Summer Job Hunting

It's that time, friends. Time for a summer job! Yes, summer is a time for relaxing and getting away from school and responsibilities for a little bit. However, it's a good idea for you to get a little summer job to keep up with the late night ice cream runs and shopping sprees you'll go on with your friends. I'm here to share a few job hunting tips with you today!

Why should you get a summer job?
If you're a student, most likely you are, you're extremely busy during the school year. You're away at college with 5+ classes, living in a dorm possibly with no car. Or maybe you're in high school and you have a thousand after school activities. But during the summer, there's nothing going on but random vacations and resting. So it is the perfect opportunity for you to pick up a part-time (or full-time if you're feeling ambitious) job for the summer to make some extra cash. This way, you can have some money without having to stress during the next school year.

Where should you work?
First of all, make an all-inclusive list of EVERYWHERE you could ever possibly want to work. Mentally drive through your town thinking of all the places that you could work and write down a list.

The Application Process
Obviously, this is an important part. After you write down your list, it's time to start ticking away at the list in terms of the applications. It's very possible that you'll have to submit a resume, so it's important to have your resume ready to go, and updated. After you're finished filling out the application, write down the number to the establishment next to it's name on your list, for the next step!

Calling Back
This is just as important, if not more important than the application. After a few days, call that number that you wrote down and ask to speak with the manager, letting them know that you submitted an application, that you would love to have an interview, etc. This lets the establishment know that you are truly interested in the position, and it's possible that your name/application could end up on the top of the pile just by simply calling and following up!

If you're lucky enough to get an interview, awesome, go you! Make sure you are dressed business casually. A nice pair of pants and top are always a great go-to. However, if you decide to wear a dress, make sure it is at least to your knees to prevent it from being too short! Another good tip is to make sure your top doesn't show too much cleavage! Walk into the interview room confident and smiling!

Other Tips
When trying to find a place to work, it's really important to find a place you would like to actually work. I knew for me I did not want to work at a restaurant and especially not fast food, so I avoided even writing those places down. If you're under 18 years old, there are a lot of places that only hire 18+, so it's important to keep that in mind as well. However, if it's been a while and you're not hearing back from places despite your best efforts, it may be wise to widen the search a little bit.

Good luck, and don't stress! You'll do fine!

What other tips do you have for people job hunting this summer?

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