Summer is almost here. That means it’s time to start planning trips, camps and summer jobs.
Though most schools won’t end for another 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 jump-start 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, too, can help 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 festival comes anywhere near you this summer, 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 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 all your 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.