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Top Companies Hiring for Part-Time Summer Jobs

Looking for a part-time summer job? Here are a few places to start the job search.

Kathryn Knight Randolph

June 01, 2022

Top Companies Hiring for Part-Time Summer Jobs
Now is the time to start looking for your summer job.
Summer break is just weeks away, and if you haven’t found a summer job, now is the time to get started. As the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.” You don’t want to lose out on opportunities because of the increased competition as the end of classes – and summer break – draw near. Interested in retail, babysitting or hospitality? There’s a job for you! Take a look at some of the top jobs for students, according to Monster, for summer job search inspiration.
  1. Animal Caretakers
    An animal caretaker can range from a dog walker to a veterinary assistant or intern. For animal care job opportunities, check with your local vet or post your willingness to walk dogs on your neighborhood’s Facebook group. Monster states that animal caretakers earn an average of $13 per hour. Companies hiring animal caretakers: PetSmart, Barkbus, and Great Wolf Lodge. Find animal caretaker jobs on Monster.
  2. Babysitter or Nanny Do you love working with children? You could spend your summer watching children in their home or at a summer camp. There are countless opportunities for those looking for a babysitting or nannying job this summer. According to Monster, the average hourly wage for babysitters and nannies is $14 per hour.
    Companies hiring babysitters/nannies:, Boys & Girls Club, and regional daycares and preschools. Find babysitting and nanny jobs on Monster.
  3. Barista Fuel your caffeine obsession this summer by working at a local or chain coffee shop. Barista responsibilities include taking orders, creating drinks, and cleaning the facility. Baristas can make an average of $12 per hour, plus tips. Companies hiring baristas: Peet’s Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Find barista job openings on Monster.
  4. Brand Ambassador Brand Ambassador jobs are perfect for budding marketing students. These roles allow you to promote a brand you love at in-person events or through social media. Brand ambassadors can make over $35,000 a year, reports Monster. Companies hiring brand ambassadors: AT&T, Nordstrom, and Bits of Stock. Find brand ambassador jobs on Monster.
  5. Line Cook If you’re an aspiring chef, one of the best ways to get some hands on experience is to serve as a line chef. In addition to hourly pay, you’ll very likely get a free meal (or two) each time you work. According to Monster, line cooks make an average of $13 per hour. Companies hiring line cooks: Olive Garden, McDonald’s, and TGI Friday’s. Find line cook openings on Monster.
  6. Restaurant Server This particular job is especially popular with high school and college students. In addition to taking down orders and getting them right, you must also possess great customer service skills. Restaurant servers make an average of $11 per hour, plus tips. Companies hiring restaurant servers: Red Robin, Fricker’s, and local restaurants. Find server jobs on Monster.
  7. Sales Associate A sales associate can work in a variety of places, from a national retail chain to a local showroom. You will develop customer service skills as well as a detailed understanding of what it takes to run a business or franchise on a day-to-day basis. Monster reports that sales associates make over $28,000 per year. Companies hiring sales associates: The Home Depot, Nike, and J. Crew. Find sales associate openings on Monster.
  8. Social Media Assistant You don’t have to be social media savvy to land a job as a social media assistant – but it certainly helps. This role includes scheduling posts for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on platforms like Hootsuite. A social media assistant can make over $45,000 per year, according to Monster. Companies hiring social media assistants: Ulta, Arizona State University, and Johnson & Johnson. Find social media assistant jobs on Monster.
  9. Tutor A tutor is a great job for a high school or college student. You can tutor in grade school, high school, or even your college peers. Tutors can make an average of $19 per hour. Companies hiring tutors:, Huntington Learning Centers, and Sylvan Learning. Find tutor jobs on Monster.
  10. Writer Writing students can begin adding to their portfolio before they even graduate. Many companies require freelance writers for blog posts, site content, and social media posts. According to Monster, writers can make an average of $25 per hour. Companies hiring writers: iHeart Media, Los Angeles Times, and Veterans Minute Media. Find writing jobs on Monster.

How to Get a Part-Time Job This Summer

If you’re looking to beat out the competition for a part-time summer job, you need to up your game. That includes revamping your resume and cover letter as well as working on your interview skills. If you’ve never created a resume before, we have you covered. Check out our first part-time job resume template on Fastweb. However, if you already have a resume, it’s very likely that you need to update it before you begin the job search. This is your chance to include any experience or achievements you’ve gained in the last year of school. It’s also your chance to completely change your resume if that’s your choice. Many resume formats today look more like a social media profile and really showcase a candidate’s creative side. A simple search online will show you a few examples. You may need a cover letter for your job search too. Oftentimes, this can be the email you initially send into a hiring manager. Again, we’ve got you covered with a cover letter template if you’ve never created one before. Finally, it’s time to brush up on your interview skills. Before the interview, make sure you do your research on the role, the industry, and the company you’re interviewing with specifically. Write down any questions you may have for the interviewer. Also, check out common interview questions and answers so that you can be prepared for these questions that typically pop up. You can even practice with a family member or friend – or simply rehearse them in your mirror. The more you prepare your answers, the better you’ll sound during the part-time job interview.

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