How To Find A Summer Job
In a tight economy, figuring how to find a summer job can be tough. Many jobs that have historically been held by teens or college students are now held by adults who are between full-time jobs. However, there are still plenty of summer jobs to be had. Use these tips to help you find the perfect summer gig.
- Network. Talk to anyone you know that might be aware of part-time or seasonal employment, which make for the perfect summer job. Start with friends, neighbors, friends of your parents (and the parents of your friends), people from your church or other spiritual community, teachers. They may know of someone who needs informal help over the summer with babysitting, house sitting, lawn care, and other such work.
- Market yourself. Take a look at your skills. What are you good at? Are you good with animals? Consider starting a petsitting or dog walking service. Offer to teach tennis lessons or another skill. Then print yourself some flyers, or go to a site like Vistaprint and get some free business cards. Put them up in public areas that allow advertising. Also be sure to talk yourself up—let anyone you can think of know you are looking for work over the summer.
- Check the listings. The want ads for your local paper, both in print and online, offer a wealth of summer job opportunities. Also keep an eye out for Help Wanted signs, especially at small businesses.
- Look into seasonal work. If you live near a resort area or amusement park, seasonal jobs often abound. This is a great way to get a fun summer job. Also consider looking for seasonal jobs such as detassling corn, serving as a day camp counselor or lifeguard with your local parks and recreation department, or working at any local tourist attractions. Colleges and universities also may have summer openings, since many on-campus part-time jobs are filled by students who go home in the summertime.
- Be open-minded. A summer job is usually temporary, so be flexible about the type of job you'll take. Apply widely—the market is tight even for part-time work in many parts of the country. Remember that even if you don't love the job, you'll likely only be there for a few months, and you will at the very least gain valuable experience.
- Be professional. Even though your summer job is likely to last only a few months, stay professional. Dress conservatively for interviews. Use appropriate language. When you land a job, be on time, perform the job to the best of your ability, and follow all policies. You may need to draw on that employer as a reference later!