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Start Your Summer Job Search, Now!

by Alex Pedersen

It may be hard to believe but that time of year is here. With spring around the corner, it is time for students to start their summer job search. Finding a summer job can be a tedious process that when left to the last minute can be overwhelming. In addition, with many summer positions being posted between January and March, you should be looking now. So if you are a student wanting summer employment, here are some easy job search tips:

1. Start early: If you haven’t already done so, start thinking about your job search now. By the time exams roll around in the spring, you won’t have time to update your resume and respond to job postings. Also, as some summer jobs are already being posted on websites, if you wait too long, you may miss some great opportunities. Common summer employment sectors in our area include: summer camps, summer pools, nurseries, retail and restaurants.

2. Update your resume: Make sure your resume has your current education, awards and experiences. For students who do not have work experience, include extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences and sports teams that you have participated in. These experiences can highlight your soft skills such as being motivated, dependable and reliable.

3. Make a plan: Make a list of positions and places that you want to apply to. Think about the type of experience you want to gain and which summer jobs will give you that experience. For example, if you want to gain leadership experience, consider being a summer camp counsellor. Also, research possible employers you’d like to work for and add them to your list. Then, keep an eye on their websites for summer job postings and consider sending them an email asking if they will be hiring summer students to show your interest in them.

4. Check the web regularly: In addition to company-specific websites, watch for summer job postings on job boards such as Indeed.com, Jobboard.lutherwood.ca, WowJobs.ca, and KWCareers.ca. As local governments hire a lot of students, check the Region of Waterloo’s website and all three city websites.

Summer employment is a great way to gain experience that you can add to your resume and help you find permanent employment once you finish school. It will also help you focus your career path as you discover what you are really passionate about. Finally, summer employment puts some extra cash in your pocket as you head back to school.

If you need help with your summer job search, take advantage of local programs and services in your area, like Summer Job Services offered by Lutherwood. These programs help students create and update resumes, prepare for interviews, learn how to succeed in the workplace and find work that matches their skills and interests.