Usually, summertime is a period for holidays and relaxation. But, if you are a teenager, college student or graduate, you might be looking for a summer job. Whether you want to earn money or simply get work experience, getting a job during the summer is an excellent idea.
We have put together a few tips to help you find a summer job.
1. Decide What You Want to Do
The first step to getting a summer job is determining why you want it. Are you looking for a job that pays well, or to get experience in your field of interest? If you are just starting out and don’t have much work experience on your CV, I would suggest getting a job that can help you learn the skills that are needed in your industry or profession. Even though any kind of work experience is useful, it’s best to think about your short and long term career goals and figure out what can you do to fulfil them.
Some of the most popular sectors for summer work are construction, childcare, landscaping, sales, hospitality, government, retail, food services (including restaurants, bars and cafes) overseas teaching and starting a business.
2. Decide What Type of Job You Want
Step two is figuring out what type of job you want to take on. To do this you need to decide how many hours per day/week you are ready to dedicate for this. For example, are you interested in working part-time, only weekends or full time? Do you want to be a flexible/remote worker for an employer?
Well, there are many types of jobs you can search for. This includes:
- A job that only occurs in the summertime
- A job that’s timing happens to match up with the coming summer
- A job related to something that experiences a temporary or regular hiring boom
- A job a company temporarily gives to a lower-salaried person until a full-time hire is found
3. Create a Strong CV
Whatever job you want, you need to have a strong CV to back up your skills and experience. A well-targeted CV allows you to present your qualifications in the best light possible, making these relevant to the role you are interested in with keywords. Without one, it is going to be difficult to impress any employer let alone make it past the applicant tracking systems.
4. Look for Jobs Online
The Internet offers immense opportunities to jobseekers and there are some sites that offer more refined job search tools that allow you to choose what kind of jobs you want to do. For example, you can specifically search for ‘summer jobs’ or student jobs, internships and check out what it is available for you and at which location. These are some good sites to visit:
5. Start Your Search Early
You might think that timing is not important, but as far as it concerns summer employment, it’s crucial. Since there is a lot of competition, most companies start recruiting their staff quite early - around April or May. Even though application dates vary depending on each employer, it’s never too soon to start looking for a job and the sooner you do, the better.
6. Network Endlessly
The majority of the jobs available are never advertised and the best way to get what you want is to go out to meet other professionals. Professional networking is the best way to get referrals, and there is always someone you know working for someone you haven’t met, yet. Using LinkedIn can help you make the most of your online network connecting you with former colleagues and employers, or anyone you think can introduce you to an employer who is hiring.
7. Go Abroad
Most people wouldn’t consider going abroad unless they had secured a job first. But, this is not set in stone. Perhaps you could choose to spend this summer in a different country and find out what kind of opportunities it offers. If you are a student, you might want to consider taking a gap year, visiting family or friends who live abroad.
8. Manage Your Social Media Presence
Looking for a summer job doesn’t change the fact that you need to retain a good social media presence. Employers who are hiring are going to search for your name on Google and social platforms and will expect to find something they want to see in their future employees. Before you start your search, make sure to clean up your online profiles and remove any embarrassing or distasteful material.
9. Look for Virtual Work
Since many jobs have gone online today, it might be worth checking out what’s available on the internet. Jobs in telemarketing, social media and blogging are some of the most popular virtual jobs. If you are interested in any of these, Craigslist is probably the best website to search for jobs from small gigs to full-time positions.
10. Go Freelance
Why work for another person when you can work for yourself? Going freelance offers the opportunity to set your own working hours giving you the flexibility to work whatever way feels best for you. What is the hobby you would most like to get paid to do? Is it writing, drawing, blogging, or promoting someone’s services and products? Find what works for you and let it keep you busy throughout the summer.
When looking for any job, you have to be thorough. This is especially important for summer jobs because they are harder to find. Be proactive and follow the 20-20-60 approach to job hunting to land the job you want!
Are you planning to work this summer? If yes have you started looking for a job yet? Let us know in the comments section below…