Summer is the perfect time for anyone in high school, college or even recent college graduates to find a job. Seasonal hiring increases in the summer, and there is an uptick in tourism which helps drive many local economies.
It’s not too late to hunt for a job, but there’s no time to waste in your job search.
A few tips to help you get started in your job hunt are:
1. Create or Update Your Resume
Whether this is your first time looking for a job or you’ve been through several jobs already, you’ll want to have a resume available. I recommend looking at the top resume examples and modifying your resume to match the examples.
If you’ve had recent jobs or obtained skills that you’ve not yet added to your resume, now is the time to do so.
But what if you’ve never had a job before? It’s a good idea to go to your guidance or career services center at your school if they’re still open. These professionals will help you come up with your first resume, provide tips on landing a job and can also recommend companies hiring this summer.
2. Volunteer Your Time at a Place You Want to Work
If you don’t have a current job, you have one thing: plenty of time. This is a good time to start volunteering which can lead to a job, too. Volunteer at your local animal shelter or opt to volunteer at a nursing home.
Nonprofit events and charities are a great place to volunteer.
Not only is this a great networking opportunity, but it’s also a great addition to your resume. You can start putting your work as a volunteer on your resume once you start, and it may be the key to landing an interview.
3. Make a Schedule Immediately
A major mistake that people make when they’re between jobs or trying to find their first job is to not keep a schedule. Schedules are very important if you want to have any success in your job search.
Schedule everything out:
- Wake up time
- Hours searching for a job
- Ways to boost your skills or experience
If you do not make a schedule, it’s easy to fall into the relaxation of summer and start slacking off majorly. Schedules may be tedious, but they’re designed to keep you on track – something that’s very hard to do.
4. Make a List of Jobs You Want to Pursue
You’re likely familiar with the seasonal jobs in your area. There was a Six Flags Great Adventure in my town, and they hired hundreds of kids from high school and college over the summer. There was also a boardwalk which hired people during the summer.
Kids knew that these were key places that hire people during the summer.
You should make a list of all the places you’ve always wanted to work:
- Lifeguard at a public pool
- Retail shops
Anywhere that brings in a lot of tourists over the summer will hire seasonally. Make a list of places that sound fun and exciting to work for. A few places to start include summerjobs.com and snagajob.com.