As the academic year draws to a close and summer begins it’s the perfect time for students to explore opportunities for temporary work. Taking on a seasonal job is a great way to bolster your finances and at the same time gain invaluable work experience as well as building useful contacts that might help your career in the future.
So what’s the best way to go about it?
If there is a company you know you are interested in gaining experience with then call them direct. By doing a little research on prospective employers’ websites you can identify who to speak to and what employment opportunities there may be. By being proactive in your job search employers will realise you are committed and serious.
No doubt you’ll have a wide range of experience using social media. So the next time you update your status, take a minute to research prospective employers and current vacancies.
Many companies now use social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to promote their brand and advertise job opportunities. By following companies and tweeting an interest you will automatically raise your profile and be alerted to any job opportunities as they arise. But remember a prospective employer could equally search your profile and it would be disappointing to lose their interest due to a few inappropriate comments or photos. For advice on how best to manage your online reputation check out our previous Blue Octopus blog.
Also don’t forget local papers are still a great way to job hunt. A quick scan through the careers pages can help identify employment opportunities.
In order to make your summer job search a success it is worth considering which type of industries seek employees on a seasonal basis.
Holiday parks, theme parks, summer camps, local authority play schemes and festivals are all great seasonal employers. Restaurant and bar work are also a means of securing short term seasonal employment, and they come with the added benefit of providing a successful employee the chance to secure a position that can be taken up each holiday or half term throughout the year – after all people eat and drink all year.
Large retailers are also a good source of seasonal employment. They can even lead to opportunities like working on a part-time basis throughout term-time at a branch local to your place of study. So it’s worth making every effort to prove how valuable an employee you are.
As with any job search you need to consider how to present yourself in the best light and your CV is your primary means of showcasing your skills and attributes to your prospective employer.
As a student you may have limited work experience but that doesn’t mean you have nothing to offer. Take the time to list any extra-curricular activities you may be involved in, any groups you belong to or memberships to organisations you hold. Any hobbies, sporting activities, voluntary work, student council bodies or other achievements you hold play a vital role in showcasing your skills, work ethic and projecting the type of person you are and the type of employee you could be.
Hopefully now you can earn some extra money to better enjoy your summer. Good luck!