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Tips for Finding a Summer Job

Tips for Finding a Summer Job

Many high schoolers take on part-time jobs to help pay for entertainment expenses, get work experience and save up for college. Learn how to do it with these simple tips.

Applying

  • Online job search sites can be great, but they're not the only option. Stop by the places you're interested in working at and ask for a paper application. 
  • Fill out the application completely. Many of them are long and ask for references, a list of classes you've taken and a lot of other information.
  • Don't be afraid to call after a few days and check on the status of your application. Ask to speak to the hiring manager and you may be offered an interview!

Interviewing

  • Make yourself presentable, even if the employees don't appear to have a dress code. Leave the sweatpants and ripped jeans at home and make sure you look clean and put-together. 
  • Bring a copy of your high school resume, in case the interviewer wants to review it.
  • Planning answers to common interview questions and knowing what you'll say in advance can help calm your nerves. Some questions include:
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What's an example of a time you succeeded in a challenging situation?
    • Tell me about a time where you handled conflict?
  • Prepare questions in advance; questions about what the job entails, the most challenging part of the role, what other employees like about their jobs and when the manager plans to make a decision.

After the Interview

  • Write a thank-you email for your interviewer.
  • Call or email to follow up if you haven't received a response within a week.
  • Don't get discouraged if you don't get the job. Remember, it's practice for your next application!
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