7 Smart Tips for Finding a Job This Summer

7 Smart Tips for Finding a Job This Summer
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    For college juniors and below, you're busy working toward your degree while also taking note that the senior class is about to graduate with most now seeking a full-time job.


Lucky for you, you still have one or more years left of school before you have to pound the pavement in search of employment. Still, you know that you need a job this summer if you are to get some money in your pocket and much-needed experience on your resume.

Let’s look at seven smart tips for finding a job this summer:

1. Update your resume — You say that you don’t need a resume? Don’t be silly. In this Internet age you still need to show a potential employer what you can do and that “show and tell” comes in the form of a resume. Head over to your college’s career office for assistance in crafting one.

2. Get LinkedIn — Yes, you can have an online copy of resume available in addition to a hard copy. This soft copy should be posted to LinkedIn, the most popular business destination on the web. Open an account, copy and paste your resume and connect with others.

3. Clean up your Facebook — Now is not the time to house incriminating photos of yourself online. Employers will look for these and will hold “drunken frat” and other unseemly photos against you. Even if you’re not connected on Facebook or wherever, your online presence should be a positive one and certainly never a distraction.

4. Head back to the career office — You already visited your college’s career office for assistance with your resume. Now head back and ask about internships or other job opportunities. Never assume that the college knows your needs — make your needs known. Find out about companies that work with college students and what you must do to get interviewed. Some schools will also allow you to claim college credit for internships successfully completed.

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5. Ask family members — Many large employers will bring on summer staff members to supplement their regular staff members as they go on summer vacation. Some employers welcome staff adult children to work, giving these young people an opportunity to find work, make money and gain experience. Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings for assistance.

6. Check with your last employer — This probably isn’t the first summer you have sought employment. If that is the case, contact your employer from last summer to see if you can be taken back. If you did a good job, then you have a leg up as you already have experience and your employer knows you. It may not be the career enhancing job that you want, but honest work does count for something and can be listed prominently on your resume.

7. Start a business — Or act like one. Seriously, if you cannot find work, but have a talent, then put that talent to work by starting a side business. This can include building a blog for a business, providing social media assistance online, tutoring elementary aged children, you name it. Someone, somewhere needs your services — be creative and think of ways you can spread the word about what you do.

Final Thoughts

Whatever work you find will help you build your resume. Summer employment is a temporary opportunity that occasionally leads to something long term, even permanent. Keep you options open and your attitude right and you’ll find work in no time.

See Also — 7 Quick Ways to Earn Cash This Summer

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