Originally published November 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., updated November 28, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
Lauren Tanny, co-author, From Ramen To Riches: Finding a Job In Your 20s.
A Pew Research center report found that only 54 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24 are working, the lowest level in that age group since 1948.
Lauren Tanny, the co-author of "From Ramen to Riches: Finding a Job in Your 20s," told KPBS overall high unemployment rates make it harder for young people to find jobs because employers receive so many applications from older people with more experience.
She said unless a young person needs a low-paying job to avoid starving, he or she should try to hold off on taking a job at places like Starbucks.
"You really need to look at your skills and your passions and what you'd be the best at, and look at companies you resonate with," she said. "So even if you maybe start in a role that's not ideal, it's still a company that you care about what they do and match with their values. You want to at least set yourself up on a path."
In Tanny's book, which she co-wrote with her husband, she offers tips for job seekers including self assessment, building a network and finding your passion.
To build experience, she said, young people should look at everything they've done, including jobs like babysitting and leadership roles they've held in school clubs or organizations.
She also advises against spending too much time applying for jobs over the Internet. Most people of any age find jobs through networking, she said.
Claire Trageser contributed to this report.