Though the country is still gripped by frigid temperatures and snow, it’s actually time to start thinking about your summer job, believe it or not. As you prep for the warmer months ahead, start the job search process to guarantee you have a job that will provide a steady paycheck, help build your resume and provide you with an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
1. Prepare your resume and cover letter.
If you haven’t already, you need to prepare a resume or cover letter to officially begin the job search. And if you don’t have a resume yet, check out our part-time job resume sample
(we have a cover letter sample
too!) to get started. While you may not have any real work experience to feature, you definitely have academic and extracurricular activity to boast.
Try to keep the length of your resume to one sheet of paper. Print multiple copies, and use nice paper if you plan to hand your resume to hiring managers in person. Completing this task first will enable you to move quickly and efficiently through your job search, which can work in your favor when the decision is between you and another potential employee.
2. Start the job search.
Once you have a resume and cover letter ready to go, it’s time to start the search. Use an online search engine like Fastweb or Monster. Ask your parents, mentors or counselors about opportunities in your community. Or, show some initiative and visit places that you’d like to work to see if there are any part-time summer openings.
If you’re stuck on where to look for a part-time summer job, consider these industries: construction, hospitality, landscaping, office work, recreation and tourism. You could also think ahead when it comes to your future summer job, and select an industry in which you may want a full-time job after graduation. This will give you that real-world experience you need to land your first real job.
3. Be available for interviews.
If you’re searching for jobs back home and attend college at a distance, it may be difficult to commute home just for an interview. That’s why it’s imperative to make yourself available in whatever capacity you can, which means you need to get creative.
Let hiring managers know you’re available over email or to chat on the phone. You could also Skype or FaceTime job interviews that aren’t within driving distance. With that, though, you must communicate to the hiring manager that you’re committed to coming home for the summer to work. Competition will be tough with those who are already in the area applying for summer jobs.
As the old saying goes: the early bird gets the worm. And that rings true for the search for a part-time summer job
. Start now in order to give yourself the time to find the opportunities that will be real resume builders.
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