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Teens & Summer Jobs

May 14, 2014, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Teens & Summer Jobs

From water parks, to fireworks stands to ice cream shops, summer businesses are in hiring mode.

There are 126 seasonal jobs and more than 650 part time jobs open in Sioux Falls.

15-year-old Caroline Moriarty is just starting her training at B & G Milky Way in Sioux Falls.

"When I started looking for a job I wanted I looked all around and there are so many places hiring in Sioux Falls," Bettmeng said.

While there are plenty of opportunities, B & G Milky Way owner Bruce Bettmeng says not a lot of businesses are hiring younger teens. 

"More experienced people have an easier time. There are a lot of regulations as far as hiring teenagers that you have to worry about," Bettmeng said.

Bettmeng says employing teens has changed in the 22 years he's been in the business.

"It's an electronic world.  They don't know how to communicate with customers. They can text a customer, but they can't speak verbally with a customer," Bettmeng said.

That's why new hires like Moriarty and Abbie Pattison stood out among the many applicants and got the job.

"When I get somebody in an interview that can actually look me in the eye and speak to me, they're hired!" Bettmeng said.

Bettmeng says when he can find quality employees he does everything he can to keep them.

"I do like the employee who stays with me three, four, or five years--when they get to be 19 or 20 years old, they're a good employee," Bettmeng said.

Pattison and Moriarty are hoping they're on their way to becoming that kind of employee. 

"Right now I'm worried about making the right size ice cream cone because it's a struggle," Pattison said.

"I'm also looking forward to get some money and also being able to make ice cream because it's delicious," Moriarty said.

Bettmeng says he got more applications than usual this year, but only about 40 percent were from people he'd consider hiring.

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