The summer is here! With the UK experiencing a mini heat wave, the thought of a summer job is creeping into people’s minds. When you’re looking for a summer job, it’s a good idea to start your job search early. If you haven’t started looking yet, we suggest you do it now! The earlier you start applying, the more variety you’ll have available to make sure you spend your summer doing something that you not only enjoy, but aids your personal development too.
Here is a simple step by step guide to help you find your summer job:
- Update your CV
Before you start applying for jobs this summer, be sure that your CV is up to date. As with all jobs that you are applying for, the CV needs to be tailored for each role.
- Social media is in check
If you have a LinkedIn account then great! Make it a priority to update this along with your CV. It’s no secret that future employers may search for you online, so delete any discriminating photos of yourself and check your privacy settings if you want to keep things hidden.
- Get your references ready
A summer job may be for a short period of time, but employers may ask for references. If you have not had a job in the past, then ask a lecturer or senior person you know to give you a personal recommendation.
- Decide what summer job you want
Before you start trawling the internet looking for summer jobs, it is a good idea to know exactly what you are looking for. Do you want to be inside or out? Do you want to be customer focused or hidden away in a stock room? A variety of summer positions become available especially within hospitality and retail as the tourism season kicks in and people want to embrace the outdoors – even if that includes popping to the shops.
- Search for summer jobs online
The best place to search for jobs is online. There are a number of online job boards including CV Library and Indeed who have an outstanding number of jobs in a variety of locations and industries. Sites such as Gumtree may also host job adverts, but don’t be fooled by fake adverts offering your amazing opportunities working from home and doing NOTHING AT ALL.
The key to getting noticed is to get out there! Speak to friends and family to see if any positions have become available where they work or ask them to spread the word to their friends to see if they know of anything going. For retail work, it may be worth you dropping your CV in person and asking to speak with the manager. This gives you the opportunity to ask them questions if a role is available.
Don’t waste your summer months doing something tedious that you hate while all of your friends are at the beach having fun. We recommend doing something in an industry that is of interest to help gain valuable experience plus provides an additional reference when applying for future roles.