How to Find a Summer Job

Explore how you can find the best summer jobs, including summer job ideas and 10 tips to attain student employment.

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By Matt Shirley

We all understand that the best summer job is one that allows you to work when you want to work, enjoy what you’re doing, and most importantly, make a little money while school’s not in session. Unfortunately, in today’s bleak job market, summer employment is becoming harder and harder to find.

But all hope isn’t lost. Whether you’re still in high school or back home from college, there are steps you can take to increase your odds of getting that perfect summer job.

As long as you aren’t looking for a 9-5, 40 hours a week position, odd jobs can make perfect summer employment opportunities

Tips to Finding a Summer Job

  • Always portray yourself as responsible. Employers generally look at teenagers as flaky, undependable workers, and you’ll be always working against this stereotype. Go out of your way to appear the opposite of undependable: Show up early to a job interview, construct an organized and detailed résumé, and demonstrate your abilities to take on responsibility.
  • Tell everyone you’re looking for a summer job. Don’t be afraid to advertise your job search. Explore the connections you already have with friends, neighbors, and family members, and build new connections as you progress through your summer job search. Tell everyone on Facebook and Twitter, but don’t be obnoxious about it. Always remember that you aren’t owed a summer job.
  • Know your target. At this point in your life, your dream job is probably still a few years down the line. Don’t hold out for the perfect job. Instead, look for positions within your field of expertise or interest. If you think you want to be a businessman down the line, think about starting your own lawn mowing mini-business. If you’re into law, see if the local law office is hiring assistants or interns. If you like cooking, start with a job at McDonalds. It’s great to have goals, even if your job search eventually leads you to the more popular summer job positions.

Summer Job Ideas

  • Bank Teller. If you’re over 18, a job as a bank teller might be an excellent opportunity. Many banks hire seasonal help for employees who are taking summer vacations.
  • Umpire or Referee. Summer sports season is an extremely important time in thousands of kids’ lives across the country. What this means for you: lots and lots of job opportunities for umpires and referees for all the big summer sports.
  • Camp Counselor. As their namesake implies, summer camps are extremely popular in, well, the summer. Take advantage of numerous job opportunities if you’re one who embraces taking care of kids.
  • Odd Jobs. As long as you aren’t looking for a 9-5, 40 hours a week position, odd jobs can make perfect summer employment opportunities. Ask around your neighborhood, post a couple flyers, and advertise your services on Facebook. You’ll be surprised at how many people might need summer help.

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