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Getting Ready to Find a Summer Job: How to Prepare and Jobs to Look For

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Posted on March 21, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

The semester's end is nearing, and summer will be here before you know it, which means you should be preparing to find a summer job. Hopefully you're staying on track with your studies and finishing projects at Delaware Valley University, but your next priority might be looking for a summer job. 

Consider some of the tips below to help with your search.

Decide whether you're looking for a summer job or an internship.

Some students choose an internship where they can get real-world experience in their field. This is often the best option for students who are near the end of their college careers because it gives them valuable experience they can put on their résumés, and it also helps them decide if that field is right for them. The only downside about internships is that they aren't always paid. Instead, internships usually offer college credit.

If you're a first- or second-year student, continuing with a summer job that doesn't necessarily involve academics may be the route that you're looking to go. You'll be able to save up a lot of money over the summer that you can put toward college payments, books or spending money throughout the coming semester.

Visit DelVal's Center for Student Professional Development

DelVal's Center for Student Professional Development will help you with all aspects of your job search, starting with creating a résumé that'll make you stand out among the masses. CSPD will also help you prep for interviews and teach job search strategies that can help you land the perfect summer job.

You'll also have the opportunity to navigate through ExperienceLink, an online career management program that allows students to create a personal profile, upload résumés, research companies and apply to part-time and full-time job positions and internships.

CSPD also has some upcoming events like job and internship fairs and networking events.

Explore Your Interests

Since you spend all school year focusing on your studies, take the summer to do something you really enjoy. Think of ways that you can turn your hobbies into a summer job. For example, if you love to swim, check out local pools to find out if they’re hiring lifeguards for the summer. Or if you're interested in camping and you enjoy working with children, contact summer camps in your area and look into becoming a summer camp counselor. 

Go Full-Time at Your Part-Time Job

This may seem like a simple solution, but if you work at a job part-time throughout the school year, ask if they would consider hiring you full-time throughout the summer. Even some campus jobs need workers in the summer.

Now that you’re equipped with some tips to help you find a job for the summer, put them to use! The summer is approaching quickly.