DON’T WAIT! The time is now to start looking for that perfect summer job! The semester is almost over and whether you are going home or staying on campus, extra cash over the summer would be nice. Here are some tips for getting that summer job you were hoping for.
- Create a Resume
Be sure that you have a resume that you can give to employers looking to hire. If an employer is not hiring, you can still leave a resume with them in order to be considered for future openings. Come into the Career Center for resume help or constructive critiques.
- Start Early
Employers start hiring for summer jobs as early as March. Don’t be the last on the list. Start sending out applications and resumes to employers as soon as possible. Spend at least an hour a day researching the types of jobs you want to pursue. Look for work in growing industries such as government jobs, healthcare, the retail industry, and the service industry.
- Use your Networks
Networking is not only for getting that full-time career opportunity. Ask your family and friends for help brainstorming job possibilities. If you have previously had a job, ask your former employer if they are hiring, if not, ask for business contacts to find other job openings. Send a professional email to others in your network stating your skills and specific areas you would like to work in.
- Prepare for the Interview
Mock interviews are a great way to prepare. Get interview tips and set up a mock interview at the Career Center (while most of our services are walk-ins mock interviews must be scheduled with a staff member). Dress appropriately, overdressed is better than underdressed. Show up early to your interview, bring your resume, turn off your cell phone, have a strong handshake and make eye contact when meeting the employer.
- Be honest about your time commitment
Do not set hours that you know you will not be able to fully commit to. If you are also taking classes this summer employers will be understanding. On the other hand do not take every Friday off. Employers will figure out that your family emergency is really a trip to the beach.
Here are some sites to use for your job search.
Tampa Job and Career Fair: http://tampabayjobfair.com