What Time Is It? Summer (Job) Time

default article imageWith summer approaching quickly, a common question you might be asked is: “What are your plans for the summer?” Some people might have elaborate vacations planned, while others might be headed to that dreaded summer job. 

That summer job of yours doesn’t have to be as miserable as you think. Finding the ideal summer job can be right at your fingertips without you even realizing it. Figure out what you are passionate about and then start to pursue jobs within your passions.

As the common saying goes, “If you choose a job you love you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is completely true; if you love going to work every day, then it won’t even feel like work.

Finding this ideal job might start with the application process. Although no one loves filling out pages and pages of information, this is the first step to loving your job. You might want to update your resume before you start applying to some of these jobs. 

Colleen Moretti, a junior communication student, said, “I think the ideal summer job is having something part time. Having a part time job is convenient because it doesn’t take up too much time during the summer but you are still able to make some money.”  

Make sure to give yourself time to fill out applications.  It is important not to rush through them and make them stand out. Companies can be receiving a tremendous, amount of applications so it is important to find a way to make yours special. A bonus factor is when you know someone who already works for the company, as this can potentially help you get your foot in the door. 

Don’t be afraid to ask around for open positions. Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services at Monmouth University said, “While it’s certainly fun to spend a summer lifeguarding or working at a camp, don’t overlook opportunities for summer internships in your field.”

Internships can be in a variety of departments such as healthcare, marketing, and accounting to just name a few. You’ll gain relevant work experience, make valuable contacts, and potentially open up job opportunities. Especially within today’s society, we have access to so many resources through the internet. 

LinkedIn has changed the way we can apply to jobs. We have such a tremendous amount of openings right through our computers. Now, it is easier than ever to find your own version of an ideal job.

Once the application process begins it can be quite stressful to wait around for them to get back to you. It is important to be patient with the process and realize that the ideal job will come. 

Applying to a large group of summer jobs is key. The more you apply to the better your chances are that you will end up getting one. Don’t focus on the money aspect of the job, just be happy if you get the position.

Over a long period of time, just like summer, the money will eventually add up and even if it doesn’t, at least you spent your time on something you enjoyed throughout the summer.

The ideal summer job will be something that makes your resume even better than what it already is.

Gaining experience is important and can set you apart from other candidates. In college, it is crucial to look for a job that is related to the field you might want to end up in after graduation.

Getting the opportunity to work in a related field is great experience and can potentially set you up for your future. This short-term summer job could end up being so much more than that. Maddie Larkin, a junior social work student, said, “The ideal summer job would consist of working someplace where you can gain experience for your future in a hands on environment.”

So many people realize after college that the field they are entering is not actually what they want to be doing.

This could be eliminated if they had a summer job in a similar field prior to graduation.

Overall, the goal is to gain experience which will help guide you in the future.