Congratulations for making it through another semester! For many of us, the end of the school year often means looking for an extra summer job or two. Finding jobs to fill the time is a great way to make some extra money and have some really neat experiences.
The first tidbit to remember about starting this kind of job hunt is to start looking as early as possible. A lot of college and high school students will be looking for employment, so try to get a head start. Don’t wait until it’s almost time to go back to school because a lot of opportunities could be missed.
These sorts of jobs can be an awesome way to try new, fun things, especially since summer jobs are not always long term (though they can lead to continuing employment) and there is always something different to try the next time around. Summer jobs and internships can also be helpful in exploring personal interests and gaining new skills. For example, if a career in the medical field is something of interest, an internship might be something to look into, even if it’s just something to get a foot in the door. Additionally, since I know there are a number of animal lovers out there, local humane societies can always use some extra help too.
Before filling out an application and going in for an interview, having a well put together resume is an important starting point. There are a lot of online websites that claim to be helpful with resumes, but a lot of the ones I have seen tend to want a payment before allowing the resume to be saved or printed. Thus, as I have mentioned in past articles, high school and college career service departments tend to be a good place to try first. They can also be useful when trying to figure out what is available in the job market. Teachers and other professionals can also be great resources for help with resumes, in addition to being wonderful references if potential employers ask for them.
Some other ways to find jobs are to talk to family members, peers, neighbors (etc.) that may know what jobs are open at the moment, and, if someone needs a dog walker, babysitter or a helping hand to water their plants while they are away on vacation, those can also be ways to make some extra cash. Checking out local libraries that often have resources for youth looking for jobs (especially if the library has a teen/young adult center) can be beneficial too.
On the other hand, the internet can be a handy way to keep an eye out for openings. If we try looking up our city’s website and search for youth in the job section, there are normally a variety of opportunities to be found there. Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs, zoos, national and local landmarks are just a few of the possibilities (these also happen to be places that are increasingly popular during summer months). Volunteering can be a fantastic way to not only get experience but also learn along the way. For several years now I have helped at a kids’ camp/Vacation Bible School and have loved it every time, so getting paid does not have to be the most rewarding part of lending one’s time and energy.
One last note I want to leave is to be careful of job scams. Make sure to know the people that could be potential employers, do some research, and/or take a friend and go check the place out before even filling out an application. Earlier in the school year, there had been flyers put up around my campus advertising “easy” jobs for students that would supposedly pay quite well, but I later got an e-mail from my school saying that the jobs were illegitimate and not to respond to the flyers. Unfortunately, there are some untrustworthy people out there.
Don’t let that last piece of advice be a determent though! Go out, find something enjoyable, and see where it goes from there! There are jobs waiting to be discovered.
Be a blessing and get one in return.
Luke 6:38 (NIV) “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap…”
Colossians 3:23 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.