How to Get a Summer Job

By University of Waterloo Modified on May 07, 2024
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Advice on preparing for, finding, and applying for work while you're on summer break.

How to Get a Summer Job

For many people, summer is their favourite time of year. It's a season of endless possibilities; the stress of school is usually far away, the weather is warm, and the days are longer.

If you're out of school for the summer, there are plenty of jobs you can get to help make some extra money and gain valuable work experience. If you're considering getting a job this summer, here are some tips on how and where to get a good summer job.

How to prepare to find a summer job

Before you hit job search websites, be sure you have your required documents in hand.

Create (or update) your résumé

If you don't have one, you'll need to create a résumé that helps you stand out from other applicants. Your résumé should showcase your most impressive skills, experiences, and achievements, while being easy to read and understand.

You'll use this document countless times over the next several years and it'll be your key to unlocking new opportunities — just be sure to update it when necessary!

Gather references

It's recommended to provide two to three references from past employers who can speak to your relevant experiences and qualifications.

Teachers, guidance counsellors, and supervisors from previous volunteer roles are excellent alternatives, especially if you haven't had a job before!

Dress appropriately for interviews

First impressions matter! You probably don't need to wear a suit and tie, but wrinkle-free clothing and a blazer go a long way.

It's important to aim for a polished, professional look; you'll convey a sense of professionalism, respect for the opportunity, and enthusiasm for the role. This can also help you feel more confident and make a stronger overall impression during the interview.

When and where to look for summer jobs

Don't wait until the last minute to start your hunt for summer jobs. You can use websites like these:

to search for opportunities in your area. Additionally, visit the career pages of organizations you are interested in and reach out directly to express your interest. This proactive approach can help you stand out from other applicants and demonstrate your genuine interest in the role!

Use your contacts for leads on possible jobs

Don't underestimate the power of networking! Reach out to family, friends, teachers, guidance counsellors, mentors, and individuals that are in a field related to your career interests for job leads, resources, and valuable insights and advice.

Governments offer an incredible range of jobs

Consider exploring summer student positions offered by provincial and federal governments. While competitive, these roles provide valuable experience and may even lead to future opportunities. Working for the government can offer diverse experiences and the chance for rehire in future summers.

As you embark on your summer job search, remember to be proactive and open-minded. Each application and interview are an opportunity to learn and grow. Best of luck, and may your summer be both rewarding and enriching!

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