How To Find A Summer Job In High School
Category : Job Search
Now it’s time to get serious about making some money so you can get serious about having some fun this summer. Here’s my insider guide to finding a summer job that fits your style and skills.
Step 1 – What do you want?
The very first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do. Do you want to be inside or outside? Do you want to be doing office work or physical work? Do you want lots of hours or just a few? Do you want to serve people as a server or cashier or do you want to do things like stock shelves and work load out at Home Depot?
Take a minute, print out this page, and fill in what you want and what you don’t want.
Things I want:
Things I don’t want:
One more thing:
What is your minimum pay level? Decide this first because if you don’t, you’ll settle for less than this. You are worth whatever you can negotiate for.
Step 2 – Make a resume
Okay, now that you know what you want and don’t want it is time to create a resume. This is one of the main ways you are going to present yourself to potential employers. It is not the only way… you’ll hear more about that later in step 4 and 5.
So, you need to create a resume. Open up Microsoft Word or Google Docs or anything you can use to create a resume, create a PDF, and print out some copies. This is super important. You need to represent yourself with a resume to people who don’t know you so take some time and get this right!
Go to Google and search for example teen resumes or sample resume templates. Find something you like and copy it. Here are the sections you need to have:
- Name and Contact Information
- Classes and Projects
- Strong Skills
- Experience (volunteering, community service, or past jobs)
Don’t take too long on this step. Get a template figured out and filled in. If this takes you more than an hour for the first draft, you’re making it too big a deal.
Once you have a resume you need other people to proof read it!
Now, don’t be asking your friends who failed English class and cannot even spell text slang correctly. Get this in front of a teacher or a parent or a friend who aces papers.
Mistakes will cause your resume to be set aside without consideration, so get it right!
Step 3 – Job Search
Time to do some job searching. Spend an hour to do this first, before you get on the phone and start walking in to stores and businesses asking if they have openings. Do this first because you will learn what is available, what the expectations are, maybe what they pay. You will figure out what types of local businesses have entry level openings.
YOU CAN EVEN APPLY ONLINE FROM YOUR PHONE!
Step 4 – Get On The Phone
Alright, now that you’ve checked out the openings, you know what sorts of companies have positions for you, you know what you might be able to do. Now it is time to separate yourself form the people that don’t come to MyFirstPaycheck.
Get on the phone!
Call the local businesses you found with openings or other businesses just like them to find out if they have a position. If they do, ask how to apply. Then DO IT!
Call 5 to 10 businesses right now. The first one will be hard but the last will be easy.
Step 5 – Get On Your Feet
Now that you’ve spread your resume out at local companies it is time to walk in to some of them and ask if they have positions. If you haven’t gotten a job yet and you haven’t done this then you don’t really want a job. This will separate you from all the slackers who are too lazy to get a job and live the way they want to live over the summer!
Go to the local businesses, the ones around you, and ask if they have a need for someone with your skills over the summer. This will bring out some of the best jobs in the community.
Now, you need to:
- Dress appropriately
- Take a resume to leave with each business
- Be friendly
- Be confident
I walked out of Eagle hardware back in the day with a job after walking in and asking if they needed help. This is exactly what it took for me to find something. You can do it to.
Land Your Job
Go through the process and what you will find is that job will appear in front of you. It might take some time. You might have to do some things you haven’t done before. You might need to show some confidence. You might need to step out of your comfort zone. Those that are willing to go get what you want will be rewarded.