June’s here and you don’t have a summer job? Read this before panic sets in around the kitchen table at home.
At The Bagg Group, we get what it’s like to be a student on the lookout for work. We’ve worked with thousands as temps over the years, and continue to do so. And the 60,000-plus people we placed in full-time jobs, temp and contract work over our 40-year history were all students once too. So we know what you need,
The first thing you need is optimism. We can give you a boost of that right here. There are all kinds of ways for you to acquire experiences this summer that will pay off for your career.
No matter what, take the words of Bagg Group CEO Geoff Bagg to heart: Whatever you do this summer, be sure to do something. Employers want to see initiative, drive, and energy.
So take a look at some of these tried-and-ideas below. But don’t stop there. Brainstorm, imagine, be bold.
The secret: When you do well at one temp job, you’ll fnd it easier to get more. You may be able to temp your way through college or university.
The career pay-off: Experience, plus you’ll make contacts. You’ll get to know recruiters, as well as managers and colleagues at your placement, even other temps. You just never who will land where and help open a door for you.
Give family and friends a line to say about you:
Don’t ask for sympathy from those in your circle when you can’t find a job. Instead, ask everyone you know if they know someone who might know someone who … .
If anyone could use a really creative, hard-working, eager student to help on a social media project, my nephew is looking for a summer job and he’s a whiz.
The career payoff: Contacts, references, work!
When you can’t get a job, get a business:
Think about any kind of service you can pitch to people this summer. It could be anything, from cleaning basements to online research, to personal shopping. Then come up with a company name, create a Facebook page, and think about how you can sell your service.
The secret: You feel more motivated to knock on doors when you’re promoting your own business, be it a basement clearing business, or a car-wash in-your-driveway business. When you think like a company president, you naturally focus on how to make your business succeed. You’ll consider things you may never have thought of before, like collecting testimonials from clients and handing out business cards.
The career payoff: You’ll be able to write and talk about how you started and grew a business.
Print off resumes, and go for a walk:
The more things change, the more some things stay the same. Of course, you want to keep looking online for summer jobs, but the traditional way of walking into stores, cafes, restaurants, etc. and dropping off your resume still works.
The secret: Dress appropriately. We know from studies that you make a first impression within six seconds. It’s important to walk in looking like someone whom the manager could see fitting in.
The career payoff: Your experience dealing with customers and proven reliability to do whatever job is asked of you gives you something worthwhile to talk about in future interviews.
Volunteer, shadow, intern:
If you can’t find an internship, ask to volunteer with an organization that speaks to your interests. You can write blogs, fundraise, hand out water bottles at marathons –whatever you do, counts.
The secret: If your organization of interest isn’t advertising for help, come up with an idea of what you could do for them and call. A lot of peoplewant to help students get experience, so don’t be shy to ask. Use the subject line of your email well though –indicate you’re a student who wants to help out this summer. You can still volunteer even if you get a summer job.
The career payoff: Experience, contacts, and proof that you are a team-player who likes to get involved.
A note about your resume: If you don’t have any work experience, detail your extra-curricular activities. For example, if you’re on a sports team, include your position, and any way you support the team. If you have a hobby or strong area of interest, talk about your involvement. The aim is to show energy, enthusiasm, initiative, and reliability.