So, your student is looking for a summer job. You know you can help – but how much is too much? It’s a parent’s conundrum and understandably so. Here are some helpful suggestions of what you can do to help, without disrupting your student’s ability to learn from the experience:While students are familiar with the Internet, they should also be looking in key local spots. Make sure to suggestion that he or she stop in businesses and local organizations to see if they’re looking for summer employment. Your student should not overlook other key job-hunting resources, like workforce centers, community centers or the nearby college’s career center – or even bulletin boards at libraries, coffee shops and other community hot spots.As an adult, you likely have friends, professional colleagues and other contacts who work within or, perhaps even own their own businesses who may have open summer positions. Offer to put your student in touch with your contacts or give them the contact information to contact the individuals themselves, but leave it up to your students to do the legwork.Do not ask your contact to give your student a job – that’s not the point! It’s all about networking and getting a foot in the door. Help Develop a List of Strengths One of the most difficult tasks in creating a resume is coming up with strengths, skills and abilities about yourself. Luckily, as a parent, you’ve witnessed it all and you’re in a key position to help your student come up with a comprehensive list. In addition, help your student develop a list of what his or her interests are as well. Obviously he or she is aware of these interests but coming up with them on demand is often more difficult. When you point out the obvious, your student may realize his or her summer job potential quicker than doing so alone.
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