Seasonal positions provide workers with an exciting opportunity to try something new and develop transferable skills. Plus, you can experience working in a particular industry and decide whether or not it is the right fit for you.
However, it can be challenging to find a good position – the competition is stiff and you may be unsure of where to begin looking. The good news is if you do your research, start early and perfect your application materials, you’ll have a strong chance of finding rewarding summer work. Check out our advice on landing a summer job that’s not just a job, but a position that will help pave the way for reaching your future career goals.
DO your research
Be prepared for your interview with knowledge about the company and questions for the recruiter. Make an effort to get to know the company culture by checking out the website and social media in advance.
DON’T leave your research till the last minute
Get your resume out to the companies you want to target early! Start applying online, leveraging your networks and scheduling potential meet and greets.
DO use your network
Networking isn’t just for full-time employment. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a summer job – you never know who might be able to help you out! Once of the most effective ways to “get your foot in the door” is to know someone who works at the company you want to work for.
DON’T keep your search too narrow
Don’t underestimate the value of unexpected role – quite often, they offer the greatest learning experiences. Be open to working for a variety of industries and types of roles when pursuing a summer job. Even if the position does not directly align with your “dream job”, you will likely have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and build your network.
DON’T underestimate the value of a great resume
Find someone you know who is a great writer or who works in the Human Resources industry to proofread your resume and provide constructive feedback. Your resume is the face of your application, so it should read well and look great! Make sure your resume highlights the key aspects of your past experience and education in a logical way that is easy to read and has consistent formatting.