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Top Tips for Students: Applying for a Summer Job
Summer jobs are a great way to earn some extra income and add experience to your CV over a short period.
The summer break is the ideal time to get a temporary job as businesses require extra hands to alleviate the stress of busy periods.
Think about whether you want a summer job to lead to a permanent position, to gain experience, to help with your cash flow, or all of these.
What sort of job?
Examples of jobs you could look into are working in a bar, restaurant, retail shop, theme park or office.
Remember that six or seven weeks (or longer if youre at university) is not to long to endure hard or tiresome work. Its the long term prospects and experience it gives you that you need to consider.
Temporary and flexible jobs are in abundance during the summer holidays, whether they are part-time or full-time, so you should be able to find the one thats right for you.
Where to start the search
Make sure that your check in a number of places for summer jobs, such as:
Notices in the local shop and post officeAdverts in the newspaperNotices in retailers windows with positions vacantWebsites such as www.studentjob.co.uk, where you can register and search for vacanciesSocial media, by following company or group pages to see vacancy posts and get notifications
Show what you have
Make sure you have a current CV showing your education and interests as its vital for getting your foot in the door.
Put together a standard cover letter template which you can easily tailor depending on the job you are applying for. There are many different websites offering tips on doing this.
The CV and letter are all about first impressions, so spend a bit of time on them to make them presentable.
Start applyingStart applying and distributing your CV in the spring to get ahead of some of the competition.
Many retailers, bars and restaurants accept CVs in person so why not drop your CV into them? Approaching them is a good way to show your personality and confidence.
Give plenty of time for online applications as they can be more time consuming. Each form you complete will vary, meaning that you may have to change what you write each time.
Many employers will accept your CV online if you attach or upload it, but watch out for other questions that might be asked of you.
Use recruitment agencies as they will be more useful if you fancy yourself in an office role.
Demonstrate your skillsMake sure that you can demonstrate good customer service and IT skills as some employers may give you a test run beforehand.
If the job requires an interview to establish your suitability, treat it seriously and as part of the application process.
Re-read your application and prepare any answers. Again, look at various job sites to help you plan for this event.
ConclusionApplying for a summer job is not to be taken for granted. It can be as important, and just as nerve-racking, as applying for a permanent position.
The employer wants to recruit the most appropriate people to help their business during a busy time, so treat the application professionally and keep your options open.
Put every effort that you can into looking, finding, demonstrating and applying so that you can make a summer job work for you.