5 Steps to Landing a Summer Job

2010Fortson4-HCampCounselorsBy the time summer rolls around, many teens find themselves stuck at home without anything to do. Most of the summer jobs have been scooped up by June which can leave you stranded and with no money to spend. What’s the solution? Start your summer job search early and increase your chances of securing summer employment so you’ll have money in your pocket and not be totally bored. I’ve found out the hard way that planning ahead is definitely worthwhile. Early planning not only increases your chances of finding a job, you’ll likely have a choice and you won’t have to settle for the leftovers. Here are some tips on how to land a summer job!

First, think about what you’d like to do, along with the amount of hours you can work and what days you’re available.

The second step is to evaluate your skills and what you have to offer.  What kind of experiences do you have – either as a volunteer or in a previous paid position? What are you good at? For example, could you be a camp counselor and teach a sport or a musical instrument? Do you have experience taking care of children?

The third step is to create a resume. If you have no idea how to write one, ask your guidance counselor, teacher, or a trusted adult. You’ll want to make sure your resume captures your strengths and skills and has a professional format, is organized, and is free of spelling errors. Once the resume has been written, make sure to have an adult proof read it. Listen to the feedback and tweak your resume until you feel comfortable giving it to a potential employer.

The fourth step is to research places/businesses that are hiring. You can check local newspapers and online ads. You can even stop in at local businesses and ask if you can fill out a job application. If not, leave a copy of your resume so the manager of the business can get in touch with you should a job opening become available.

The fifth and final step is the “interview”. Make sure you do some research so you have a basic knowledge of the company or business you are applying to. Think about possible questions you might be asked during the interview so you can be prepared with thoughtful answers. If needed, practice having an interview with your guidance counselor, family or friend. Even if you don’t find your “dream” job, try to find a job that meets most of your requirements.

– Monica