I know it’s the middle of winter, but summer job applications have officially opened.
The new term has just started and I can already tell this is going to be a hard semester. My course content is tough and my brain is already in graduation mode. I’m also super anxious that I’m not going to be ready for all the work ahead of me. Like many of you, I’m sure, a lot of things in my life are currently up in the air after graduation, including whether I will be attending post-grad school. So, like previous years, I will be looking for a job this summer.
If you caught my recent post on Housing Hunting, you’ll recall that I rely on my own income and depend on my summer job to help finance my spending throughout the year; meaning, finding a really good summer job opportunity has always been important. I feel like at this point I have a pretty solid strategy when it comes to summer job search so hopefully some of the advice I’m about to share with help you out too.
I always make sure to start my search now, in January, when employers begin to post their summer opportunities. A lot of the companies have early application deadlines so I typically aim to have a list of jobs set up each week and apply to at least 10 – 15 every week. This may seem like a lot but believe me when I say, it’s necessary. There are hundreds of students looking for summer jobs every year with all of us competing for the same jobs. It’s pretty ridiculous. To stay on top of everything, I like to apply to as many jobs as early as I can. This will hopefully increase the odds of landing an interview and having my summer job in place before the end of the academic term.
Every year I take advantage of the postings that go up on OSCARplus. There are currently over 500 job postings to search! The work study positions are also going to be up soon, so make sure to check Mosaic regularly for those applications and deadlines!
Also, remember to check company websites directly as many organizations only post to their own sites. I’ve had success landing some of my summer jobs this way and I think lots of students overlook the potential of applying directly to company sites.
Lastly, don’t forget to talk to people you know and tell them that you are beginning your summer job search. This includes family members, your Profs, or even your current employer because you never know who might be able to hook you up with an amazing opportunity.
Later this term the Connect to Careers Job Fair will be taking place, so stay tuned and I’ll share more about this with you in a later post.
Anyways, I wish you all the best of luck in your summer job search, and “May the odds be ever in your favour.”
About the Author
Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.