By: Linda Roberts
Applying for a summer job is different from applying for a corporate job vacancy. A summer job is the stepping-stone to a teenager’s journey into being part of the work force in the future. Summer vacation is not all about parties and beaches. Summer is a brief respite away from academics, and it is a time when a student starts to mold his/her young career.
The first thing to do when applying for a summer job is look for directories and job listings that hire teenagers to work at a specific period of day. Buy a local newspaper and browse classified advertisements for any summer job or part-time work in the community.
After finding a suitable job offer, preparing and writing the resume comes next. There is a huge disparity between a summer job and corporate resume. As a student, you need to understand how you should author the portfolio. Here are some tips:
Indicate the position you are applying for and state why – Put together a series of interesting points why you want to apply for that certain position. Tell the employer why you want to work for them. Include concrete and justifiable means.
Schooling background – Include on the resume positive impressions about you as a student. Looking for a part-time job need no to be too formal. The goal is to create a favorable impression with the employer and make him/her feel confident on your abilities as a young part-time employee.
Detail the real you – Aside from providing the employer about your educational achievements, explain to him/her the real you. Open up values why the employer should hire you. The essence of applying for a part-time job is to gain experience. Throw all the formalities away.
Parental consent – Finally, include contact details of your parents. This will give you security whether the employer turns rogue and starts bossing you around. As a teenager, you are still vulnerable and unfit to work under heavy pressure.
Spend your summer working rather than wasting your allowance stash on recreational activities. Jump-start your career with a part-time job that will sure guide you in the future as a professional.
Linda Roberts is part of a research team providing various resource materials to many different corporate recruitment departments.