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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 1:45pm

WORKING: Summer Jobs

Updated: 5 years ago.
Brandon Smith says it’s critical for teenagers to have some kind of paying job before they go to college. He says the experience lays important groundwork for a lifetime of working. (Photo Courtesy of Noel Abejo via stock.xchng.)

Georgia’s unemployment has been steadily dropping over the last nine months. Unemployment among the state’s teenagers is also down, but it still reaches nearly 28 percent.

That’s bad news for teens hitting the streets now for a summer job. However, Brandon Smith says it’s still important for teens to find summer work and has suggestions about how to approach their search.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.