This summer, I am lucky enough to be employed, but many of my friends are STILL looking for a job. The scary part: most incoming first year students are still in high school until the end of June and haven’t even began looking for work yet.
Here are my tips for finding a job this summer:
1. Have your resume on hand.
Keep this staple document up-to-date and saved on your computer. That way, when opportunities come up, you don’t have to scramble to pull together your information into a cohesive document, you can just tailor your resume the various jobs you apply for.
2. Ask around (and start early)
With so many students looking for work in such a short period of time, it is important to start looking early. Many university students start looking as early as Reading Week for employment! The earlier you go, the less amount of people there will be looking for summer employment as well. This translates into more face-time with the manager and a shorter stack of resumes to compete against. Plus, pinning down a job early takes the stress out of job hunting. So if you haven’t already (especially high school students): get out there now and start looking!
This summer, I can attest to the adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, as my Dad’s co-worker’s husband was able to get me a position at his company. By shamelessly asking everyone in your family and circle of friends to assist you in your job search, you are bound to find opportunities for the summer and when that happens…
3. Apply, Apply, Apply!
No matter how great a candidate you are, nothing will happen unless you apply. Remember that you don’t have to take the position if you are offered it, but filling out applications and handing out resumes opens you to be considered for jobs. Don’t be afraid to apply for something out of your comfort zone either. On a personal note, I am experienced in aquatics but just traded in my bathing suit and whistle for a pair of work boots, which would not have happened if I didn’t take a chance and apply.
4. Be positive
There are always two ways to look at any situation, including job seeking. Even though it can be incredibly stressful, approaching the situation with a positive outlook not only leaves a good impression with potential employers but it also makes the monotony of filling out applications, going to interviews and waiting for “the call” slightly easier.
So what are you waiting for? Start talking, applying, building your resume and above all, unveiling your positive selves to potential employers- I know they’d be thrilled to hire you!