By Rhonda Campbell
Teenagers aren’t the only workers for whom the advantages of working summer jobs apply. Teachers and seasonal workers, including administrative staff at colleges and universities, can also reap the benefits associated with working for employers during the summer.
Advantages of Working Summer Jobs
The chance to earn extra money isn’t the only benefit gained from working during the summer. To begin, many summer jobs offer:
- Short commutes (many summer jobs are located in communities where job seekers work)
- Reasonable work hours (a lot of summer job have set work hours)
- Less stressful work
- Increased opportunities to work with friends
- Valuable work experience for teens and adults re-entering the job market
- Overtime pay
This summer there may be another perk. According to CareerBuilder, about 29 percent of employers expect to hire summer workers. The good news is that if employers stick to their hiring expectations, growth of the actual percentage of employers who added summer workers to their payroll will have increased by 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. Because students at the high school and college levels will be vying for many of these jobs, adults seeking summer work should consider submitting applications to employers as soon as possible.
It’s also important that job seekers polish off their resumes, ensuring that they highlight key projects they worked on for previous employers. Students who will be working for the first time this summer can add volunteer and community projects they worked on in place of previous paying work experience. They should also include extracurricular projects, including student organizations, they spearheaded.
Landing the Best Summer Jobs
Some of the best summer jobs offer competitive hourly wages, opportunities to develop and strengthen new job skills and the chance to meet new people who may, months later, become key networking contacts to land paying ad hoc work assignments through. When it comes to the types of companies that traditionally beef up their hiring during summer months, restaurants, country clubs, community centers that have swimming pools, beaches and amusement parks often lead the pack. These companies hire workers like waiters, waitresses, caddies, cashiers and lifeguards. Other popular summer jobs include babysitting, newspaper delivery, summer camp instructor and tutoring jobs.
Major corporations operating in financial services, technology and retail industries also hire summer workers. However, some of these jobs are filled as early as April. Teens and adults who have parents, friends and other relatives who work at major corporations are encouraged to ask these people to search in-house corporate job boards and let them know of temporary or summer job opportunities. People who land these jobs may perform administrative or customer service work, answering telephones, preparing corporate presentations, etc.
In regards to the job search, there are various online and offline tools available to teens and adults seeking for summer work. For example, there is SnagAJob.com, Allretailjobs.com, CareerBuilder, Indeed, local job banks and the classified ad section of local newspapers. High school guidance counselors and college career counselors are also good resources to contact when sourcing for summer jobs.
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