The majority of college students either need to work during the summer months in order to make it through the next semester, while other students will work in the field of their studies for the experience that they garner. Many students do find, when working summer jobs in their field of study, that they end up changing majors the following semester, or year, at school. Finding a good place to look for summer jobs will greatly increase the college student’s chances of being hired locally, and for a position that will help them in their studies and/or post-graduation employment.
The top places that students should look for summer jobs are those places that help them to find local, or almost-local employment. The costs of lodging while working too far from home to drive to and from work are inhibitive to saving money, and college students should not rely upon finding a carpool from their new coworkers. Finding a local job is much more conducive to saving money, and having some social life to boot.
The first place that college students should look for summer jobs is their college’s student resource center. These centers have many job listings, with many jobs relevant to the student’s field of study. Many companies who support the colleges, or who recruit and employ students from the college regularly hire students for the summer months, to give them field experience, as well as in the hopes of hiring the students who excel at the job full time when they graduate.
Once the college resource center has been exhausted, another of the top places college students should look for summer jobs are the government-run student job zones. These offices have listings of jobs that are still available, what they entail and the likely salary expectations, benefits and any other requirements, like work boots or vehicle access.
When students have exhausted the resource centers that are meant for students to find summer jobs, the Internet beckons. There are many job posting sites on the Internet, and, when searching for a site that offers jobs in your locality, you can add the name of your city or town to the search query.
Before accepting a summer job, if you do not know the company, or know people that do or have worked for the company to see how they treat temporary, summer employees. Many places will hire students under an attractive job offer, and end up having them do menial and repetitive tasks. Sort of a janitor of all trades.
Be careful job hunting. The more you know before you start, the more likely you are tpo land a decent summer job.