Summer Job Season
With school out and college slowed down for summer sessions, many young people have a little extra time on their hands. For some, that means finding a seasonal job. For others looking to get started on their career, an internship may be just the ticket. So how do you put yourself in the best position to find internships and jobs? We’ve got some advice.
- Job Listing Websites
There are a handful of popular brands that are in the business of connecting employers to talent. Brands like Indeed, Monster, Ziprecruiter and more are big players in the market. You can usually search and apply for jobs for free, but you should be aware they might upcharge for premium services that may or may not be useful to you.
- American Job Centers
The federal government established an organized system of American Job Centers. There is likely one near you. You can visit in person and talk to an employment specialist who can help you find and apply for jobs that meet your needs, whether seasonal or long-term. Visit the American Job Centers website to learn more and to find a job center near you.
- Young Professionals Groups
Many opportunities come through relationships. If you don’t already have valuable relationships, where do you start? If you’re starting your career and are in the hunt for a summer job or internship, going to Young Professionals events could be a good start. There is likely to be a Young Professionals group in every sizeable city or region. To find one year you, try doing a web search for your city or region of the state and including the words “young professionals.” If you have a Facebook account, you can also use the search feature to find out if they have a Facebook group or page with posts or a schedule of when meetings happen. New friends through groups such as these may be able to tell you about opportunities or introduce you to valuable contacts.
Do you have a LinkedIn account? If so, have you updated it recently? We could dedicate a whole article to LinkedIn, but suffice to say, it’s a great place to find job listings. If you find a job or internship listing that interests you on the platform, make sure your LinkedIn profile is correct, up-to-date and highlights skills you have that recruiters may find valuable before applying. List your education, any certifications and volunteer work. Have a friend proofread it to check for typos or errors. The more well-rounded and skilled you are, the better your chances of getting the attention of a decision-maker.
- Avoid Job Scams
There are, unfortunately, unethical people who will take advantage of job-seekers in the world. Always follow the age-old rule of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has a handy guide to spotting and avoiding suspicious job listings or advertisements. Be sure to read through it before starting any job search.
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