Getting a job over the summer holidays may seem like a lengthy and tedious task. However, familiarising yourself with the process will make it much easier and you will be making some extra money in no time!

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Before carelessly applying for loads and loads of jobs, it is vital to determine your priorities. Ask yourself:

  • Do you just want to make money over the summer break?
  • Do you want career-related experience?
  • Or do you want the chance to travel?

If it is just a case of making money, whether it is to save, pay for a holiday, contribute to tuition fees or for rent for your next semester, then the process is simple. Find a job nearby that pays an average wage, look into working full-time and make sure it is moderately enjoyable (after all, university summers span over quite a long period of time and you’ll want to enjoy it as much as possible). However, successful careers start now and you need to plan ahead and seek out a role over the summer that will allow you to gain relevant work experience.

If your objective is to obtain a career-related role over the summer, it is crucial to choose the types of jobs that will push you closer to careers that you’re considering. Summer roles are the perfect opportunity to get industry experience and discover what career path you're interested in pursuing; it also puts you in a better position when you graduate, because you will have industry contacts and references.

Thirdly, travelling and working is a more unique situation, but depending on your destination of choice, there are plenty of agencies who help to place students and young people into summer job roles abroad.

The Process

The following process works for making money and seeking career-related experience, when applying for summer vacancies:

  1. Identify prospective employers - research potential employers online by looking at company websites, news articles and online job listing sites. Then take your search offline and look in local newspapers and organisational directories until you are able to collate a list of potential roles that you would be interested in.
  2. Take time over your applications - ensure that the application itself is not only specific to you, but to the company and the industry in which that business operates. If they request a CV, put your most relevant experience first, so that it is sure to be noticed.
  3. Do not rush it - employers will be able to recognise if you haven't taken the time to create the application, which can come across as ignorant or that you aren't interested, potentially jeopardising your chances of securing the role.
  4. It's not all online - it is true that many companies have devised an online application system for their organisation. However, plenty of local shops and restaurants still encourage CV submissions and this is a chance to demonstrate your approachability and social skills.
  5. Develop a CV - this must emphasise your skills, relevant experience for the role, and help you stand out from the other candidates.
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  6. Follow up - obviously, submit your CV and application form, but don't just leave it there. Try and be forthcoming and suggest an interview or a meeting where you can familiarise yourself with the people you might be working with.

If you do secure a career-related role, use it to your advantage. Utilise the opportunity to build your CV with relevant career-related experience and network with people in the industry as much as possible - you never know what might come of it in the future! Try to make a positive impact on the business, developing your skills and seeking further opportunities for success, to expand your knowledge and advance your skills.

Do the hard work now, and put yourself in a better position for the future!

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