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Figuring out how to find a summer job can seem like an intimidating task. However, if you explore your resources and keep an open mind, it can be a great chance to try something new and earn some extra cash. Our partners at College Ave Student Loans put together a few tips to help you get started.
1. Think about how to find a summer job that you want.
There are lots of options when it comes to summer jobs. You could work at your local movie theater, the mall, that nearby water park that only opens for the season, and so on. The more you expand your search and the type of summer job you’re willing to take on, the more likely you are to land a position. You might even find something that’s related to your college major or the industry you want to work in.
Many companies create entry-level summer positions (in addition to internships) for this specific purpose. You may get the opportunity to work at a company you’ve always dreamed of, even if the position itself doesn’t have much to do with your career goals. On the other hand, you may find a summer job at a company that doesn’t particularly interest you career-wise, but the job itself can still give you some great hands-on experience. Either way, you’re starting to build your resume and your bank account.
2. Begin your search as soon as possible.
While it’s possible to find a summer job at the last minute, it may not be as easy. Summer positions may be filled weeks—even months—in advance. As a result, it’s never too soon to begin looking (and applying) for summer jobs as soon as you’ve decided you want one. Depending on the type of jobs you’re considering, you may need to make sure your resume is up-to-date and be ready to create customized cover letters for each one. If you’ve never created a resume or cover letter before, your college’s career services department can usually help you out.
3. Check with your school.
Your school is a great place to start when it comes to finding summer jobs. Many employers will connect with local colleges because they’re looking for students to fill their summer positions. If you’re also considering a summer internship, starting with your school is a good idea, and your advisor may be a good resource to discuss which options are the best fit for you.
4. Connect with recruiters and temporary staffing agencies.
Recruiters and temporary staffing agencies are a terrific way to get connected with many types of jobs and companies. As summer approaches, it’s likely that you’ll find a lot more available temporary positions for the summer. It’s best to reach out to recruiters and the agencies directly, and send them your resume. If they feel you might be a good match for any of their clients, the next step will usually be a one-time interview with them. Once you’ve established a relationship, you could be their go-to person when available summer positions come up.