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Finding a Summer Job (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter turns his attention to helping those of you who will be looking for summer jobs.


Today, I'm not good be talking about finding a job as "big game." I'm going to be talking to those of you who are looking for summer jobs. This is not my normal market. But folks need help and admittedly take a little bit of time to try to help.

Finding a summer job isn't radically different than finding a full-time job. There is a lot of competition for them. You have to go through a lot of steps in order to find work. The steps aren't fun. As a matter of fact, most of them are pretty tedious. They are boring. They are annoying. They are going to make you not want to work. But you want a summer job and this is what you've got to do.

The 1st thing to do is get your working papers in order. If you are under 18, it's pretty common to need working papers. Look up on the web where in your city or will reduce state you need to go get working papers. Go through the steps to get done. Don't procrastinate. Just do it. It's boring. It's stupid. You just need to get it done.

While you're working on that, start writing the basic resume. Were not talking about an adult looking resume. He would talk about where you've gone to school, what you've done at school, whether you've worked anywhere before and what your responsibilities were. If you have any references from the these jobs, great! Don't put them on the resume. Have them available in case they are needed. It's important to talk about what you did, where you did it, how long you did it, what you liked about your job, don't say anything critical about the people that you worked for. Just say it was a great learning opportunity, and you have a lot of fun, you helped a lot of people I just talk about what your basic job was like. No one is expecting you to have been ruler of the universe at these jobs. They just want to know that you worked.

Next, get some help. If you're in high school or college there is an office at the school that can help you find work. They may mumble to you about how hard it will be in the will take a big effort to find the job. You already know this; it's not like they're telling you anything you don't know. If they say this to you nod your head and then ask, "what do you have for me?"

"We don't have much."

"What you have for me?" Go about the steps to finding a job. Go to those firms. Fill out applications. Do that kind of stuff. You may not be hired for the 1st job that you apply to but let's get out there and start talking to people so that you can practice what you might say on an interview. Like I said, you are going to fill out applications. You don't want to have crappy handwriting. If you are visiting a company in person, you want to dress properly for the interview, even if what you're doing is filling out application. If the role, there might be a receptionist here is taking note of how you act and how you behave and they are reporting back to whoever it is that is getting that application to see if you act like a jerk or look like a jerk, you look weird… Stuff along those lines. You want to act like an adult when you're filling out application.

Again, go to places where you might like to work-- amusement parks, restaurants, retail stores – – get out there and start talking to firms.

Network. The simplest way to network as a high school or college kid is to tell everyone that you know that you're out looking for a job. If they ask you what kind of work you want to do, if you're in college and they have an idea of what you like to do, mention it, but don't be so inflexible that you are not willing to consider other alternatives.

Networking can be just as simple as reminding your parents to ask their friends if they are hiring. See if they are friends' friends will ask someone they know if they are hiring. Stuff along those lines may not work the 1st time and it may not work the 21st time, but you just need one.

I also remind you that for those of you don't find the job at the beginning of the season, college kids another. Sometimes cut out before the end of the summer because they have to get back to school. That camp or that business may still need someone for tourist season so don't be reluctant that if you miss out on the 1st hiring wave to go back there to go back there toward the end of the summer season when those who were ahead of you and God jobs may have walked out and you can pick up with the jobs were.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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