So you’ve been making the most of post-exam bliss, a month of honeyed sunshine, BBQ’s in the park and cheeky promos at your union. But you’re slowly coming to the realisation that your student loan is running out and your CV sits discarded in a pile on your desk with last night’s leftover Chinese. It’s time to find a job, and what better timing than the bustling summer months, to gain some experience, some new pals and some much-needed cash. Here are our top tips for finding summer work, with some expert advice from recruiters at Primo Associates.
Spruce Up Your CV
Make sure that no rogue comma or spelling mistake rears its ugly head in your CV and sabotages your chances at nabbing that awesome local bar job or summer camp position. Remember that though the email address you made in 2007 was probably hilarious ([email protected]), a professional email address, tone and structure is vital to making a good impression on a future employer or recruiter. If you’re keen on understanding how to make the most of your CV, check out these pieces on how to write a great CV and the most creative CV’s to inspire your job hunt.
Some of the best jobs aren’t always advertised, so ask around with friends and family to see if they know of any cool opportunities that aren’t in the public eye. Networking is hugely important for this, so if you’re part of any clubs at uni, or professional bodies outside of your studies, make the most of their events to chat with people and expand your circle of contacts. You never know, your ideal summer job could be right where you least expect it.
Seek Out Employers Face to Face
Putting a face to a name more often than not will make you more memorable in a sea of anonymous candidates applying for one position. Print out a bunch of CV’s and hand them out in person to local businesses, that way you’ll have the chance of meeting your potential boss, making the right impression and landing an interview. Retail and hospitality jobs are especially partial to this approach, so never underestimate the effect of a smile and a solid handshake over a mundane, dime-a-dozen email.
“If there’s a particular field you’re looking to work in or company you’d love a job at after your studies, enquire about work experience, shadowing or filling in any temporary positions. Getting your foot in the door as an undergrad will help no end when you graduate. Also make sure that you’re being paid the right wage for your age, you can do that by checking out national minimum wages here.” – Tony Devine, Director at Primo Associates.
Prepare Yourself For An Interview
Though this may seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised at how many people don’t prepare well enough for an interview, relying only on their application to secure them a role. From being on time and researching the company you’re interviewing with, to dressing appropriately and keeping on top of your nerves, it’s vital that you nail this part of the process to give you the best chances of success. Here are some interview tips to help you land the job as well as some common interview questions and answers.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
So you’re in the library on a caffeine-fuelled job hunt, scrolling through site after site until you spot your dream summer job. You click apply, and begin imagining your what your life would be like if you bagged this role, how impressive your LinkedIn profile would look and how glamorous your wardrobe would be. Stop right there. Though it’s good to know what you want, and what your skills and experience are best suited for, it’s a dangerous game to put all of your eggs in one basket, as you could risk disappointment. Be open to different opportunities and don’t take rejection too personally.