There is nothing like a summer job to save money before starting a new academic year. But to avoid hard times, you have to start early and methodically.
Our tips for finding the right seasonal job!
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1. Start your research soon
The labor market is increasingly competitive. Even for a seasonal job in the summer, places are expensive and you have to work hard to find a job.
By starting your search in February or March, you will have time to think about your project and contact as many companies as possible.
2. Looking for a job in your industry
Depending on your studies, you will more or less easily be able to find a position in a company corresponding to your future professional sector.
This will be a good way to know the codes of the world of work that they will integrate. If you are about to do a doctorate in chemistry, it is unlikely that you will be hired for a summer job.
But perhaps you can find a small job in a laboratory and thus approach professionals who can advise you for the rest of your studies.
3. Consult specialized websites and trade shows
The job fairs specialize in seasonal offers. Go there and take the pulse of the job market. Before handing in your CVs (see point number 5), find out about the companies present and select the companies you want to see at all costs.
4. Find out about summer jobs
There’s a small job and there’s a small job. In this matter, the choice between selling the ruckus on the beach or handling it in the factory is up to you.
But if you look around, you can also apply for more interesting jobs. Recently, the tourist office of Les Sables d’Olonne, for example, offered a job as a sunscreen spreader.
Or how to do prevention on the risks of the sun with the vacationers while they are being paid.
By looking carefully, and starting early (see point 1), you can avoid the most ungrateful and not always well paid jobs…
5. Reflecting on one’s own strengths
When applying for a summer job, especially the first time, it is difficult to know what skills will be useful to a company.
However, take stock of what you have learned in your life: a foreign language… Organizational skills acquired in an association?
Your sense of service, leadership, etc.? Your personal qualities are also useful in defining you to recruiters.
6. Writing your resume
A boring exercise even for experienced professionals, writing a resume takes time and thought.
If you are applying for your first job, make sure that your studies stand out and, if possible, make a link between your studies and the job you are applying for. You should also take care of the cover letter that accompanies your resume.
7. Playing on your network
If you’re looking for a job this summer, tell your family, extended family, friends, etc. They can all help you in your search. Does Fulano de Tal know someone who works in a bank, right in the department you are considering entering someday?
Go ahead, ask people who can help you. They’ll be happy to count on you the day a family member looks for a job.
8. Preparing for job interviews
So you have an interview. To make a difference and convey the image of a dynamic candidate, you have to prepare for this exercise.
After you have written your CV, you have usually taken a step back in your career and your skills. Think about it again and then, in front of your mirror, act as if you are presenting yourself to the recruiter.
Try to pay attention to your language tics, analyze your phrasing and try to understand the image you convey.
It’s up to you.
“In mid-June, it’s time for me to get a summer job. That’s the mistake not to make. Waking up at the last minute will often lead to not finding a summer job or finding one that doesn’t meet your expectations.
Some companies start looking for the best profiles for their internships or summer jobs as early as January.
Alternatively, you can go to a temporary employment agency to increase your chances of getting a seasonal job.
FIND IN YOUR LINE OF BUSINESS
Ideally, try to find a summer job related to your studies. At the beginning it will be easier to convince the employer and it will be a good way to know the codes of the working world that you will integrate.
Even if the job in question is not exactly what you want to do later on, it will be constructive if it is in the same sector (e.g. if you are studying to be an airline pilot, there is little chance that you will find a summer job where you can fly an A380.
On the other hand, look for an internship at a small airfield or at the aviation museum).
DON’T PLAN A VACATION
An employer will always prefer a profile available for the entire summer season (or at least a full month) rather than candidates available for only one or two weeks. Also, try to free up your summer: no vacation this year.
GO TO SPECIALIZED WEBSITES AND TRADE SHOWS
If you have problems finding a summer job or an internship by contacting companies directly, you can go to the fairs and sites.
There are job fairs that specialize in seasonal jobs (and in the classic job fairs there are sectors dedicated to seasonal employment). You can also search on websites dedicated to youth employment/training, such as Yupeek.
A PERFECT CV
Companies receive many resumes for their summer jobs. Therefore, you have to make your resume stand out immediately and get the attention of the recruiter.
You have to stand out from the competition. Depending on the job you are applying for, you can, for example, choose an original and unconventional CV (read this article to find out when to do a classic CV and when to do an original CV).
You’re looking for a job this summer, so spread the word. Tell your family, friends, on Facebook, etc. Thanks to word of mouth, it can happen very quickly. And often the network is much more effective than any letter of introduction.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COMPANY…
This is one of the basic rules before you send an application or go for a job interview: find out about the company you are applying to. (Read our article on the 6 things you should know about the company you are applying to).
PREPARING FOR THE JOB INTERVIEW
As you know, you rarely get the chance to make a good first impression twice. Therefore, you must pass the job interview perfectly if you want to get your summer job.
To do this, repeat your presentation aloud. Don’t forget to be on time for your appointment and to dress according to the company you are presenting yourself to.
There are also some CV templates that are offered in some online Google Play apps or in the App Store. You can also find some digital books on how to write to improve your cv in amazon, ebay, alibaba or mercadolibre .