June 3, 2017 by thewashingteenian
By Ms. Sarah, Group Adviser
The time has come for the annual scramble to find a summer job! As usual, the library can help.
The first question is: what would you like to do? Do you like to write? Swim? Work with kids? What are your strengths and skills? Do you have a great memory? Are you a problem solver?
Physically writing these out as lists may give your search some initial direction. Your interests and skills might point to a certain path. If you’re a strong swimmer and cool under pressure, for example, you may want to consider looking into a job as a lifeguard at a community pool for the summer!
It can also be helpful to make a list of potential employers in your local area. Are there big companies looking for seasonal employees or have a lot of entry level job openings? Logically, more openings means a better chance of job seeking success! Don’t dismiss “mom & pop” businesses, though, because the restaurant or shop down the street might be desperate for an extra helping hand!
Check online for job postings! LinkedIn, Indeed, O’Net…. There are a ton of online listings out there. Be sure to take a moment and look at the education and experience requirements in each listing before you put a ton of effort applying to jobs you can’t get without a high school diploma or a certain degree!
Now, it’s time for work permits, resumes, and applications! It’s stressful, I know. Compiling the information you need beforehand can make the process easier. You may need a parent or guardian’s help with some of the info, so be sure to check and have everything on hand.
It’s a good idea to have several copies of applications ready because they should be filled out in pen. Accidents happen, so be prepared!
For resumes, remember to look at several examples of resumes online. Don’t buy a template or use a website that requires any form of payment! Microsoft Word has plenty of resume templates or you can just look at examples through Google Image Search.
Now, it’s time to show what you can do! If you have experience, make it known with strong word choice: “oversaw” this project, “established” this volunteer group, “developed” this campaign. Even if it sounds fancier than what it might have felt at the time….that’s OK! Please don’t include anything that you can’t back up, though, because lying on anything official will almost always come back to haunt you.
When you get that exciting call asking for an interview (or when you can start your new job), be sure to dress the part. Consignment shops are a great way to find appropriate attire for almost any job without breaking the bank. You’d be surprised how many people donate work pants that still have the tags on them!
Take a deep breath, smile, and shake hands during your interview. You’re going to be just fine!
The Enoch Pratt Library has a great resource for the entire job seeking process here called the Job Seeker’s Toolkit. There is information on researching and planning, looking for job openings, and filling out applications. There are a ton of great links and tips here!
When in doubt, stop by your local library branch for more tips from your librarians. We love helping job seekers!