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5 Tips for Summer Job Seekers

5 Tips for Summer Job Seekers

If you're like millions of other job seekers across the country, you're about to start searching for seasonal employers who need help and support only during the next few months. In the mid to late spring, employers across all aspects of the tourism, hospitality, and retail sectors will be taking on new hands, and a long list of seasonal roles—from summer camp staff, to travel coordinators, to landscapers—will be filled by talented workers in search of temporary jobs. If you'd like to step into one of these roles, here are a few tips that can make this happen faster.

1. Act now.

Start looking for your summer employer by March, and as May rolls around, apply intense pressure and stay in constant motion until you get what you need. If you wait just a few weeks too long, you may miss your window. No matter how talented or experienced you may be, employers can't take you on once they're already maxed out.

2. Make calls.

Young people who show interest and enthusiasm immediately raise their profiles in the eyes of discerning employers. If you'd like to work at a local pet boarding kennel, horse barn, hospital, summer camp, swimming pool, or any other venue that may be willing to take on very young help, get your working papers in order and start reaching out. Show independence and initiative and make it clear that you're looking for work because this is what you want—not because your parents are pushing you. As you contact employers, keep your words clear and your voice confident.

3. Polish your resume.

Complete a resume that clearly explains what you'd like to do and what specific skills and contributions you have to offer. Most seasonal summer employers want the highest level of talent, but they don't have the luxury of time. Since they need to fill positions quickly and they can't spend hours or days studying every single resume, they may skim your document and act on their immediate impressions. Make sure these impressions are positive. Get rid of fluff and filler and cut to the chase.

4. Clarify your availability.

Most job seekers feel an urge to please and impress employers at almost any cost. These applicants may be tempted to answer "yes" immediately to questions about their availability. Don't do this. If you don't want to work on weekends, or you can't work more than four hours per day, or you can't work on Tuesdays, state this clearly and do so early in the hiring process. Your employers will appreciate your honestly and clarity, and if their needs don't align with yours, it's better to discover this as soon as possible so both of you can move on.

5. Be ready for last minute interview invitations.

When you submit a resume for a summer position, don't be surprised if your employers contact you and invite you to an interview within days, or even hours. Again, summer hiring often happens fast, and the more flexibility you can bring to your interview and start dates, the better.

For more on how to land the perfect summer position, explore the resume and job search resources at MyPerfectResume.

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