6 Ways College Students Can Find Summer Jobs
Posted by Katie Ostoich on March 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Right about this time of year, this question begins to circulate among undergrads everywhere: "What are you doing this summer?" Answers include studying abroad, vacations, and summer classes, but most will be working full- or part-time jobs. Or trying to…
The lucky ones are returning to a job from last summer, but the rest are left to spend the next several months on the job hunt. Finding a job in this economy is difficult for anyone, but some evidence suggests college students are among the hardest hit (the jobs created for them have been cut and/or young graduates are forced into accepting what’s left). No doubt about it, it’s a bad situation.
Most students want and need a summer job as a way to finance their education. But finding a job isn't as easy as just wanting one. If a summer job is on your to-do list, consider these ideas to help make it happen.
Contact past employers
Assuming you have been a good worker in the past, it makes sense to get in touch with those who know this. Even if the job you held before isn't available, some employers will find a position for the right worker or they can refer you to some of their contacts that might have something open.
Check university job boards
A part-time job at school has some great advantages for students, and there may be summer positions available if you are taking summer classes or are free to stay after the semester wraps up.
Create a job
Start a full-time nanny service for the summer. Run a summer lawn care business. I've even known peoplewho have organized informal summer camps for kids. An enterprising student may have better results creating a job than finding one in this economy, and the experience can be valuable as well.
Consider a new location
If you're someone who normally goes home for the summer, consider looking for jobs in your college town, which may be relatively deserted over the summer. Conversely, don't rule out potential jobs in your hometown, even if you're used to staying at school for the summer. Look into internships or positions out of town –just be sure you’ll make enough to offset living expenses and make it financially worth it.
Use family and friends
Working for a relative or family friend may not be your ideal summer job. If you're struggling to find a job, however, those connections can be a fairly secure option in case something else doesn't come along. And don’t forget to use them as networking. A good part of landing a job is who you know.
Combine multiple positions
If you can't find a full-time position, try taking more than one part-time job to meet your financial needs. One summer I worked a retail job during the day and served at a restaurant at night. It wasn't easy, but the money was worth it. This is especially helpful if your employer ends up needing you for fewer hours than you expected. By taking on an extra job, you can maximize your time over the summer to still make the amount of money you want.