It may be hard to think about, but summer is just around the corner. That means now is when the summer job search should start. Whether you are in high school or jumping back into the work force after a few years away, landing a summer job begins with putting in the work. So the question many people ask is, where do I start?
Here are three tips to get you dialed in and landing your summer job!
- The Resume: As with any job search you must create a resume. You don’t need previous working experience to create your resume. Think about all the things that you’ve done to date. Include internships, extracurricular activities, or any volunteering you may have done. References make a great addition to your resume and give your resume a fuller look.
- Start Now: Start now but don’t overthink it. Your summer job might not be found with an online search. The next time you are out and about, pay attention to the store fronts and you’ll be amazed at how many help wanted signs are displayed in the window. Once you see those “Help Wanted” signs, go into the establishment and fill out an application. It would be advantageous for you to keep a few physical resumes in your car as you always want to be ready for the opportunities as they present themselves. In addition you can utilize your social media platform to land your next job. Sometimes all it takes is making a post that says, “ I am looking for a summer job does anyone know anybody who is hiring?”
- Crushing The Job Interview: Start by doing a few mock interviews with friends and or family for the position that you’re going to be interviewed for. Doing so will help you gain comfort ability in verbalizing your skill set and your value add to the company that is looking to hire you. You should also drive by the place that you have a scheduled interview with to determine how you should or shouldn’t dress. At a minimum you should dress as well as the employees that you see in the store, but preferably better. Get ready to be offered the position! Make sure you stay true to who you are and be okay with stating any time restrictions you might have. Plan to have a wonderful working Summer with some extra money in your pocket. Remember, this opportunity could potentially land a greater opportunity in the near future. Maintain professionalism at all times and be the type of employee you would hire. Be the obvious choice and that summer job will be yours.
Written by: Dom Faussette
Dom Faussette is a Best-Selling Author, Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach. He is a military veteran and prior police officer with 10+ years of corporate leadership experience. Dom is the CEO of Think React Lead. Think React Lead is a company dedicated to pushing people past their limiting beliefs by bridging the gap between their mind and heart for increased success.