Don’t let anyone tell you any differently: right NOW is the time to begin hunting for a summer job! And, make no mistake, it’s still difficult to land a job, no matter the industry, but you can land a great summer job if you start NOW and follow a few simple tips.
1. Target job markets that have a peak summer season such as theme parks, hotel jobs, and restaurant jobs. Many times, jobs within these industries have a wide variety of openings- don’t be afraid to ask if there are any available positions within your desired field!
2. Don’t discount any potential opportunities! If you have very little job experience, like it or not, you may have to take an entry-level job and work your way up. Consider it a part of paying your dues!
3. Make good use of the career office at your college. Often times, companies post their available summer jobs ONLY at the career center on college campuses. Make sure you check the sources at the career center regularly.
4. Network with your college instructors. No one else is better connected in your field of study than your college professors. Let them know you’re looking for a summer job in your field and don’t be afraid to ask them for a recommendation. Good connections are hard to come by!
5. Be willing to relocate or even stay put. Many times, college towns become empty in the summer as lots of students return home to their families. This can provide fantastic job opportunities for students who are willing to stick around during the summer. Conversely, if you’re the adventurous type, consider moving to a new location known for having plenty of summer jobs- places like resort towns. Being flexible is key when trying to find suitable summer employment.
6. If you had a job previously in the summer, go re-apply for that same position. Employers love hiring a well-trained, ready-made employee. And, if you left your previous summer job on a good note, chances are you’ll be a shoe-in this summer!
7. If you’re getting close to crunch time and you haven’t landed a summer gig, try contacting several temp agencies in your area. While some of the available may not last the duration of the summer, you may get lucky and land one that’s permanent, not just seasonal.
When looking for a summer job, be flexible, keep your ear to the ground, and evaluate all possibilities. Start early and be persistent!