Are You a Student Looking for Work?

By Sara Parent

It's almost summer again and you need money. Whether you are saving up for college, university, or a car, having a summer job can make a big difference to your bank account.

Here are some tips on finding a summer job.

Check out your local Human Resources Development Canada Centre:

In the summer, many HRDC offices run student employment centres. These are a great place to look for jobs. Though the competition for these jobs might be fierce, you know that employers are looking for students. This is good because they are usually jobs that don't require too much training, and your employer is probably expecting you to quit at the end of the summer. These jobs might be seasonal in scope, but they still give you the opportunity to learn new skills that can look great on your resume.

Look Online:

A lot of companies advertise for summer workers. Many seasonal industries look for staff from across the country and advertising online is the best way to do that. Of course, you don't have to go cross-country to find a job, but you can take advantage of those listings to find work in your area.

Look for Something That Interests You:

If you want to make the most of your summer job, look for something that will be an asset on your resume. For example, if you are planning on focussing on the travel industry in your secondary education, why not look for jobs in either a resort, a travel agency, or a tourist bureau? You'll gain valuable work experience, not just a paycheque.

Remember to Have Fun:

If you're like most people, looking for a summer job is mainly as a result of needing cash. But it doesn't need to be a job you hate. What have you always wanted to try? When you're doing something you enjoy, it won't be a chore.

Look for Summer Job Fairs:

A lot of communities offer summer job fairs. It's a great opportunity for local businesses to find summer help. Call your local HRDC if you aren't sure if your community is offering a fair. Remember too to check your local newspaper for times and dates.

Look on Your College/University/High School Job board:

A lot of schools have job boards. Ask around if you aren't sure if yours has one. Often, employers will post schools, colleges, or universities to find help.

Go To Where You Want To Work:

Don't forget that sometimes the most direct approach is the best way to get a job. Put on your snazziest, most professional outfit, make a pile of copies of your updated resume, and visit the places you'd like to work. This approach can be hit and miss because not everyone is hiring, so remember to be patient and hang in there. A positive attitude will go a long way.

Consider a Work Abroad Program:

Your University travel agency should have some information on the Student Work Abroad Program or SWAP. This program is a great way to gain some independence, money, and international work experience. Most jobs you will get in a foreign country will likely be the type of student job you would get in Canada, such as working in restaurants, shops, or tourist attractions. Though the experience might be worth it, working abroad isn't always the best way to make a lot of extra money. Because you'll be in a foreign country, you'll likely want to visit and that could eat up some of your earnings. Airfare costs should also be taken into account. And remember to budget for your accommodations, which can be considerably more in some countries.

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