America Red Cross begins accepting applications for its Teen Summer Volunteer Program in April. For more information about the Fort Jackson Teen Summer Volunteer Program, call (803) 751-6516.

The Fort Jackson Employment Readiness Office will be hosting Teen Summer Employment Preparation workshops during Richland 2 School District non-school days. Workshops will focus on how to prepare a job application and resume, interviewing skills and how to search for jobs. Limited seating is available for each class.

To register, contact the ACS Employment Readiness Program at (803) 751-4862. Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 18, March 28 and April 21. Workshop location will be provided at the time of registration. Dates are subject to change if the Richland 2 School District non-schools days schedule is modified.