By: Jamie Birdwell-Branson
As soon as that last final is done, you hear murmurs on campus of what everyone is doing after the semester ends. Some may take classes, others may study abroad, and several will be using their free time trying to earn some money or gain valuable work experience to put on their resumes. So, how do you go about getting a summer job? Here are five ideas for you to jump start on your job hunt:
- Check your university. While you may think the university is dead during the summer, you couldn’t be more wrong. Though the majority of the students may be gone, different departments are busily prepping for the next new crop of students and professors are heavily into their research while they aren’t busy teaching. Look for research assistantships, enrollment programs, and other summer jobs at the university. The best part about these jobs is that you usually don’t have to work weekends or holidays, and you get the best parking places while everyone else is gone.
- Check back with an old employer. Going home for the summer? Try calling up an old employer to see if they need any extra help for the summer. It’ll be much easier for your old employer to not have to train a new person and you’ll be able to start right away.
- Look at jobs for the city. Whether you’re staying in your college’s town for the summer or you’re moving home, check out the listings on the city’s website. Usually, the Parks and Recreation department create a ton of temporary positions during the summer from lifeguards to day camp counselors to library shelving assistants.
- Go the typical job search route with a search engine. If you go through a typical search engine and want to get something more substantial and maybe less temporary, try looking at LinkedIn, Indeed, and even Craigslist to find jobs that look interesting. Try to think about your overall resume and what you want it to look like at the end of school and try to pare your search down in terms of what interests you and what will benefit you in the long term.
- Try something new, like Task Rabbit. Entrepreneurs are constantly thinking up new ways to innovate work, much like Task Rabbit has. The way it works is that someone will post a task online that they don’t want to do or can’t get to (the most famous example being putting together IKEA furniture) and hire someone to do it. You could also try to be an Uber driver or a babysitter on Care.com. Try to think outside the box in your job search.
Remember to rely on friends and family for connections to summer employment. Internships are also another great way to spend your summer vacation. Though many are unpaid, they can be a great way to add experience to your resume and make great contacts later down the line when you are applying for jobs after graduation.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jamie Birdwell-Branson is a copy editor and freelance writer who lives in Ft. Worth, Texas with her cat and her husband. She is interested in writing about anything and everything, but she mostly enjoys to write about women’s issues and politics. She is an avid reader and a collector of magazines.