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5 Summer Job Tips to Give Your Student

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By: Elana Goodwin, Uloop

Summer is fast approaching, and most colleges have already finished their spring semesters — which means if your student hasn’t already lined up a job for the summer, they’ve got to get on that, stat. Here are some summer job tips to give your student.

1. Don’t wait

While it is already a bit late in the game to be looking for a summer job, delaying the search any longer will make it that much harder to find any sort of employment for the next few months while your student is off of school.

Encourage them to reach out to local contacts and use any school resources available to help them search for and secure a summer job. Until they find some sort of summer job for themselves, let them know that looking for summer employment is their job.

2. Help them figure out what they want

Before your student really dives into their summer job search, they have to figure out what sort of job they actually want to have this season. It’s a tough job market out there, so your student will need to decide if they want the sort of summer job that’ll look good on their resume and help them with their future career or if they just want to get some sort of experience and make money.

Whatever job they end up procuring, they are sure to gain some skills from it and hopefully make some bank but they do need to decide what their priorities are and what they’re willing to accept or settle for as far as summer employment.

3. Encourage them to consider a seasonal gig

There are lots of more seasonal-type jobs that could be good summer jobs for a college student just looking to have a gig over the summer. If your student likes kids, they should see if anyone local needs a nanny or regular babysitter over the summer. If they have a car, all the better, as many families want a nanny who can pick up the kids from camp or take them to the pool. To find a nannying job, your student can advertise online and through word-of-mouth that they are available.

Another good seasonal job your student should consider is becoming a summer camp counselor. Day camps may still be hiring counselors and other staff for the summer so encourage your student to look into local camp opportunities. Some other great seasonal gigs your college student may be able to do this summer as a job are being a lifeguard, golf caddy, bartender/server, and office temp. Of course, you want your student to be fulfilled and get good experience from whatever job they do in the summer, but the most important thing is that they do something and are able to put that employment on their resume and gain marketable skills.

4. Get them thinking long-term

One of the great things about summer jobs is they can sometimes turn into longer-term jobs or can help lead to more permanent employment. If your student is home for the summer and will be returning back to college in the fall, perhaps wherever they’re working has another office by your student’s school or they have contacts at another company close to campus that would be interested in hiring your student during the year.

If your student is staying on campus for the summer, there are many places that may be looking to hire as students graduate or head off to do other things for the season, and if they do a good job, they may be able to swing their summer gig into longer-term employment that lasts throughout the school year. Even if they only procure a job for the summer months, the experience and skills they gain can help them land a yearlong job at school as they’ll have that much more know-how and references on their resume come fall.

5. Don’t rule out unpaid internships

Internships can make for a great summer job and provide your student with marketable and valuable skills and experience. They’ll also expand their network and build connections with people who may help them down the line when it comes to finding a full-time job after graduation. Of course, while a paid internship would be better for your student’s bank account and may be more desired, your student should not rule out unpaid internship opportunities. Unpaid internships also have value, especially to employers, and will still enable your student to develop skills, make connections, and gain experience, even if they’re not getting paid for their contributions.

Summer jobs are great resume boosters and it’s important that your student can show employers they don’t just take the summers off of school to sit around and do nothing all day — so use these tips to help your student find a job for the summer.

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