Your Guide to Finding a Summer Job
How do I find a summer job?
There are many ways to find a summer job that will not only earn you a paycheque, but can provide you with valuable skills and career experience.
Three key things you need are preparation, resources and a solid job search plan. While nothing is guaranteed, your chances of finding summer employment may improve by following this guide.
Knowing your interests, skills and talents helps you to develop an appropriate resume for your skill sets and is more likely to get you noticed by potential employers. This also helps with your confidence with expressing your qualifications during a job interview. Research shows that people who enjoy their jobs are often happier in general, are more productive at work and stand the best chance of getting promoted. If you know where to look for job postings and how to network with employers to find jobs, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration. By researching companies, you may find a job that is well suited to your skills, interests and field of study. This can also help you to weed out companies that you are not interested in working for, allowing you to prioritize your job search. One reason that some job seekers do not succeed at finding a well suited job is disorganization. If you are not organized, you might miss important application deadlines, forget to follow up with resumes you dropped off or worse - miss an interview. Make a list of employers you want to contact, schedule times to visit and do followups. It's a lot of work, but it pays off! This step is so important you will see it again below in the " Your job search plan" section. Step 4: Workplace Essential Skills Do you want to get more out of your summer employment than just a paycheque? You can make strategic summer job choices that will help you learn new skills and improve your chances of working at a job you like. Download this "Summer Job Checklist" and use it to help find a job that's right for you. Step 5: Job Search Strategies Your letter and resume are often your first (and sometimes only) chance to make a good impression on a potential employer. If your documents are well structured, well written and showcase your strong skills sets effectively, the employer may want to contact you for an interview. Templates and other job search tools are free for you to download/view in the right hand column.
The truth is, it takes a lot of work to find a summer job and the more preparation work you do, the more confident you will be developing a resume, networking with employers and having successful interviews. It is a competitive job market and you need every advantage you can get. Prepare for you summer job search by going through these 5 easy steps.
Summer employment programs like SEED and Young Canada Works do not have the capacity to hire every student looking for summer employment. There are limited funding opportunities available through these programs so students should never limit their summer job search to these programs alone.
Also, remember that employment programs change over time and though you may have been selected for an employment opportunity in the past, it doesn't mean you might get selected in the future.
Your chances of finding summer employment improve dramatically the sooner you start contacting employers and sending out resumes. Preparation for summer employment should start in January!
Download the complete 5 Step Summer Job Search Guide in .pdf format right here.