By Daniel Newell Summer is right around the corner and you may be asking yourself what you can do to prepare for the summer job market. Seasonal employment is a great way to obtain your first job and it provides an opportunity to learn new skills. The Service industry (retail, restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, etc) often recruits in large numbers for seasonal help and can serve as an excellent career ladder.
Follow these FIVE tips for best results to obtaining part time and seasonal employment:
1) Open your availability
· A major requirement for seasonal employment is open or flexible availability
· You MUST be available when the employer needs you
In the service industry, this means weekends, holidays, and evenings
2) Apply Early!
If you are applying for jobs in the service industry, for best results, apply the last week of April and first two weeks of May for summer employment and apply the last two weeks of October and beginning of November for holiday/winter employment.
3) Be prepared to complete an online/electronic application
· Have all of your personal information handy
· Try and complete your application in one sitting
· Use common browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox
Online applications/assessments are typically timed; try not to take longer than 60—90 minutes
4) Your resume should list a summary of skills, experiences and qualifications that are practical to the employer, such as:
· “Available weekends/holidays”
· “Open availability/flexible schedule”
· “Three months experience working with the general public”
· “Six months experience of working in a fast-paced environment”
5) Your appearance matters.
· You should appear to look clean and well groomed
· The environment in which you choose to work will determine how you should dress
· In some cases, dressing in professional attire is appropriate while in others, it may be too dressy
· Look at current employees, your attire should be a notch up from theirs during the hiring process
Try to obtain a position that relates to your long-term career goals if possible, make the position your own and align it with personal interests. Networking is always a great idea to expand your number of contacts; another option is to create your own position, such as babysitting, dog walking, or helping out at a small business. Follow these five short rules for best results to obtaining your PT or seasonal job! Have fun, learn, and be confident, good luck!
Daniel Newell is the Job Development and Marketing Specialist for San Jose State University. He has over eleven years’ experience in the employment industry and serves as a commissioner to the City of San Jose where he provides advice and resources on many issues, including employment.