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7 Smart Ways to Look for a Summer Job

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
June 14, 2016 · 1.8k Views

Whether you’re a teenager ready to join the workforce for the first time, a student looking for a seasonal job over the summer vacation, or a recent college graduate trying to get some experience under your belt, landing a summer job or internship isn’t all that easy. With the struggling economy and the increased competition for employment, finding a part-time or seasonal job or internship is actually quite difficult. Along with creating a killer resume and preparing to ace your interviews, here are seven additional tips to consider when looking for a summer job or internship this year.

Bonus tip: dress well for your interview. Hunting down jobs, creating your resume and applying is just half the work. The other half is where you need to shine. Your interview or work wardrobe speak volumes about you! However, you don't need to break the bank buying up nice outfits, try The Limited, Macy's, Kohl's and ASOS for casual work wear and more. 


1. Start the search early.

Keep in mind, you’re not the only one looking for a summer job or internship, so make sure you beat the rush by starting your search as early as possible. You should definitely start by springtime, but in actuality, no time is too soon! Be the first to find out about job and internship postings by signing up for free daily email alerts from job search sites like Simply Hired, Snag a Job, and Indeed.

2. Use all of your networks.

One of the most important things to remember when searching for a job or an internship is to look in many different places. Utilize various job search websites, such as Craigslist, Monster, and the like. Take advantage of each of your social media networks. Follow companies’ Facebook pages and Twitter profiles in order to receive updates about job postings, etc. If you’re looking for a specific area of employment, consider creating a LinkedIn account and joining the appropriate professional networks. And don’t forget about your personal relationships and networks! Ask your family and friends to spread the word - via social media and word of mouth - that you’re looking for a summer job or internship.

3. Contact past employers.

Your old jobs are a perfect place to begin your search for a new job. Research shows that, typically, over 60% of part-time summer employers rehire their former employees. So don’t hesitate to ask your former employers - the ones that you have a good standing relationship with, anyway - if they’re hiring or looking for interns. Even if they’re not, ask them if they might know of anyone else who is. It can’t hurt!

4. Look into federal jobs.

Did you know that the government has money set aside for youth-related jobs and training, distributed all throughout the states? Most government jobs even pay at least $10 per hour! Not bad for a starting rate! The best way to find out what jobs are available is to visit a career center near you (these are typically affiliated with state unemployment offices). You can also use the student job search feature on USA Jobs to search for federal jobs by city.

5. Look for work in seasonal industries and expanding industries.

There are many places that increase their staffing during the summer months, as this is the time when they are the busiest. Places like this include summer camps, amusement parks, music festivals, community parks, and more. In addition to seasonal jobs, consider jobs that are in growing industries, such as jobs in the healthcare industry, the foodservice industry, and the retail industry.

6. Look for jobs in person.

While job search websites and social networking platforms are great online tools for finding a job or an internship, don’t underestimate the power of carrying out your search on-foot and in-person. Many small businesses don’t advertise on the Internet, so simply walking around your community and looking for “now hiring” or “help wanted” signs in windows might land you the perfect summer gig!

7. Create your own work.

Not having any luck with your job hunt? How about creating your own work and being your own boss? There are tons of ways to make money on your own. All you have to do is figure out what you’re best at and monetize those talents. Making money doing what you’re good at! Put out ads and flyers for childcare, elderly care, or pet care services; perform housekeeping or landscaping for people around your neighborhood; let parents know you can tutor their children; or even offer to sell items for your neighbors on eBay. If you can’t find any opportunities out there, just create your own!

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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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