Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Get a Summer Job: A Guide for Students of All Ages

Summer is almost here. That means it’s time to start planning trips, camps and summer jobs.

Though most school years won’t end for a few more months, it’s wise to start thinking about summer work now. The time frame for hiring can take up to a full month, so waiting until school is out can really shorten your working time. Try these four tips to jumpstart your job search.

1.) Ask friends and family 
Disrupt the lengthy hiring process of most big employers by going after small business. Where better to get your foot in the door than with someone you already know? Ask friends and family if they need help with their businesses.

Parents can also help in the search. They might ask about summer or seasonal positions at their own workplaces. But, even if your friends and family can’t connect you directly to employment, let them know you’re looking. If you’ve got a friend of the family you’re close to, ask if they’ll serve as a reference, because a good reference can really boost a short resume!

2.) Think seasonal 
If you only want to work during your vacation, look for a seasonal job. Fortunately, such jobs are common in the summertime. If you live near a major tourist attraction, or a traveling summer festival, they’ll likely be bringing in extra hands during these months, as will nearby restaurants and shopping centers.

Other businesses, like construction firms and lawn-care services, do booming trade during the summer and will also need extra hires. City park districts step up their programming to serve kids who are also out of school and may also be looking for extra workers.

3.) Hit the pavement 
It’s convenient to do your entire job searching from the computer, but it doesn’t do much to showcase you to potential employers. Remember that most employers are looking for someone who will show up regularly and be presentable. Putting on your dress clothes and hitting the streets with a resume shows responsibility and drive. That’s something no online resume can convey.

4.) Make a plan for the paychecks 
Getting that first paycheck can be an exhilarating experience – and a very short-lived one. It’s too easy for that hard-earned money to disappear. Making a plan can keep you on track. Decide how much you’ll save and for what purpose. How much will you save for new clothes in the fall? What will help cover college expenses? Don’t forget to leave yourself a little fun money, too.

Once you’ve made the plan, Community Financial can help you stick to it. Youth savings accounts are a perfect complement to having a summer job. They offer competitive dividend rates combined with other features that make them ideal for those summer checks. Plus, they’re only $5 to open!

If you haven't started looking for a job yet this summer, keep in mind that your job search is about more than earning some extra cash – it could give you the competitive edge you need to get more and better jobs in the future. Happy hunting!

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