How to Find the Perfect Summer Job
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Twelfth+Grace
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As the weather turns warm, and it is nearing the end of the school year, you may be considering taking a summer job. For many students, a summer job allows them to fund necessities like a cell phone, car insurance, gas, or fun outfits, and for others, it can go towards things like dorm room decor, books for college classes, or other expense. Still others are going to be saving for college and preparing to work part time while in school, since it can lower the amount of student loans you need to take out if you can work while going to school. While working part time isn't for everyone, it can definitely be a worthwhile and helpful way to spend the summer months. So how do you find a great summer job? Here's a few tips:

  • Check what you need before you start searching: Most states vary on what they require you to bring to an interview or application, but it never hurts to begin gathering up things like proof of citizenship, different forms of ID, work papers, and checking to see the minimum age requirements in your area. You want to be sure you are ready to present the paperwork they might need to expedite the process.
  • Take a look at your schedule and make sure you can take on a job: If you are planning to travel a lot during the summer, or your family has many special events planned like weddings or parties, be sure you will not need to take a lot of time off. Most employers need you to work steadily, especially if you're a short term worker, and taking so much time off could result in reprimands or damage your work history. Be sure you're ready to commit to the work schedule that might be required from you!
  • Begin with your resume: If you've never built a resume before, pull in someone experienced like a parent or family friend. Have them show you an example, and begin listing out your accomplishments and volunteer experience. If you've never worked in a traditional job before, that's okay. Be sure to include relevant experience where you reported to someone else (such as school leadership) or when you successfully accomplished a task over time (baby-sitter, working at your church or youth group) and show anything that represents long-term commitment. Add in references (always ask someone before you list their contact as a reference for you) that are relevant to the job position.
  • Focus your attention on jobs that interest you and are something you enjoy: While sometimes you may have to take a job you don't LOVE, it's good to start looking at things you enjoy. If you like fashion, you may try the local mall or departments stores, which often hire young people for summer jobs. If you like working with your hands, try a factory or tangible job, and if you like to be outdoors, look at teaching hiking or outdoors classes. Other options would be nannying, working at a preschool or summer camp, and similar jobs if you enjoy working with children. 
  • If you're having trouble finding jobs, try asking around to family and friends, on Facebook or social media (be sure to ask your parents to make sure this is a safe idea, and never meet with an employer by yourself that you do not know!). Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find out who is hiring. Job sites like Indeed and Craigslist are also good resources, but can be filled with scams or other objectionable things, so make sure to be safe! 
  • Don't forget to manage the money you do make: Be sure you are filing your tax status correctly, as it can affect how much you may owe or need to pay later on. It is better to check this before it becomes an issue.

Happy job hunting! 

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