A Guide to Getting a Part-Time Summer Job

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Written by Rachael Willis

As the semester comes to an end, many of us are looking forward to summer vacation. I know that I can’t wait until I can spend all of my days relaxing in my room or hanging out with friends. However, summer vacation is also the perfect time for upperclassmen to get out into the workforce! Getting a job over the summer can give you some extra income, and you can learn valuable life skills like responsibility and communication. If you’re looking for a job this summer, read on for my guide to getting a part-time summer job!

Step 1: Create a stellar resume.

The first step in any job search is to write up a resume. You should include your name, contact information, and any experience you have. If you don’t have any work experience, there’s no need to worry! Everyone has to start somewhere. You also should include information about your education and any extracurricular activities you participate in. Make sure to include those leadership positions, too!

Step 2: Research job openings in your area.

Now that you have your resume all set up, it’s time to start looking for a job nearby. When I was looking for a job last summer, I used sites like indeed.com to find companies that were hiring part-time. Make sure to keep an open mind when you’re researching. Although being a burger flipper may not be your dream job, it could turn out to be pretty fun! Bookmark or favorite the job openings that spark your interest so that you can easily access them later.

Step 3: Submit your application.

After you’ve found a handful of appealing jobs, you should get started on your applications. The application process is different for each employer. Some require you to fill out a quick questionnaire, whereas others only require you to upload your resume. Make sure to double- and triple-check your answers and resume before submitting; employers won’t be happy if your application is riddled with typos!

Step 4: Stay in contact with the employer.

Last summer, when I was looking for a job, it took maybe a month before I started hearing back from companies. Most of the jobs I applied to never even got back to me! If you want to increase your chances of getting hired, contact the employer so they know you’re interested in the position. You can give them a call or even show up with a copy of your resume in person! By doing so, the employer will see that you are determined to get the job.

Summer jobs are a great opportunity to learn essential skills, meet new people, and save some money. If you’re able to, I strongly recommend getting a job, even if it’s just for the summer. Plus, it’ll look great on your college applications! So, what are you waiting for? Start writing up that resume!