Many individuals seek a summer job for a variety of reasons. There are endless summer job possibilities if you know where to look.
Teens seek summer jobs to gain experience and to fund their education. Employees who have jobs that end when the summer begins like teachers are in need of supplemental income to make ends meet until their regular job starts again in the fall. Recent graduates are just entering the job market after attending colleges or universities and there is typically a huge influx each summer of these individuals. Retired individuals find summertime to be the perfect time to get out there and be active in the community through summer employment opportunities.
Whether you are a teen, an unemployed individual, a seasonal employee or a retired person summer jobs are plentiful if you know where to look for them.
When searching for a summer job you have many choices of where to look including community bulletin boards, Websites that list summer jobs, Internship Directories at career centers, summer job listings posted at libraries and career centers, jobs listings at local campuses and Alumni Career Referral networks. Don’t overlook the obvious which are the personal contacts made through home or school, the Yellow Pages, your local Chamber of Commerce, the newspaper classifieds, and information tables at job fairs.
It is important that summer job seekers learn how to organize their search. Let people know that you are looking for a summer job. Contact any previous employers or organizations that you have worked for or did any volunteering for in the past. Seek out and respond to all posted job advertisements in your local area.
Never stop your summer job search while waiting to hear from a prospective opportunity. Use your time wisely and use many avenues such as the newspaper, Internet, personal networking, and professional career placement services.
Persistence is the key to landing a summer job.
It is important that you start your job search as early as possible because summer job positions do fill up quickly.
Make sure that when you apply for a summer job position that you read and understand all requirements before applying. Pay close attention to the dates that the summer job is posted for because some jobs need individuals to work into the months of August or September and if you are a student returning to college in the fall you won’t want to take a position that you won’t be able to fulfill the time element.
Your summer job application is an important first step and must be filled out correctly, legible and neat. Make sure you include your resume’ along with the application.
The career center in Colorado Springs, Colorado has put out a very informative guide called, The Internship and Summer Job Search that all summer job seekers should read.
Summer Jobs Worldwide, 2010: Make the Most of the Summer Break by Susan Griffith
College Students Do This! Get Hired!: From Freshman to Ph.D. The Secrets, Tips, Techniques and Tricks you need to get the Full Time Job, Co-op, or Summer Internship position you want by Mark Lyden
The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad by Michael Landes
Summer Jobs and Opportunities for Teenagers: A Planning Guide (Lifeworks Guide) by Molly Delano and Lifeworks