Tips for Finding a Summer Job

Tips for Finding a Summer Job

We are in the middle of April and summer is still a couple of months off.  There's plenty of time to start looking for that perfect summer job. So to help you get started, here are a few tips that would give you an edge in landing that coveted summer job. 

  • Establish summer goals - Whether your are looking to make extra money or gain some valuable experience during the summer, you should start out the process by establishing goals for the summer. How much money do you want to make? What experience are you trying to gain? Be specific. Not sure? Sit down and brainstorm on things you might be interested in doing, what your skill sets are, and how much money you need to make based on your needs and wants.
  • Create a resume - It doesn't matter if your have work experience or not. A good resume distinguishes you from the masses and there are many things, such as school, extracurricular and volunteer activities you can highlight. 
  • Get some references - Past employers make the best references, but if this is your first time looking for a job, never fret. Teachers, coaches and other adult leaders make great references as well.  Have three references ready in case an employer asks.
  • Begin researching and networking - Remember, it's not about what you know, but who you know. Networking is the most important part of any job search. With goals and resume in hand, start talking to family, friends, and acquaintances about opportunities that align with you summer goals. The key is, let everyone know you are looking for a job.

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  • Nailing the interview - Congratulations! Your have just landed an interview. Now comes the time to really shine and sell themselves. But they have only one chance to impress.
    • Practice makes perfect.  Make sure you are comfortable during the interview process by doing some mock interviews with you and other adults. This will help you build confidence.
    • It's better to be overdressed than underdressed. Appearance is the first impression made and yes, employers do judge a book by its cover.
    • To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is unforgivable. Make sure to arrive early to the interview and have your resume and references in hand and finally…
    • Give a firm handshake, make direct eye contact and most importantly, be confident and enthusiastic about the position.

Following these tips will help make you stand out and ensure the greatest odds of landing a good summer job. Good job hunting!


Written by Andrew Wilson

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