Now that school is winding down, a lot of students are looking for summer jobs. You want to find the best job possible – one in your field of interest, that pays well, and gives you a ton of relevant experience…. but how?
Why is it so tough to find a job in these tough economic times? And what can you do to rise above the rest, and score a great summer job? We’ve compiled a list of creative job hunting techniques to help you with your search. Read below, and then let us know what you think!!
- Scripted.com Register as a Writer and get paid to write blogs, run social media, and create content for websites.
- Youtern.com Sign up for their newsletter in areas of your choice, and try doing an online internship this summer. Lots of experience, and you can do it from home.
- Fiverr.com Can you sing? Tweet? Speak a foreign language? Get paid $5 for any small service. Do it as often as you want all summer!
- StudentEvents.com (us!!) – Enter one of your essays from this year into a competition and you could win $2000 or more! Our site has online competitions from around the world for pretty much every subject. Photography contests too!
- Nanny/Babysitter – If you’re good with kids and wouldn’t mind spending your summer playing in a sandbox, put up a few colourful posters at community centres. Bonus if you choose one in a different neighbourhood than your own.
- Tutoring – Parents these days are OBSESSED with keeping their kids’ brains active over the summer. Start scouting now at schools and community centres if they need summer counselors and/or tutors.
- Your University’s Career Centre – I love the Career Centre. They are honestly the nicest people in the world. No question is dumb. They are paid JUST to be your resource! Do it. Seriously. And tell them I said hi.
- Your University’s Student Alumni Association – Send them an email and ask to be connected to an alumni in your city in your field of interest. Summer is a great time to find a mentor, plus if an opening appears they’ll think of you first.
- VIA Strengths Inventory – If you’re having a hard time coming up with transferable skills from student-life to job-life (Ability to pull all-nighters… Dependable?) — take this free Character Strengths test online. Really helps you determine what jobs you’d be best at and what buzzwords to say in your interviews!
- Twitter – Yes, that. If you’re not on twitter yet, sign-up – because it is an INCREDIBLE job-finding tool. Search the name of your city and scroll through tweets from all sorts of businesses looking for people. You can also message places directly that you are interested in working at and get on their radar.
- LinkedIn – Join groups that match your major and message the people in that group who are doing the job you want. Ask how they got started and the type of work they do — this is a great way to put yourself into a smaller fishbowl of potential candidates.
Finally, don’t feel like you’re “too good” for certain jobs. I worked at McDonald’s during the summer after my 2nd year, while my friends were getting paid to be on Facebook all day at their government jobs. It’s actually a challenging job to assemble orders in less than a minute. Plus, employers respect that I got my hands dirty at the most well-known corporation in the world. Start at the bottom and remember how much you want that paycheck!
Hope this helps and Good Luck!
By: Sarah Witiuk, StudentEvents.com Community Manager (Tweet @SarahWitiuk)
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Comment below with more creative job hunting techniques and how you found your favourite summer jobs!