Finding a Summer Job - Step 1: Think About Your Summer Job Options

 

Step 1: Think About Your Summer Job Options

For many students, their first experience working will be at a summer job. Unfortunately, having little or no formal work experience under your belt can result in a very challenging search. How do you land a job if your work history is limited? Luckily for you there are many other skills you can offer a potential employer. You are hard-working, eager to learn, and have lots of enthusiasm! That has to account for something, right? Well it does. Many employers look for these traits when hiring summer students.

Types of Jobs Available

There are several main industries where young people with little or no formal work experience can find summer employment:

• Attractions – amusement parks, water slides, outdoor music and performance venues, local tourist attractions
• Business – sales rep, marketing rep, telemarketing
• Entertainment – disc jockey, dancer, actor or actress, announcer
• General Labour – construction worker, warehouse worker, gardener/landscaper, pool maintenance, cleaner, painter
• Hospitality – hotel worker, restaurant worker, tour guide, casino worker, valet parking, ice cream and summer food vendor, reservations clerk
• Office – administrative assistant, receptionist, clerk
• Other – tutoring, volunteering
• Helping – childcare, babysitter, dog walker, elderly assistant and home visitor, hospital and nursing home helper, veterinary assistant, charity fund canvasser
• Retail – grocery clerk, sales associate, cashier, movie theatre usher, secret shopper
• Recreation – camp counsellor, special event worker, pool attendant, swimming instructor, lifeguard, gymnastics teacher, golf course and driving range helper

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