How to Get a Summer Job
You may think that getting a summer job is easy, considering that they are all entry-level positions. They're also not very competitive, since there are dozens of difference spots available. That said, you might still get turned down if you are not a good candidate for the job. Experience isn't usually necessary, but there are other things that can make employers question your ability. If you're applying for a summer job, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If possible, apply in person rather than by mail or over the Internet (unless the company specifically asks you to do so). If they see your face, they'll be less likely to forget you.
- Dress for the job you want, erring on the dressier side if you aren't sure. There's no need to three in a three-piece suit if you're applying for a job as a babysitter, but you should look neat and clean. If you appear put-together, you'll give off the impression that you're responsible and on top of any task you're given.
- Contact your references before listing them. Your references should be non-family members. If possible, use previous employers with whom you worked well. No experience? List people who can attest to your character, like a religious leader or a coach.
- Show up on time to the job interview. If you're late, they'll assume that you'll often be late to work as well. It's a good rule of thumb to arrive about 10 minutes early. Don't show up earlier than that, however, because your interviewer might be busy doing other tasks.
- If you have any kind of experience, showcase it or talk about it during your interview. Think not just about jobs, but also about clubs you've belonged to in school or volunteer work you've done. For example, if you're applying to work as a tour guide, you might want to mention that you've taken a public speaking class in college.
- Smile! No matter if you're working with customers or not, employers want people who are easy to work with. Smiling can also help you be less nervous about a job interview.
- Lastly, if you've working in that position before - say, last summer - call your past employer about two weeks before you can start working. That way, they'll no that you intend to come back if possible and they won't hire someone else in the meantime.