If you live in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA and you are a college student, take note: Summer job hiring has already begun and the jobs may be gone before your school lets out. It turns out that 74% of companies that plan to hire summer workers intend to have that hiring done by the end of May and 7% have already filled their summer job slots.
But, summer jobs won't be limited to the people off school. High unemployment rates mean that you'll be competing against older and more experienced job candidates as well. Forty four percent of employers say that the more experienced crowd will be stiff competition for the students on summer break. This doesn't mean students don't stand a chance, though. They do. In fact, summer job hiring managers expect 78 percent of their hires to be inexperienced.
Have a positive attitude
When you're competing for the few open jobs, what can you do to make yourself stand out? Clearly, you won't have a three page resume detailing your expertise at fast food joints, amusement parks or any number of other typical summer jobs.
Employers will be looking for the person who will be on time, have a positive attitude, won't ask for every weekend off and will work hard when on the job.
Job hunt on your own
Don't show up to pick up an application, come to an interview, or even go to a job fair with your friends. Working is a grown up activity and you need to do it independently.
Networking isn't just something that's done by people looking for corporate finance jobs. Let your professors, neighbors, and friends all know you're looking for a job and what it is you want to do. If your friend already has a job and is a hard worker and thinks you'll be a hard worker, recommendation will likely help you land a spot at the same place.
Get dressed up
You're not expected to wear a suit to interview to be a caddy at the golf course. But, you should dress a step nicer than you'd do at work. Long pants and a nice shirt are a good start. Take out facial jewelry or multiple earrings, and make sure your hair is presentable. Extreme hairstyles are likely to harm, rather than help you.
Expand your horizons
Everyone knows that the local amusement park is hiring for the summer, but other places are as well. Hotels need housekeepers (who usually work daytime hours, which means your nights will be open), nursing homes are often hiring people to serve dinner to their residents, and lots of people who rely on school to watch their children most of the time will need a summer nanny. Getting paid to take some kids to the amusement park might be more fun and more lucrative than your friends' jobs operating the rides.