Film may be at the end of Maxwell Knott's long term career path, but for now, the Altoona High School senior is satisfied bussing tables and washing dishes at Granny's Restaurant.
"(I like) the people there, the regulars that come in, it's a really nice atmosphere," Knott said.
Because he started looking early, Knott won't have to fight the rush for a summer job this year.
"I applied for a lot of places. I had no call back and the only reason I got a job was because my family knew someone in that business," he said.
That may be the key to beating out your peers who are also looking.
"It is easier if you know somebody or if you're pleasant and people know that you have a good personality," Carley DeBernardis said.
According to snagajob.com, 47% of hiring managers do not plan on hiring seasonal help and of those who are, 29 % said college-age people will be competing with adults who suffering economic setbacks. Though Lisle Weaver hasn't landed his summer gig yet, he's optimistic.
"My friends that really want jobs are employed," he said.
It appears initiative will always be a trait that's in high demand even when the job market is down in the dumps.