As many young college students struggle through the first recession they have ever faced, many are starting the summer job search on uncertain footing. With the number of available jobs decreasing every day, and a wider pool of applicants competing even for hourly positions, it is tougher than ever for college students to find a job.
The good news is, it’s not impossible.
There are plenty of employers looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that students provide, and if college students start their job search early, prepare, and follow-up they will be sure to land a job this summer.
The key for college job seekers is to be brave. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by the economic downturn. It is okay to be rejected 10,15, or even 20 times. Remember, all you need to land a job is one person to say yes.
It is also essential for college students to be prepared when they start the job search process. Treat all applications the same. Even if it’s a restaurant or retail job, students should bring a resume and cover-letter when applying. Recognize that many managers are under new pressure to produce results. Sell yourself as a person who can deliver value. Students should also be polite; dress up, make eye contact, shake hands, and avoid using slang. First impressions matter — take advantage of the opportunity.
Persistence also pays off. Follow-up with employers after applying, send a thank you note to interviewers, and keep applying.
Look for work in places other than the mall. The weak economy means that employers are stretched for money but desperate for help, and since college students often have few expenses, this is a particularly good summer to try to build credentials in the field of your choice, by offering to work unpaid — as an intern or summer associate if needed.
It is going to be a tough summer for student job seekers, but by starting early, being prepared, and being persistent, you will be able to find a job. These tips should get you started, but if you need more help there are plenty of places to go online for more summer job tips, including CoolWorks.com and MyFirstPayCheck.com, which provides job, internship, and volunteer listings. MyFirstPayCheck.com also provides advice and resources to help young people have a more successful job application process.
Austin Lavin is the CEO MyFirstPayCheck.com, which he co-founded in 2007 with his sister Celeste. MyFirstPayCheck.com is an educational employment site for young adults. Along with job, internship, and volunteer opportunities, MyFirstPayCheck.com provides advice and resources to help young people have a more successful job application process. MyFirstPayCheck.com is also a valuable resource for companies searching for an online outlet to hire temporary, seasonal and part-time employees. Austin is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of MyFirstPayCheck.com’s service and development of its core technology and infrastructure. Austin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is based in Philadelphia.
Reprinted with permission from TheCampusBuzz.com