Summer is here! Instead of getting sucked into Snapchat, make a little pocket money with a summer gig. If you're saving for a car or college, a summer job is a perfect way to save a lot of money.
And don't worry; just because it's already summer doesn't mean it's too late to find the perfect summer job. Most businesses offer summer job opportunities on a rolling basis, which means it's never too late to get your awesome summer job.
Not sure where to begin? No biggie. Follow these 5 tips to find an awesome part-time job for summer.
What kind of job do you want?
Don't just take any job. Think about where you're going to apply to find the best summer job for you.
- What are you good at?
- What do you like to do?
- What career do you eventually want to have?
- How much time do you have for a summer job? Should it be part-time (20-32 hours) or full-time (40+ hours)?
Your summer job doesn't have to be a perfect fit. It's only for three months, after all!
But asking these questions will help you find a job that fits with your interests and schedule, which are important for a good seasonal job.
Use your connections
Once you've clarified what type of job you want, start looking!
The first place you should start is putting out feelers in your network
Ask your friends where they're working for the summer. Is it a job you're interested in? Could your friend recommend you for summer work?
What about family members? Do they know potential employers?
Even if they don't know of an opening right now, they may come across one later. Let people know you're job hunting and they'll want to help you out!
Talk to teachers, coaches and friends to see what's out there. These recommendations will help you get a better summer job.
Still haven't heard of any openings? That's cool. You can search for an awesome summer job online.
Employers list jobs online to quickly connect with job seekers just like you. It's a speedy way to sift through jobs.
Snag will help you find entry-level summer work in your ZIP code. These listings will give you a good overview of the job, including prerequisites, daily duties and pay.
Double-check your applications
After you identify some awesome summer jobs, it's time to apply! Double-check and triple-check that your applications are good to go.
Businesses get a lot of job applications. If there's an error on yours, it could put you out of the running for the job.
Have a friend or parent review the application before you send it off. Run through these tips before sending off your application, too.
Apply a lot
Summer jobs are a competitive market. Other teens and college students are applying for the same jobs as you.
Don't apply to one or two jobs. Put out more applications to get in front of more potential employers.
Don't stop applying until you have a job offer in your hand. It's better to be safe than sorry!
Follow-ups can make or break your summer job search. A well-timed email or phone call can land you the job, so don't forget to follow up on your application.
Snag member Billy scored a job at Sonic after following up on his application.
"I called the very next week and asked Sonic if they had received my application, and the manager said he would love to interview me the next week. After the interview, I was hired!" he says.
Follow up on your application one week after applying. Put a reminder on your phone so you don't forget!
The bottom line
Beat the summer blues by finding the perfect summer job for you. Follow these five tips and you'll be sure to land the interview.
But what comes next?
Gasp! The interview!
Don't panic; we've got you covered. Prepare for your summer job interview with these tips from people who have been in your shoes.