Summer jobs are popular among students looking to earn some extra cash over the summer holidays. They are also a great way to add some experience onto CV’s for the future, as many more employers want to hire people with past experience nowadays. Some people have even moved onto full time positions from the connections they made through working summer jobs. With all these great benefits, it really is a worthwhile use of your time.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know where to start when it comes to looking for summer jobs; thankfully HR Recruitment has come up with some helpful tips on how to find one:
Have a Good Think
It sounds tempting to jump right into searching for summer positions online; however a little planning can go a long way.
Have a think about the types of jobs you could see yourself working, maybe even write them down. Many summer jobs are in areas like retail and food service which have high employee turnover rates, which means it tends to be easier to find work in these areas.
Think about how far you’re willing to travel for your summer job. There’s no use in looking through hundreds of interesting job search results if they are nowhere near where you intend to live. Once you’ve established how far away from home you can realistically commute, you can further refine your options.
Consider what kind of summer job could be relevant experience to what you would like to do in the future. This can help out a lot and make you stand out among other potential employees when you look for a more permanent position.
Begin the Job Search
Next you’ll want to look through a range of sources for summer jobs that meet your criteria. This means company websites, job search engines, recruitment agencies, newspapers, television ads, and in-store ads. Note down the details of all the appropriate summer job openings you find and think about how you are going to reach out to them. Typically you would send them your CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing why you want to work for them and why you think you would be a good fit for the role. Keep it short and sweet, and try to keep your CV about a page long.
Many people tend to send tens or hundreds of CV’s out to a host of different companies and establishments; they make it quantity over quality. However you should instead go for quality over quantity. Take the time to create a well-structured and informative CV, and write up a brief but unique cover letter for every position, as this will make you stand out among the ocean of CV’s that employers receive every day.
Ace the Interview
By following the tips above and with a bit of luck, you will hopefully receive a response asking you to come in for an interview for your summer job. Be sure to dress for the part and make the best possible impression on the employers that you can. Following a great interview, you might just get the summer job you’ve worked so hard for.
Good luck in finding your perfect summer job, and here’s some helpful job interview tips.