1. Start your summer job search early
The earlier you start your search for summer opportunities, the more choices you’ll have—and the better the chances are that you’ll get a gig you’ll love. We suggest starting the hunt in February.
2. Decide what kind of job you’re looking for
It’s important to put some thought into this area. Do you want to work outside? With kids or as far away from them as possible? In a corporate setting or something more retail-y?
Once you know what you want to do with your summer, it’s easier to come up with a targeted list of employers.
3. Prepare your materials
If you’re looking for anything beyond the most basic retail position, you’ll need a resume and at least three references.
Be sure to ask your references for permission before submitting their names, titles, and contact information on an application. Also pick people that you know will speak to your skill sets. Good references are professors, coworkers from previous jobs, supervisors, volunteer leaders and/or coaches.