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How To Find A Summer Job

By Edited May 23, 2015 1 2

Many teenagers and young adults look for jobs in the summer when they get breaks from school. Finding a job in the summer can be hard unless you know were to look. In this article I will show you how to find a job in the summer.


When looking to work you must have a few things. The first thing you will need is transportation, this is important because you will need a way to get to your job. The second thing you need is some information such as a social security number. If you plan on working legally you will have to provide this information to your employer, if you plan on working illegally, you must realize you are taking a risk.  There may be penalties if you get caught and if you get hurt while on the job, you might not get compensation.

Disclaimer: I DO NOT advocate working illegally!

 Legally a person in the U.S is allowed to work at 14. Most places hire people at 16+ but there are jobs out there that hire 14+.


Getting Started: Getting started is pretty easy. First you must decide which skills you have. Maybe your a certified baby sitter or lifeguard, maybe you have experience cleaning pools. Once you have decided what skills you have, you are ready to apply for a job.



Craigslist: Craigslist is a great site to use to find jobs. I have used it before with great success. It is very easy to look and find jobs available using Craigslist. Simply search for jobs/gigs in your area and you should see some posts for jobs available. Then scourer through them and apply to every one  that you like. Here is how I do it. First I set up a notification on my phone meaning all jobs/gigs in my area I get as soon as they are posted , then I go through all of them. If I find a job I can do I immediately contact the poster. Time is key when searching on Craigslist. You have to be one of the first people to respond to the post so that you can get the job. I check listings every other day, even when I have a job because I might find a better job by looking.


When searching on Craigslist you have to be wary of scams. There are hundreds of scams out there. A general rule of thumb is don't give too much personal information when you first contact the person with the job listing. Once you meet the person or get the job, then fill out more information. Also never pay to work. You should not have to pay money to get a job unless you are  paying a job finder.


Local Ads: Local ads are a great place to look for jobs. Many local business and people advertise in their local newspaper or ad bulletin. You can find great jobs available there. It is worth the time to search through local ads and see who is hiring.


Going to Stores: This in my opinion is the hardest but most effective way of getting a job. Going into stores and asking for a job is hard and time consuming but can work out for you. Whenever you go to a store to buy something or do something, always ask if the store is hiring and fill out an application. Even if the store doesn't have an application, leave your name and number with the store manager. Eventually someone will contact you.  If you go to a large number of stores and apply one of them will call you and hopefully one of them will hire you. When going to stores and looking for work, you have to be persistent, do not take no for an answer. If you are persistent, eventually you will find a job.


Word Of Mouth: If you are looking to make some money and work in your neighborhood or community, word of mouth is very effective. If you babysit one child and the parents tells their friends about how great you are with kids, you could be making lots of money in no time. Studies have found that people tend to tell 7 friends if the service is good and 13 friends if the service is bad meaning if you mow your neighbors lawn and do a good job, there is a good chance that within a few months you will be mowing other neighbors lawns. This is how I started a small landscaping business. I started by working for one neighbor and at a deck party I had was able to work for 3 neighbors. I did such a good job, my neighbor told his friends and soon I was making quite a lot of money.

Interview: When trying to get a job, interviews are important. You should ALWAYS make a great first impression. Be very professional when you go in for an interview. Remember  to really wow your potential boss, make yourself stand out from everyone else. Go the extra mile, it really shows. Research the position you are trying to get, know everything about it. Come in cleanly dressed.

  For some jobs, you might not have a formal interview, but your boss will probably be observing you. Even if you do not have to interview to get the job always act like your in an interview. Always make eye contact with your boss/potential boss, always be polite. Be confident. People can tell when you are not confident.  If you do these things you will be an making money.


Working At Your Job: Your work is not over when you get the job, actually it is only just beginning. When you get the job, work 10 times harder then everyone else. You might not get paid for the extra stuff you do but people will notice. Always come in early, never be late. When you are asked to do something, do it to the best of your ability, even if its a small job. Another thing to remember is to always be asking for new opportunities. Even if you have a part time job and don't work much, always look for new opportunities. If you see a chance to move up, take it. 



If you follow these steps you will be on your way to having and succeeding in a summer job, which will help you through life. If this article has been helpful, please read some of my other articles and write a comment below!



Jul 11, 2012 4:37pm
You provide some good tips in this article, I'll have to share it with my kids. "Thumbs-up!"
Jul 11, 2012 5:35pm
Thank you so much I was hoping to inspire people with this article!
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