Looking for the perfect summer job? Read this first!

If you’re fresh out of school, college or university, you may be looking for a temporary summer job. Or perhaps you’re not earning much and need a bit of extra cash to tide you over. Either way, the way you go about searching and applying will have a big impact on the success of your summer job hunt, so read the following carefully.

Decide what job you’d really like

You may fancy the idea of becoming a professional beach bum this summer, but that probably won’t pay the bills! You may not find the perfect solution, but there should be plenty of seasonal roles to choose between.

Think about what you’re looking for in an employer and which field you’d most likely to work in, for example retail or leisure. What skills and experience do you have? What might you like to do long-term? Have you done volunteer or paid work before? Have you undertaken any training? How many hours would you like to work each week? Do you thrive in a busy, customer-service oriented environment or would you prefer to do some quiet fruit picking by yourself? Are you an indoor or outdoor sort of person?

Put together a strong CV

Once you’ve decided what sort of thing you might like to do, start putting together a CV. There are plenty of good templates out there, and we’ve written tons of tips articles about CVs, so check those out. Include key important information, such as contact details, academic achievements, training, experience, interests and references. Use a clear font and use bullet points rather than long chunks of text. Check it a few times and then get a friend or relative to look it over.


See what’s out there

There are plenty of great job sites out there – including this one – so there should be no shortage of jobs to apply for. It may also be worth checking in the local paper and signing up with some employment agencies. Store your applications in a job folder and list the closing dates so you know when you can expect to be contacted if the employer is interested in hiring you. Keeping the details handy will be important if you’re called in for an interview as you’ll be able to remind yourself of exactly what you said in your application.


Start applying

Check the closing dates and apply for the most urgent ones first. Read the job description carefully and think about why you want the job. Do you have the right skills and experience? Even if you don’t, it may still be worth applying as some employers will offer good on-the-job training.

Spend time putting together individual cover letters for each role, making them specific to the jobs you’re applying for. Some hiring managers will ask you to fill in an application form, which can take time, but make the effort to fill them in carefully.


Don’t give up

You may not land a job right away, but keep trying and don’t take rejections personally. Set aside a fixed amount of time each week to look for jobs and send off your applications. If you’re struggling, try contacting local companies directly, for example a nearby shop, café or leisure centre. They may not even realise they need you until you get in touch!


Think about the future

Make sure you’re a good employee when you get the role. Turn up on time, dress appropriately, only take scheduled breaks, focus on the task in hand, work hard and be respectful at all times. As well as helping you succeed it your role, it will also stand you in good stead for the future. This job could provide a stepping stone to something else long term, or even turn into a permanent job opportunity in itself. Whatever happens, your summer job will give you valuable experience to add to your CV as well as a bit of extra money to keep you going over the summer.


Whether you’re looking for a temporary or permanent role, check out our latest job vacancies here 


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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25

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