As the end of the school year approaches, the hunt for summer jobs begins. Start your young ones off with these tips:
First, consider what type of job matches your interests. If you enjoy the outdoors, you might want to work as a camp counselor. If you’re good with computers, you might look into IT related work at a company. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, you might find a business owner you admire and see if they need a personal assistant.
Next, don’t procrastinate. The best jobs are snapped up quickly, so you want to get ahead of the competition. Start networking now—ask family, friends, even parents of friends if they know of any job opportunities. If you show sincere enthusiasm and a strong work ethic, most people are happy to help if they can. Also, consider your references now—they can be teachers, coaches or leaders at any place you’ve volunteered. Politely ask them in advance if they’ll serve as your personal reference.
When you find positions that interest you and utilize your skill set, write personalized cover letters when you apply. It may be tempting to mail a boilerplate letter, but taking the time to outline your interest in a specific position and how you believe you could be an asset makes a big impact, especially when you don’t have a personal connection to get you in the door.
Finally, if you have an interview, come prepared. Make sure you dress appropriately and look polished. If you’re interviewing at a business, study their website and be familiar with both its field and its particular history. Prepare some thoughtful questions to ask, and of course, be ready to answer questions. It may help to rehearse with a family member in a mock interview. And after your interview, seal the deal with a personalized, thoughtful thank you note.
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