Since I’m ‘technically’ going to become a student again in September and my current job ends April 30th (aka making me a student anyways..) I’m classifying myself in the student category for work this summer. Which means finding a job ASAP. This becomes a cringe-worthy task for any student-especially when you are more than likely quitting after 4 months of work, which most places dread. Some people are fortunate enough to have a summer job lined up by returning to a previous job that needs people for season work regardless. In my situation, my work closes and has very little opportunities to work, aka maybe once a week if that. Here are some tips I’ve used in the past and are using now.
1. Contact previous employers.
I was lucky enough to have two jobs this previous summer and left on good terms with each equally. I’ve reached out to one of my previous employers to see if there is a need for work this summer since students may be leaving for the summer, and I’ve already worked there. Some places welcome this due to less training needed for incoming employees-especially meaning they already know your work ethic and how flexible you are. If a place liked you and know what your bring to the table, most of the time they will be honest with you in regards to if there will, or won’t, be work available for you for the upcoming summer months.
2. Reconfigure your resume.
Since the last time I’ve updated my resume, I’ve had three very different jobs. I worked as a receptionist temporarily full time, at a burrito place, and as an assistant manager (my current job). Adding these previous experiences to your resume is beneficial. Although some employers may be wary as to why you only held two very different jobs for a short period of time, you can explain this reasoning to them while also showing how driven you are by holding two jobs and working lots of hours in between that time period. I worked a part time and the temporary full time position by not complaining to my part time employer of how many hours a week I was working, and updated my availability to nights and weekends which suited them fine.
3. Don’t be picky-too picky that is.
I say this strongly since too many times I have heard people complain that they could not find a job anywhere because they were only applying to places that also did not suit their experience and would not hire them due to lack of experience. Do I want to work at a grocery store part time during the summer? No. Is it a job that is decently flexible and will give me money to pay my bills? Yes. Would I apply anyways? Yes, because at the end of the day you’ve got to take what you can get, even if it means work is torturous for a few months. I have hated a few of my part time jobs, but I stuck my nose to the ground, worked hard, and it paid off, regardless if I hated the position and work I was doing. At the end of the day, it is a learning experience and something that will make you a more well-rounded candidate for a further position in life. I’ve found the more customer experience you have, the more people are willing to hire you since you can interact with people in a positive, and professional manner. I worked at a government law office for two summers and one of the things they loved was the fact that I had 3 years worth of customer experience which they sought after as a valuable skill I could maintain within my position. Every little bit helps these days.
Do you have any other tips? Do you think there is anything else that is super vital in regards to summer jobs? Let me know!