How College Students Should Look for Summer Jobs

Every teenager in the United States of America, both in high school and in college, wants to land a summer job. Most teenagers look into summer jobs to build up their resumes and gain experience for when they leave school, while others do so just to have something to do during the summer.

Looking for a summer job in the United States is fairly simple as long as you know the best and most efficient ways to go about it. Remember not to wait too long — summer jobs disappear fast. There are many ways to look for summer jobs. First, it would be a good idea to visit the United States Department of Labor, either the website or the actual building. There will always be some type of job available. Be sure to know in advance what kind of job you would like to have in order to make your search easier.

President Barack Obama has launched a new website called Summer Jobs+. When he tried to launch a summer job program, Congress refused to pass it. This website is its replacement. President Barack Obama is very concerned about young Americans and their job searches.

Write a Resume

If you are under 18 years old, the first thing you need to do when looking for a summer job is to get your working papers in order. You should do this before applying for a job so that when you find one you can start immediately. It is also a good idea to get your resume up to date. If you don’t have a resume, get one. You will need a resume for any job you may want to apply for. Also be sure you have some references, even if they’re just from a range of odd jobs such as babysitting or volunteer work.

Visit Your Career Services Office

It’s always a good idea to speak to your school’s guidance counselor or to visit your career services office for help. You may also find it helpful to visit summer job websites (such as Craigslist), and to use them to upload resumes and respond to ads. You can also visit some physical job sites, which usually have open vacancies. Employment agencies also exist that may be able to help you find a summer job. Keep in mind that summer jobs can be temporary, hourly, part-time, or seasonal.

Look Around

Always contact employers and ask if there are vacancies. Checking help wanted ads in newspapers and shop windows can also be beneficial. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a summer job. Word of mouth is a powerful phenomenon and unexpected opportunities may arise. When you are searching for a job, always dress appropriately. Make sure your clothes, hair, and nails are clean and neat. First impressions are important. While job hunting, remember to have a pen and notepad handy in addition to your resume.