Summer Jobs: Where Do I Look For One?
Young folks have all the time and energy in the world, but they certainly lack the money.
I’m guessing you already know that. And I’m guessing that’s why you’re here. This article is for anyone who’s been thinking about getting a summer job or a seasonal job. It doesn’t matter if you’re in high school, college, freelancer, or making a comeback into your professional life. Everyone wants to get paid. No one wants to rot browsing internet all day — unless they get paid for it!
In this coming summer, there’s a lot of opportunities waiting for you. You just need to know how to look.
Today, we’ll teach you where and how to start.
BENEFITS OF WORKING SEASONAL JOBS
It’s almost seductive to let yourself spend all day inside your house with nothing to do. There’s social media, online streaming, video games — countless of other excuses to surrender to laziness.
Let us set you straight and tell you why getting a paying job is the best way to spend your summer or any other long seasonal breaks:
If you’re looking to expand your horizons, summer jobs or seasonal jobs are a great way to try out an industry that you find interesting. The best part is: It’s not a long-term commitment. If you find that your job doesn’t fit your personality at all, you can always wait until the period is over. Or you know, quit. Although, we don’t recommend that. There are lessons to be learned especially in rough situations. Keeping your word is best for your professional reputation.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
Summer jobs are an effective way to acquire and practice a new set of skills. Most summer jobs enable you to develop highly transferable skills (bartending, sales, etc.) that would be useful for any career you choose in the future.
Don’t worry, it’s not a nine-to-five. Most summer jobs or seasonal jobs will allow you to choose your shifts to what seems to fit on your schedule. You can use this to your advantage as you schedule around your other activities such as summer classes, piano lessons, workshops, etc.
MEETING GREAT REFERENCES
It’s not a secret that if you really do your best, people will notice your work and effort. It doesn’t matter if it’s “just” as summer job — it’s the same as a full-time position. If they witness your admirable work ethic, your summer job managers and coworkers will be willing to put in a sincere good word for you. You can turn them into invaluable references for your future job search.
There’s no better place to meet professionals than in a professional setting. If you put yourself out there, you will be exposed to a lot of potential contacts that could expand your career opportunities. You never know which hands you shake would get your feet in the door at your dream job.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PERMANENT HIRE
Summer jobs are mostly trial periods for when they’re looking for people to absorb into their regular company roster. If you prove that you are a valuable asset to the company, they will be more than willing to get you on a permanent position.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR A SUMMER JOB
Now that you might be a hundred percent at the decision to chase a summer job, allow us to tell you where and how to look for it.
This doesn’t include ways where you get other people to look for a job for you. For example, sure you can probably get a job if you have a rich dad. These are ways that you can take the responsibility of getting a summer job yourself.
LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU FREQUENT
If you have a business that you frequent where you are seen as a regular (coffee shops, clothing stores, etc.), that’s a good place to find a summer job. Observe if they’re lacking the staff or if they have a job posted on the bulletin board. Better yet, ask the manager if there are summer job openings. They’ll probably trust you and admire your initiative enough to give you a chance. However, you might not like working for a business that you love going to since it will lose all its magic once you get inside the nitty-gritty of the establishment.
JOB POSTING SITES
Going to Craigslist, Fiverr, or Upwork is always an option. If you go down this route, be prepared to do unorthodox underpaid work. Sometimes, there’s even a chance that you will get scammed — getting no pay for the work you did. You might also be drained spending a lot of energy trying to look for the next work you can do.
Most companies rely on staffing agencies (also known as temp agencies) to provide them a supply of qualified employees to fill vacant positions in their operations. Some temp agencies also provide development programs like seminars or workshops to their pool of skilled workers. This is the best way to acquire temp work — it’s fast, it’s easy, and it gives quality work. If you like this option, you can apply for a job here.
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