Tips for finding a job this summer
By Kandice Crompton
April 15, 2009 - Logan | I have held many different
jobs in the six years since I turned 16. In the time
I have looked for jobs in a good economy and in a bad
economy, in the summer and the winter, while I've been
a student and while I've taken time off. While I wouldn't
consider myself an employment expert, I would like to
share my experiences with other students, and hopefully
help them in their job searches.
Tip 1: Don't feel like you can't ask for help. This
is an important tip for everyone looking for a job right
now. I struggled through January looking for a job.
I'm a good worker and have a good resume, but with the
state of the economy you can no longer just look in
the classifieds and have a job a weeks later. I finally
got a job when I buckled down and asked for help. I
started asking friends if they knew of openings, and
a week later one of my best friends from high school
got me the highest paying job I have ever had with an
employer that doesn't advertise, and hires only off
of other employee recommendations. I am sure that had
I not asked for help I would still be unemployed.
Tip 2: Put yourself out there. A lot of employers
now have online applications, and you don't get to meet
the employer unless you're one of the lucky few that
gets an interview. So, my second tip is to get out and
meet the employers. After you fill out an application
online go into the office and leave a business card
or resume. This will give you a feel for the office.
One major benefit of this drop-in is that you can get
a feel for the office. If you're lucky enough to get
an interview you'll know the leg up of knowing the clothing
standards of the company and you'll already have a feel
for the office. One thing to keep in mind however. I
went into an office after submitted an application once
and everyone was in t-shirts and jeans. When I got the
call for my interview I didn't dare dress that casually,
and wore nice clothes. Again everyone was wearing t-shirts
and jeans when I went in for my second interview, including
everyone else that came for interviews. I was the only
one dressed up. When I got the job I was told that I
had just happened to be there on casual Fridays, and
a lot of the reason I got the job was because of the
way that I had dressed and the professionalism I showed
through my dress at the interviews.
Tip 3: Think ahead. Yes, you need a summer job, but
what about the fall? If you're going to need a job in
the fall as well, it's probably not the best idea to
get a full-time job that doesn't have the option to
go part-time later. Try looking for a job that you can
keep during school. It may have to be a part-time summer
job, but over time it can pay off. It may require you
to get two part time jobs for the summer, or a part-time
job and a temporary job, but if you just have to look
for a brand new job in 4 months, it may not be worth
the stress in a couple months.
Tip 4: Finally, don't give up! Filling out job applications
can feel monotonous. Going to interviews can get tedious.
Don't just give up. There are jobs out there. You may
not get your dream job right away, but you can work
towards it. Your searching will pay off eventually!