As the school year comes to a close, the next big thing on students’ minds, other than acing their Finals, is employment. Everyone wants to make money over the summer and the best way to do that is by finding a steady and satisfactory summer job. Here is a list of tips to keep in mind while going through this process:
1. Start the hunt early. The first and most important thing to know is that you should start early. If you are reading this now and have not applied yet, then your chances of finding a job are not as likely. Many job opportunities are awarded to those who apply in the early spring and even late winter. However, it is not too late. It all comes down to where you’re looking while in the search. For those who reside elsewhere, I would suggest going to an online site or looking at newspaper postings while you are still here at Andrews. Once you get home, check local convenience stores for help wanted signs. It might also be helpful to call managers and speak to them personally about availability and positions you’d like to apply for.
2. Know what jobs work best for you. It is important to know yourself and your skillsets. While in search for a job, you have to separate yourself from the rest. If you do this while in search, will make it easier for you to become more than just an option, but rather a recipient. You need to recognize what you can do and how you can contribute.
3. Create a resume. If you have not already done this, know that it is a must. Even if you have never had a job, you can still create a resume. Some items you might consider putting on the resume include extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, internships without pay and academics studies related to the job you want to get. Also, another import thing to include in your resume is at least one letter of recommendation from a reputable source who knows you well. Letters of recommendation are very important, so make sure you receive one from someone you know will say positive things about you. Ideal sources for these letters are former employers, deans, academic advisors, professors, mentors and pastors.
4. Use your network. If you have any contacts in your circle who you know can assist you in your job search, then keep them close. While talking to them, mention to them that you are in search of a job, and they may offer help or know someone who can help or get you a job directly. If you do not have the chance to see them, if they are close enough to you, I would encourage you to reach out to them. Look at it this way; you will never have an answer to a question that has never been asked. If you don’t ask the question, then you are in the same position as a person who has been told “no,” but if the outcome is positive then there will be no regrets about the situation.
5. Be intentional about preparations. You must prepare to do an outstanding job at the interview. Even if you are unsure that the job is yours or not you should keep the mindset that you already have the job. A great way to do this is by participating in a mock interview with someone in whom you trust. You should try to choose a person who has experience as an interviewer. If you do not have access to anyone with those qualifications, find someone who was once an interviewee, because they will at least understand what you are going though. Also, if you get the job, then be on time, because punctuality speaks a thousand words before you have even said one.