3 Corporations That Are Hiring Young People for Obama’s “First Jobs” Program

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One of my biggest fears was not being able to land a first job after college.

Certainly, I’ve had my share of internships and small side gigs, but I’d heard too many horror stories of young people coming out of high school or college and remaining jobless.

Thankfully, I was one of the lucky ones. But I have too many friends who are still struggling.

To help combat this all-too common, frustrating saga, President Barack Obama announced “First Job” Hiring and Recruiting Compact earlier this year, a $5.5 billion proposal to help young people snag first jobs.

Although Obama’s about to wave goodbye to the White House, he’s still pushing forward on the jobs front — this time to help teenagers and college students.

The initiative challenges companies to create more entry-level jobs and internships for people between the ages of 16 and 24 — who are likely experiencing the intimidating situation of being fresh out of school and jobless.

“The President’s Budget will propose new investments — nearly double last year’s request — to connect more than 1 million young people to first jobs over the summer and year-round,” the press release states.

So far three major corporations have signed on to the compact, but the deadline isn’t until Nov. 4 so more are likely to follow.

Get your resumes ready, young people, because big-time companies are jumping on the hiring bandwagon.

3 Companies Hiring Tons of Young People For Their First Jobs

Although these jobs probably aren’t as “cool” as Obama’s first job, you’ll be happy to see these three big names are taking part in this hiring binge.

Check out the job openings at these major corporations, and we’ll be sure to update you when more companies make a hiring announcement.

1. Delta

Currently, Delta employs 80,000 folks — and it’s adding at least 100 more for young people in the next year, according to a recent press release.

You can find the job openings on Delta’s career page. When you apply for a job, be sure to answer #FirstJob when asked how you found out about it.

2. Dollar General

Last week, this penny-pinching mogul announced its signing with Obama’s compact. It’ll partner with high schools and workforce development centers to hire approximately 1,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 24 in the next 12 months.

The jobs are available in full-time and part-time form. If you’re interested, check out Dollar General’s career page for the most up-to-date openings.

3. FedEx

One of our favorite shipping companies (alongside UPS, of course) is also openings tons of jobs as a part of this initiative. This company is calling for people between the ages of 16 and 24 to make FedEx their first employer.

As a part of the initiative, FedEx is opening up 50,000 seasonal holiday positions — “positions that have served as the first job for many of the more than 400,000 global FedEx team members,” the press release says.

Often, these seasonal jobs turn into full-time, year-round opportunities. To find a FedEx hiring in your area, search the careers page.

Want to find out what other companies are hiring? Glassdoor has pledged to be part of the compact. It plans to continue to source candidates for entry-level roles and will also promote these jobs with a new “First Job” badge so you know that the position is just for you, according to a press release.

And for even more jobs, you can visit The Penny Hoarder jobs Facebook page.

Your Turn: What was your first job?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.

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