The economy sucks right now. We all know that. But what many people haven’t anticipated is the lasting effect that the economic downturn has had on seasonal jobs and their most common employees, students and in-experienced workers.
If you want to find a summer job, it’s time to gear up for a challenging, but fulfilling job search. You aren’t too late to find one but you should expect it to be a little bit difficult if you haven’t found a position yet. You will have to be more creative when searching for a position by using a variety of job sites to search for jobs, and it may even require pounding a little pavement and carting your resume around to a few places before you find a good fit.
There is nothing wrong with working at the local ice cream parlor. In fact, having any job is better than none at all. But a summer job can be more than just something to do. It can be a good stepping stone to a career by either putting you in an industry that you may want to stay in, or by teaching you valuable life lessons that you can’t get elsewhere.
Good seasonal jobs can often be found around the community. Some examples are:
- The City/State- oftentimes summer employees are needed in the parks departments and sanitation departments to balance the effects of increased tourism. Can be referred to as a character and strength builder on resumes.
- Parks, Resorts, Camps and Hotels- just like with Cities and States, hotels and other tourism hotspots usually need summer employees like lifeguards, extra wait-staff in the dining facilities, and counselors/participants to help guide children through daily activities. Great for people looking for hospitality, sales, or customer service careers.
- Nursing Homes/Healthcare Facilities- more often than not, these types of facilities are short on staff. This can be a good place to learn valuable people skills and can be a great job for teens or students who are looking to have a career in the medical profession
It’s certainly not impossible to make a summer job both fun and rewarding for the future. There are plenty of great ways to make summer jobs both valuable and an adventure.
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