Which is more painful: finding a seasonal job or getting a bikini wax? While waxing might seem like the obvious choice, consider this; the wax will only hurt for a few seconds, but your job search could end up being four weeks (or more) of constant and painful rejection.
Here’s some inside info that can help:
36 percent of hiring managers say a positive attitude is the number one attribute they look for in a seasonal employee.
27 percent of hiring managers say that schedule flexibility and availability are their top priority.
23 percent say that previous experience is the most important qualification for a summer employee.
So what’s a frustrated, busy, entry-level worker to do?
- First, check that attitude. Think positive. You’re job search may be tough, but getting down will probably make it take longer, and nobody wants that.
- Be as available as you really are. Don’t overstate your schedule and say you can work when you really can’t, but don’t say “no weekends” because you want to hang with your friends. If you’re not available to work the shifts they need, the job will probably go to someone who is.
- Even if you’ve never had a ‘real’ job before, it doesn’t mean you have no experience. Volunteer work, school activities and odd jobs for neighbors and friends definitely count – list them!