Summer Jobs! Yes, It’s that time of year again –summer… and The Summer Job Hunt. Despite the temptation of just laying under the sun all summer long, this is the best time to make some extra cash. I wished selling all my used textbooks on LocAZu counts as my full-time summer job. It helps to get some quick cash, but there are always way too many bills and expenses. So whether it’s your first summer job or you’re an experienced worker, here are some things to consider when searching for that awesome summer job:
Experience & Cash!
Be motivated in finding a summer job. Summer jobs are the perfect opportunity to build your overall work experience and jump-start your career. You get to meet new people and make new friends. You gain references and more connections. Oh yeah, of course the money, too!
Update Resume & Cover Letter
Update your resume and cover letter. It helps to research and write customized cover letters according to each summer job posting. Kindly ask someone to double-check your resume and cover letter: spelling mistakes, appears and sounds good, not too long, your name is spelled correctly, etc. You can find sample resumes and cover letters to inspire you.
If you are emailing your CV. Also paste your cover letter followed by your resume in the body of the email. If your prospective employer is checking resumes on her/his smart phone (and many do), it’s difficult for them to check attachments.
Before you send out your resume, save it with the right name containing your name, last name, then resume, i.e. John_Doe_Resume1. Employers get a lot of responses and if all the resumes are labeled as “resume”, it makes their job harder to manually save your resume with a distinctive name when/if they short list you. Plus it leaves a good first impression about your organization.
Type of Jobs
Think of what kind of jobs you want. What type of fields? What interests you? What are your skills? What do you want to do this summer and actually get paid for? Do you want to work with kids (summer camps), people (retail), outdoors (lifeguard), in an office (office assistant), manual labor (construction), etc? Thinking about all this helps kick-start your summer job hunt.
It’s a little contradicting to the point above, but also be open to all type of work offered for your summer job. You may discover a new passion or skill you never knew while working at a summer job.
Tell people you’re looking to work this summer. Talk to everyone you know: your instructors, your friends, your hairdresser, your aunt, your neighbor, that guy with the funny eyebrows…Anyone and everyone is a contact that can help you get your summer job. It’s true what they say: “Someone always knows someone, who knows someone who knows…Your Next Summer Job!”
Use Twitter and Facebook to land your summer job. Create a Linked-in profile. Follow companies you would like to work for; follow their Twitter feed for any job opportunities, tweet about yourself, perfect your Twitter Bio, etc.
Resource Centers & Job Fairs
They’re at schools and within your city. There are government agencies and centers specialized in helping you find summer work. Job fairs are a hub of organizations eager to hire. Look for career centers and job fairs in local newspapers and online.
People have told me: finding a job is a job itself. Argh! It’s true. It’s going to be hard work getting that summer job but the ‘pay off’ will be an awesome reward! All that emailing of resumes and researching will get you a summer job that may turn out to be a part-time job. Or the sense of accomplishment and pocketful of money!
Also while summer job hunting and you see postings more suitable to a friend, just take a sec to email/tell them because good karma always has a way back to you! Self-confidence and optimism will get you closer to your summer job. No matter what happens, enjoy your summer and have fun. Good luck with the summer job search!
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