How to Find a Summer Job

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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.


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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.


Want more helpful tips for how to find a summer job? Find the rest of the list on the College Ave Student Loans‘ blog here.


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  1. Jordan Thorpe says:

    I have been searching tirelessly for a job, however my searches have been elusive. I would really like to work at Barnes and Noble FIU. I major in Geography.

    • Sandybn says:

      Hi Jordan! Feel free to reach out to the store to find out more information about any job openings. You can give the manager at either store a call > 305-919-5580 (Biscayne Bay Campus) or 305-348-2691 (Maidique Campus). Best of luck – don’t give up!

  2. G Taylor says:

    As an employer, I have a few tips to offer as well. Put together a resume. Carry it with you when you go to a potential place of employment (it shows initiative). If you haven’t worked before, list volunteer activities, clubs, church, and other things that show you are serious about learning, or that you have met a commitment (ie, will you show up on time?). For a visit or an interview, wear something that tells them you are serious — for guys a nice shirt and khaki pants, tucked in, belt on, for example. For gals, something neat, absolutely no cleavage, no short skirts, no yoga pants, etc. Nice pants or skirt, and top for example. Shake the person’s hand, look them in the eye, smile and act like you are excited to meet them. If you come sloppily dressed, or like you are heading to go clubbing, etc., you will be passed over every time. If you get an interview, leave your phone in the car!!! Again, shake hands, look them in the eye, etc. Research the company beforehand, etc. Things that will get you passed over every time… sloppy dress, on your phone, slouchy demeanor, asking about pay or benefits before you get a job offer (remember this is about the employer, not the employee), showing up late, cursing, etc. This should all be common sense, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be… Best of luck to all you job seekers!

    • Crystal B. says:

      I am an adult student who was in the same profession with the same employment group for almost 25 years. These directives from you are spot on. Sloppy and/or inappropriate dressing/clothing/demeanor, cleavage, phones, and every other issue you mentioned is absolutely necessary. However it is necessary, not only when obtaining/attaining a “job” but also in keeping that job. Thank you for sharing your insight!

    • Holly says:

      I don’t understand why or how it is bad to mention pay briefly to know what you’re in for if you get the job. It’s about the employee too, no one wants to try very hard to get a job, then find out it’s paying way under what they originally thought.

      • G Taylor says:

        Certainly it is about both employee and employer. But we are talking about summer jobs here, and assuming the pay is going to be low, not later-in-career jobs. I was always told that it is a turnoff when someone starts asking about pay and benefits long before it is established that they are even in the running for the job. In my experience, it comes across as being “all about me” rather than meeting the needs of the employer. At this point in the process, the potential employee is selling him/herself. What can they bring to the employer? How can they be an asset? Then once they are convinced you are the one to hire, at that point, it is ok to ask questions about pay and benefits. Just know that if you ask these questions in the first interview before you are offered the job, the interviewer may be turned off by that.

  3. Sohaib says:

    Came in right time I really need a job. So I can take care of my own expenses. It’s just frustrating but thanks for article.

  4. Emeli says:

    I am looking for a job where I can work with people. I like interacting with people, and conversing.
    Any suggestions?

    • Sandybn says:

      Hi Emeli! There are tons of great job opportunities for a “people person” like you! Working in retail or in sales definitely gives you the chance to interact with all sorts of customers/clients. Customer service requires a ton of personal interaction as well!

  5. Willis Odiwuor says:

    I am looking for any type of job during summer

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