Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Amy Edwards0
How to bag that perfect summer job
By Amy @BubbleJobs
It’s that time of year again when students flock back home to spend their summer in the comfort of the family nest, catch up with old friends and enjoy the unpredictable English weather. Oh and if they get time it’s also the time when many try to find a summer job that will provide them with some valuable cash to fund their socialising for the next few months.
Now, it’s no secret that competition for summer jobs can be tough. You’ve got to fight off students from not just the local universities but from the local colleges too so you need to be quick if you want to bag the best of a bad bunch when it comes to summer jobs. OK, that’s unfair – they’re not all bad, but the majority don’t really tend to tie in with your future career plans.
When it comes to securing a great summer job the trick is to think ahead. It’s no secret that come June every student in your area will be fighting for the same limited roles so you need to have the initiative to get ahead of the competition – it’s never too early to apply for a summer job. And remember just because a company doesn’t have any summer jobs advertised, it doesn’t mean they don’t have any summer jobs going or won’t need an extra helping hand in summer – the trick is to get your CV out there and into the local community.
When it comes to your summer job search, you need to get as many people involved as possible. Tell all your friends and family that you’re looking for a summer job and ask them to keep a look out for any potential opportunities – just like a full-time job search, it’s not about what you know but who you know when it comes to snagging a summer job.
Sorry to break it to you but it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to bag a summer job that’ll help you out in your preferred future career. Instead it’s more than likely that you’ll end up with a summer job in a shop, supermarket, food establishment or leisure facility. Rather than being fussy when it comes to a summer job, think about what key skills you can learn and what you can get from the job – it’s all about the glass being half full rather than half empty!
Just like a traditional job search, it pays to know where to look when it comes to summer jobs. Some job sites have specialist ‘summer jobs’ sections which advertise… yep, you guessed it, the latest summer jobs right across the country, however your best bet has to be local newspapers when it comes to finding jobs in your immediate area.
When it comes to summer jobs there are some fairly cool ones out there that let you enjoy the best Britain has to offer and earn money at the same time. The most obvious? Festivals! From Glastonbury and V to Reading and Leeds, there are shed-loads of music festivals that take place in the UK every year and there are tonnes of jobs that need to be done to make the festival work. efestivals is a great site to find the latest festival vacancies and the good news is they’re still looking for employees for this year’s festivals!
So there you have it; to get a great summer job you need to be enthusiastic, have a positive attitude and have the initiative to get there before anyone else! Good luck on your 2012 summer job search!