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4 Tips for Landing a Summer Dream Job

21 MAY 2014

It happens to all of us. You apply to jobs, send resumes everywhere and then…. you don’t hear back. Nothing. Not even an email thanking you for applying. It’s a frustrating process, but what can you do? Well, try putting these four useful tips below into practice to see if it changes your luck. Finding a summer job can be difficult, as a lot of positions out there are unpaid internships, but with the right approach you can find a way to make it work!

Try hot areas of employment

The market is never completely balanced – there will always be strong demand in one sector and less demand in another. By targeting hot areas of employment, you increase your chances of applying to a position that hasn’t already been filled. Good with numbers? Try an entry-level position in finance, such as at a bank. If you have CPR training or have experience as a lifeguard, for example, you could try applying to entry-level positions in the field of healthcare. If you have design skills, such as 3D modeling training, you might be able to find low-level work at a graphic design agency. These are all areas that are showing growth, and therefore more likely to be looking for candidates. Summer, of course, is also the season for tourism, hospitality and lawn maintenance. If you don’t have any experience or unique skills that you can leverage, try applying to positions as a tourist guide, working in a youth hostel or doing handiwork on lawns and gardens. These types of business are usually much busier in the summer, and therefore eager to hire smart, reliable candidates.

Take it seriously and don’t get discouraged

You’re not the only one applying for summer jobs, so don’t be surprised if you apply for a position that you thought was “perfect for you” and don’t get it. Summer jobs are all about being at the right place at the right time, which is why all successful job searches involve a little bit of luck. Your best bet is to treat your job hunt seriously, by looking for jobs every day, replying to emails promptly and showing professionalism and care in all aspects of your job search. When applying for a position, try going the extra mile by tailoring your resume to the position you’re applying for. For example, you can point out a project you worked on in school that aligns with this position and how well you did at it. Lastly, don’t get discouraged! If it’s not working, keep trying. Tweak your resume and broaden your search, such as by consulting your school directory or school news for leads.

Be Open-Minded

If you’re not very enthusiastic about a position, try to keep an open mind. Every position can be a learning opportunity. Sadly, there’s no such thing as a perfect job. All jobs have different pros and cons, and the pros of a position can be sometimes difficult to see unless you experience it directly. If you’re still uncertain about a position, try reading educational articles on the subject before completely ruling out applying for this position.


Networking isn’t just for experienced professionals. With tools like LinkedIn, it’s easy to start building a network that can help you find employment, by giving you leads on open positions or ideas of where to send your resume. Try to grow your network, including maintaining a connection with teachers you’ve had a positive experience with or school acquaintances. You’ll never know when one of these connections will pay off.