Planning to Work This Summer?
School's out and you've got the whole summer ahead to kick back and relax. Or do you? Many young adults are finding that not only does it help the wallet to get a part or full time job in the summer, but it also "pays" by getting experience in the work world before graduating from school.
Tips for Summer Employment
- Get Help: If you are a teen or a college student looking for a summer job, check with your High School Guidance Office or College Career Services Office and ask how they can assist with your summer job search.
- Work Permit: In some states, if you are under eighteen, you may need to obtain a Work Permit in order to legally be able to work. Get them now, so you will be able to start work as soon as you get the job. Check with your State Government's web site by visiting this site.
- Resume or Not? If you are applying by mail or email, more than likely you'll need to submit a resume. If you are applying in person, bring a resume if you have one. If not, be prepared to complete an application. Check out these tips on how to write a resume. Remember it doesn't need to be lengthy ... just the facts will do!
- References: Have a list of a few references ready to give to interviewers. Baby-sitting and volunteer references are fine, if you haven't worked before.
- Hit the Road: Interested in working at a local amusement park, beach or park or at a retail store in town or at the mall? One of the best ways to find this type of summer job is by applying in person. So, plan on spending some time visiting potential job sites and filling out applications.
- Check the Newspaper and Web: Don't forget to check the Help Wanted ads in your local newspaper and web sites like monster.com.
- Networking Works: Networking isn't just for full-time employment. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a summer job, you never know who might be able to help you out.
- Dress Appropriately: Make sure you dress appropriately, are ready to complete an application, and are prepared for an on-the-spot interview.
- Dress should be neat and tidy. Business casual (khakis and a collared shirt) is usually appropriate.
- Make sure your hair and fingernails are well groomed.
- Bring the information you need to complete an application, along with a pen and pad of paper for notes.
- Don't Wait: Summer jobs often get filled fast, so getting going on your job search! On the other hand, college students often leave their summer job early to go back to school. So, if you have gotten a late start on your summer, you still may be able to find a job for the latter part of the season.