How to Find a Summer Job As a Student
If you are hoping to find a summer job and make the most of it, there are certain things you must keep in mind before applying. Take a moment to consider what you want out of a summer job—be it gaining skills or earning some extra pocket money—and what goals you have. After figuring out the direction you want to head in start your job search and prepare for interviews. Scroll down to Step 1 for more information.
Figuring Out Your Direction
Take a moment to consider what you want out of a summer job.The type of summer job you apply for should be based on what you are hoping to get out of it. Ask yourself questions that will help you to determine what kind of job you should be applying to. Ask questions like:
- Do you want to get some experience in your field of study? Look for internships and assistant positions where you can learn the basics of your industry.
- Are you hoping a summer job could turn into a full time job at the company once you graduate? Look for entry-level positions that you can continue to work part-time while you finish school.
- Are you simply hoping to make some extra money during your summer break? Then broaden your search to cover many fields that pay well or that offer plenty of hours.
Think about your past experience.When trying to figure out what sort of jobs you should apply for, take a moment to think about the jobs and experiences you have had in the past. In particular, think about the skills you have and what sort of job they could be useful for.Ask yourself:
- What skills have you learned from those experiences? How can they be applied to other jobs?
- Is there a particular job that you loved, and you would like to find another one like it?
- Is there a job you hated and want to avoid in the future?
Consider the goals you have and the skills you want to acquire.Take a moment to create a list of goals for yourself that you want to achieve through a summer job. Also consider the skills that you are hoping to develop while working during your break. Make a list of these goals and skills. Refer back to the list when you begin applying for jobs. If the job you are applying for won’t fulfill these goals or skills, you might want to consider applying to a different job.
- What type of projects would you be really excited about working on?
- What type of working environment are you hoping to be a part of?
- What companies you would specifically be targeting
- What sort of people or teammates do you want to learn from?
Add to your list of goals as you gain more experience.Your goal and desired skill list should be an ever-changing document. While you might have an experience or hold a job that allows you to cross off one of the goals on your list, you should also be adding new goals as they arise.
Ask for advice if you are having trouble getting started.It can be hard to start up a job search, particularly if it is your first one. Don’t be afraid to as for help from people who have applied to jobs before. They might be able to give you personal tips that could completely change your job search. Talk to people like:
- Your parents and relatives.
- Friends who have applied for jobs in the past.
- Your guidance counselor or someone at your school’s career center.
Starting Your Job Search
Start your job search early.If possible, start searching for a job before summer begins, as job searches can take a long time. Starting early will also set you ahead of your peers who are also looking for summer jobs.
- Consider starting your job search in late winter or early spring, as most company’s will begin accepting summer job applications around that time.
Find out if you are required to have working papers.Some countries may have legal restrictions for students who are hoping to work. In particular, if you are younger than 18 years old, there is a chance that you will have to obtain working papers (ie. employment and age certificates) that will make it legal for you to start working.
- Talk to your guidance counselor at your school about whether or not you need working papers.
- If you are in the United States, you can also contact the State Department of Labor to find out more about working papers and if you need them or not.
Collect at least three references.Many companies will ask for references along with your resume when you apply for a job. References are people who write down notes that vouch for your character and work ethic that you then submit to your interviewers. Prepare a separate document for your references—do not add them to your resume.Good people to ask for a written reference include:
- Academic advisors.
- Volunteer leaders.
Target your applications to jobs that are tailored to your interests and skills, as discussed in Part 1.When applying for jobs, you should try to apply to positions that will help you to achieve one of your goals or hone a desired skill. Interviewers can often tell if you are passionate or excited about a position.
Broaden your network and ask around about available jobs.When you have a large network of professionals, you are likely to find a job more quickly than people who do not know anyone in their field. To expand your network and find out if anyone you know knows of available jobs, talk to teachers, former employers, friends, parents, and coaches.
- Talk to these people about any job openings they might know of, or if they have recommendations about who you should talk to or what companies you should look into.
Search for jobs online.There are many websites out there that list job openings. You can search these websites for jobs in the field you are interested in. In fact, there are even websites where you can search for summer jobs. You can also look for part-time job sites if you are hoping to work in the summer while also getting to make the most of your summer vacation.
- Websites like SimplyHired and Indeed list summer and part-time jobs.
Apply online.Most companies will allow you to apply online. Each company will require different information from you. Be prepared to fill out an extended online job application on top of sending off your:
- Resume or CV.
- Cover letter explaining why you want the job and why you would be a perfect fit for it.
- Samples of your work (ie. writing samples, photography work, etc.).
Applying in Person
Visit companies to find out what positions are vacant.If you would prefer to apply in person, or have a specific company that you want to work for, consider going into their office and talking to a representative face-to-face. Doing this can help you to stand out from the sea of faceless online resumes the company receives.
- When you go into the office, talk to the receptionist about what positions are available, and if there is anyone you can talk to right away about setting up an interview.
Be prepared for an on-spot interview.If you go into an office and ask about available positions, you may be asked to do an interview right then and there. That means that you need to be prepared before hand. Consider your availability so that you can tell them what hours you can work right away.Prepare answers to common interview questions like:
- Tell me a little about yourself?
- What experience do you have in this field?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What do you think your strengths are?
- What do you think your weaknesses are?
- When can you start working and how many hours do you think you could work each week?
Dress appropriately.When going for an interview, it is important to wear appropriate clothing. Try to wear ‘business casual’ clothes and avoid clothing and accessories that could be deemed inappropriate.
- Girls: Wear a blouse with a knee-length skirt or dress, or wear a nice shirt with slacks and a blazer. Wear nice shoes. If you choose to wear high heels, avoid stilettos.
- Guys: Wear a nice polo shirt or dress shirt with slacks and some nice, undamaged shoes. In very formal settings, you should wear a tie and blazer.
Remember to take all of your required documents with you.Even if you have not been told which documents to bring, you should bring a folder of important documents with you. That way, you can give a hard copy of your resume to your interviewer that you can refer to during the interview. Bring these documents with you:
- Resume or CV.
- Cover letter.
- List of references.
- Professional certificates.
- Examples of your work.
- Practice answering interview questions with someone you trust like a friend, family member, or guidance counselor.
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