SURVIVOR SERIES: SURVIVING THE SUMMER JOB SEARCH
Everyone has struggled with trying to find a job that only lasts between May and August, has flexible hours, and does not leave you smelling like stale French fries. Unfortunately, most businesses do not hire college students because it is not worth it for them to go through the hiring/training process for someone who will only be working short-term. Thankfully, there are still things you can do to boost your resume, give you skills, and maybe even replenish your barren savings account.
- Check out temp agencies. These are places specifically devoted to helping people like you and me find temporary work. Temp agencies can be found almost anywhere and can find you jobs from temporary to full-time, minimum wage to steady salary. For more information on how to successfully find a job through a temp agency, visit this article: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/tempjobs/a/tempjobs.htm
- Find connections. Chances are you have a family member or a friend that can get you an “in” at their place of work. Do not be afraid of “nepotism” accusations. In fact, these connections are what makes the world go ‘round! Making connections is what college is all about and most people will tell you that it is the best thing you can possibly do to find a job. To make more connections, visit GoTheHellOutside.net.
- Work for free. If you are like me, you are completely sick of devoting countless hours to a job that does not pay you. In reality, internships can offer personal growth and discovery that you probably cannot find working at the dollar store or bagging groceries. Call around and look for ads online to find business owners who are looking for students just like you to lend a helping hand. Visit internships.com/interns-job-search to find one close to you!
- Create a job. Whether you want to go to a local business and offer yourself up for an unpaid internship or start a lawn-mowing business, you do not have to count on getting a job that already exists. Becoming an entrepreneur takes a lot of guts and can help you gain necessary life skills. Besides, we all know that former lemonade-stand owners become much more successful adults!
- Apply NOW. Do NOT wait until the semester is over to begin looking for a summer job. Spring break and the weeks following are prime job-searching time. Apply anywhere that looks remotely fitting for you and hope for the best. And remember, there is no such thing as too much ambition! Do not be afraid to call employers and introduce yourself or even go pick up an application in-person while you are home (and try to meet the manager).
- Volunteer. If you have gone through options 1-5 and still can’t find a job or internship, volunteering is always a good alternative. You will feel good about yourself and you will make others feel good as well. Not to mention, volunteering looks AMAZING on your resume. Some volunteer ideas include: Homeless shelters; Animal shelters; United Way; Children’s hospital; Visit DoSomething.org for more ideas
Written by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator
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