With the end of spring semester approaching fast, now is the time for students to begin their summer job search. A summer job or internship not only provides your student with income, but also the chance to gain practical job skills and explore a possible career field. And future employers will appreciate seeing work experience on your student’s résumé.
The Career and Professional Development staff at St. Edward’s offers students these tips for landing a summer job. Be sure to share them with your student.
- Start early. Job searching is about contacts, and you need enough time to make connections. Ask your parents to ask their employers and friends about summer positions for college students, and spread the word to your professors, coaches, past employers, relatives and friends. Encourage them to recommend names of people and businesses you can contact.
- Search the Hilltop Careers job and internship database. Students at St. Edward’s have access to Hilltop Careers, an online resource from Career and Professional Development. Hundreds of employers post job openings on Hilltop Careers, many of them for summer work. Students can upload their résumé and apply directly to an employer.
- Brush up on job search skills. Put your best face forward with support from Career and Professional Development. Visit them in Moody Hall 134, or call 512-448-8530. They can help you create an effective résumé and cover letters, practice your interviewing skills, develop a professional online profile and determine networking strategies.
- Explore social media and online job sites. Many summer jobs can be found on the Internet through job sites like indeed.com, simplyhired.com and monster.com. LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are valuable social media tools for job leads. Check these resources regularly. But don’t stop there. There’s also value in “pounding the pavement” and impressing the employer in person. (Make sure you show up dressed for success.)
- Don’t limit yourself; search everywhere. Any work experience is valuable, because many skills developed in a summer job are transferable to other jobs. Possible job sources are: youth camps, amusement parks, summer festivals and resorts, the mall, hotels, banks, museums, country clubs, restaurants, movie theaters, healthcare facilities, and city, state and national parks.
- Be your own boss. If you have natural talents and skills, create your own business. You could offer computer classes or provide a social media and/or web design service. You could tutor young children in math or reading. Or if you’re musically or athletically inclined, you could offer lessons on a musical instrument or sport.
- Be enthusiastic; be flexible: Bring a positive attitude to your interview and the job. Show your willingness to do whatever it takes to get the work done. Giving your best effort can result in a strong reference and a possible lead to a job after graduation.
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