Tips for landing that perfect summer job


May 11, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.
Updated May 12, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.

From prepping for finals to graduation details and other everyday duties, Victoria West High School senior Cheyenne Beyer has her work cut out for her. Still, that hasn't deterred her from tackling one more challenge.

She hopes to take on a summer job.

"I've been asking around and getting applications," said the 18-year-old, who's considering restaurant work. "I'm still looking."

And she isn't alone.

As the school year winds to an end, many high school and college students find themselves looking to earn some cash during summer break.

And now is the time to get the search underway, said Carole Kolle, center director for Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent.

The center has more job listings now than it has in a while, she said, which bodes well for area teens.

"The opportunity is there for them if they really want summer work," she said. "They should be able to find it."

Here, those in the know offer some tips to ease the search along.

Start searching now

The job hunt really heats up once school lets out. Get in ahead of the rush and you'll have better luck. It's never too early to start.

Explore all avenues

Make sure friends, family and neighbors know you're looking for work and browse newspaper, online and radio ads. Registering with Workforce Solutions and looking for "help wanted" signs also make a difference.

Do your homework

Before going in to interview, know what the company does, what the position entails and even understand the dress code. If necessary, go to the business beforehand to get a better idea.

Promote yourself

Companies want to know what work ethic and skills a candidate brings to the table, but it goes beyond that. They also want to know who the candidate is. Don't be afraid to talk and be yourself. Just do so in a professional manner.

Check your resume

Make sure the resume is free of spelling errors and that the information is correct. If you're including references, let those people know ahead of time they might receive a call.

List the soft skills

Not every teen has past work experience, but that doesn't have to be a deal breaker. Do you know how to use various computer programs or have experience managing teams? Have you done volunteer work? Make sure the potential employer knows.


Be courteous and dress appropriately, even if you're just picking up an application. Be enthusiastic about the work but don't be fake. Let your personality shine through.

Stay positive

Job searches can be frustrating if you don't find what you want right away but don't lose hope. Keep exploring different paths. You'll find one.

Sources: Cheyenne Beyer, teen job seeker; Brianna DeVera, teen worker at Casa Ole; Britni Hargis, co-manager at Journeys; Carole Kolle, center director for Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent.



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