8 Hot Summer Jobs You Can Still Get
Looking for a summer job? Don't worry, it's not too late! Sure, many already have lined up summer positions -- in fact the number of 16-to-19-year-olds who were employed in May increased by 71,000 from the previous year. But that's a good sign: It means there's increased demand.
At this point in the game, you just have to get a little more creative and aggressive. Glassdoor.com, an insider site that tells you which companies are paying what, has put together a list of job search ideas that can still work for teens and college students looking for employment, even at this late date. It's never too late to build up interview skills and prepare for future careers while also learning new industries and maybe even having a little fun.
Don't assume it's too late for an internship: While many employers look to fill summer internship positions as early as March or April, some are still looking for help. As examples, Kaiser Permanente and Scottrade are looking to fill several internship positions in locations across the country. Kaiser Permanente interns can earn, on average, $16.68 per hour, and Scottrade interns can earn around $10.88 per hour.
2. Office jobs
Don't assume that internships are the only way to go: Some companies may not even have an internship program, however, it doesn't mean that they wouldn't love some help on everything from filing and data entry to corporate errands. Try tapping your friends' parents and/or reaching out to companies in your area to find out if they could use a little help around the office.
3. Dirty jobs
Whether it's busing tables at a busy restaurant or baling hay at a nearby dude ranch, some of the toughest summer jobs can end up being some of your most instrumental career experiences. You may find that the long hours and humbling work can teach you a lot about what you're made of and what you're willing to do to get the job done right. As one Glassdoor community member said about a previous summer job, "I learned the value of early mornings and really hard work."
4. 'Do good' jobs
Want to travel and have a job at the same time, but not sure how you can pay for it? Check out organizations like Habitat for Humanity for information on volunteer opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. They have sent volunteers to help out in places like Argentina, Armenia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, Ireland, Kenya, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Zambia.
5. Original jobs
If you find that the nearby Applebee's or Macy's have already filled up their summer positions, take matters into your own hands and become an entrepreneur. There's always a lawn that needs to be mowed or some weeds that need to be pulled. Also, think about the areas you excel in -- are you great at math or English? Circulate flyers in your community offering to be a tutor this summer for students (and their parents) looking to get a jump start on the next school year.
6. Useful jobs
Play to your strengths. Consider jobs that can support and compliment your lifestyle. For example, do you plan on going to the pool this summer and think of yourself as a strong swimmer? Take a lifeguarding course, get certified and find out what pools are still looking to hire lifeguards this summer. A YMCAcan earn, on average, $8.25 per hour -- and yes, they're still hiring.
7. Seasonal jobs
Look for jobs that suit the season. With each new season comes a new flock of jobs. More people are expected to travel this summer, and travel and entertainment companies will need to increase their summer staff to keep up with patrons, fliers, commuters and attendees. For example, see what jobs are open at Disneyland and Disney World -- you may find Disney Character Performer slots have already turned over, and you could earn $9.15 per hour. Or look to find out what hotels need help -- a Marriott Front Desk Associate can earn $9.70 per hour.
8. Social jobs
There are some jobs that allow for great networking opportunities -- for example, see if a local caterer could use a hand at their next few events. Not only can you earn some cash, but you never know who you might meet through the caterer or at a catered event.
To increase your odds for nabbing a summer job try:
Using your connections. Reach out to your friends who have jobs and ask them if their company is looking for any additional help. Friends can sometimes help shine a light on jobs that may not be posted. Plus your friends know exactly who to speak to and how best to approach them.
Letting your voice be heard online. Update your Facebook status and your Twitter feed with a brief professional message letting your online network know what type of job you're hoping to find. Also consider starting a blog with regular posts about your career path and how your academic accomplishments are helping you. Post a link to your blog on your Facebook and Twitter profile and include the link on your resume -- you never know who might read it and who may be impressed with your initiative and focus.