This time of year has me reminiscing about the homework-free, sunshine-filled days of summer. With only a few months left of the school year and summer job applications already popping up, now is the perfect time to begin planning for those warmer months. A summer job will help you build your resume, gain marketable skills, help determine your future interests, and earn you some money. Start preparing now so that you can make the most of your time off.
Not sure where to begin? The easiest place to start when you’re preparing for a summer job is creating or updating your resume. If you’ve never written a resume before, there are plenty of online resources that will guide you through the process. If you already have a resume, make sure it’s up to date. Do you have any new employment or volunteer experiences, certifications, or awards you can add that will boost your resume? If you have a specific job in mind that you want to apply for, it’s a good idea to tailor your resume to highlight your relevant skills and experiences.
Your next step is to determine the types of jobs you are interested in and qualified for. Do you want to work outside, or would you prefer being indoors? Would you like a team environment, or do you work best on your own? Do you have any specific skills, such as customer service, working with computer programs, or marketing through social media, that you could put to use at a summer job? Fill out Your Lifeline form to help you with this process of self-discovery. Once you have your interests narrowed down, it’s time to start job hunting!
These days, most job opportunities are posted online. Check out websites like Indeed to find job openings in your area, or research specific companies to determine if they’re hiring. The Government of Ontario also has many summer job opportunities for students. You can also talk to friends, family, and neighbours to see if they know of anyone who is hiring for the summer. In addition to applying to jobs online, head out to local businesses in your area with resumes in hand and apply in person. Sometimes all it takes is that face-to-face connection to land you an awesome summer job!
Hopefully all of your efforts will result in an interview. This is your time to shine, so make sure you’re prepared! Research the organization you’re interviewing for and review some sample interview questions. Most importantly, make sure you show your enthusiasm and personality!
Best of luck on your summer job hunt!