Need a summer job? The time to start looking is now – long before hordes of other high schoolers and college students descend upon the best employers.
Summer jobs are an American tradition. For many people, a summer employment opportunity was their first exposure to the workplace – an experience that not only put money in their wallet, but also helped them develop their career expectations and work ethic.
But finding a summer job isn’t as easy as it used to be. With competition for the best summer jobs at an all-time high, experts recommend that summer job seekers start early and incorporate several essential features into their job search.
The most successful summer job seekers are often the ones who are most prepared for the job search process itself. Employers may or may not require a resume, but it never hurts to have a simple resume prepared just in case. However, you can count on the fact that employers will absolutely require references and working papers (if you’re under the age of 18), so make sure your ducks are in a row before you begin your search.
Countless summer job seekers sabotage their searches because they fail to act in a professional manner. Although a short-term job stocking store shelves might not mean much to you, the employer may have every penny he owns invested in the business. Consequently, he expects his employees to act professionally and take his business as seriously as he does.
The best time to begin a summer job search is in late winter/early spring. Even though many employers aren’t prepared to make hiring decisions yet, it’s important to get your foot in the door early and regularly check back with your highest priority employers so when it comes time to hire, your name will be at the top of their list.
Ask for Help
College career and high school guidance offices frequently offer resources for summer job seekers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in finding a summer job and to network with other summer job seekers about available positions or opportunities.