By Keshia Smith
Want some extra money for the summer? It’s time to start looking for a summer job! There are plenty of workplaces that are willing to take teens up on their request for employment. Some good places for teens to start looking would be retail, summer camps, restaurants, and local offices. Here are five tips on landing a summer job.
Do start looking early: Many employers start to look for seasonal workers well before the season starts. That way, the new hires will be trained and have some time to get adjusted to the workplace. It’s a good idea to start looking early, around April, for a summer job.
Do dress to impress: The way you look is the first impression you make with someone. When job hunting, you should to dress to impress. How you dress is dependent on what type of job you want. If you are looking to work in an office, you should dress like people in that office (or even a little more formal) to the interview. If you are applying for a retail job at the mall, you want to look stylish, put together, and similar to the people who work in the store. Looking at current employees is a smart way to figure out how you should dress.
Do be persistent: Don’t just drop off an application and never check back. Call in to check on the status of your application after a week or so. This lets them know you are truly interested. For many jobs, it might be best to write a thank-you letter after an interview.
Do prepare for the interview: Websites like glassdoor.com can give potential employees lots of insider information on a company including possible interview questions. Do your research before you show up.
Do bring a resume: Take a resume (or a few) with you when you apply. Make sure it is up-to-date and there are no typos on it. How you present yourself on paper is not always as important as how you present yourself in person, but it is something that they can certainly remember you by. You should showcase experiences in your past that make you perfect for the job you are applying for. Show them why they should hire you on your resume.
Happy job hunting!
Contributing Writer, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Keshia Smith is a recent graduate of Ball State University. She is currently working as a freelance writer for CSI Ministries in Muncie, Indiana. In her free time Keshia enjoys photography, daydreaming, travel, singing poorly, and staying up late to have long, philosophical conversations with friends.