During the summer break, thousands of students look for an opportunity to find work in Ontario. Whether it’s to make new friends or to have money to spend on the newest trends, or even to save money for university or college – finding an opportunity for the summer is a great idea for a student.
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Tips for your Summer Job Search
Updating your Resume
When was the last time you updated your resume? If you are not searching for a job and are too busy with school and other responsibilities; there’s a good chance your resume is out-of-date.
Now, that you are about to begin your summer job search, it’s time to update your resume with your current skills, knowledge, and experience.
If you think that you don’t have enough experience to fill out your resume – think again. As a student you are constantly learning things every day so reflect on your experiences in school and outside of school so you can start to fill out sections on your resume.
Consider the following:
- Are you part of any school clubs and committees?
- Are you on student council?
- Do you have volunteer or internship experience?
- What courses are you specializing in? (Business, mathematics, sciences, arts, etc.,)
- What skills are your strengths? (Computer skills, writing skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, organizational skills etc.,)
Apply, Apply, Apply
Searching for a job is not easy. With a competitive job market and other students looking for similar opportunities – do not be discouraged if you applied for a job and end up not getting the position. Just keep applying!
There are plenty of resources available to you that can help you with your summer job search.
Online job sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, TalentEgg, Monster and much more all have access to thousands of employers who are looking to hire! Make job searching easier for you by using specific key words such as “student jobs”, “summer jobs student”, “student intern” – doing so can help you find the right job for you.
Job Opportunities for Students
With little experience (or none) sometimes it is hard to find a job that is right for you. Luckily, there are certain places that specifically hire students to help them with their business.
Working for Your City
In Ontario, there are many cities that offer students an opportunity to work with them and they offer a wide range of positions for youth in high school and college/ university.
Positions can include administrative assistants, internships for business roles like marketing and finance, camp counsellors and general staff for city parks and recreation centres.
Having work experience from your own city is a great opportunity for you to start building your professional resume.
Working in Retail Stores
Retail is a popular industry for students. Working in malls or shopping outlets and receiving discounts on clothing is a huge benefit for anyone!
Retail jobs gives you the opportunity to network and work with other people who are similar in age; it is a great way to meet and make new friends.
In this role you can expect to work as either a cashier, sales associate, or a stock associate. Having a job in retail gives you a chance to work on your transferable skills which can help you later-on in your professional journey.
Working in the Food and Services Industry
Like retail, the food and services industry (fast-food restaurants, dine-in restaurants, golf courses, hotels, etc.,) is also a common sector where you can find work.
Often a fast-paced work environment, working in this industry allows you to develop your organizational skills, communication skills, stress-management skills and much more.
Working and Volunteering with Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations that work within a community need all the help they can get and you have an opportunity to volunteer with them. Learn more about the benefits of volunteering.
Working for a non-profit is a great way for you to give back to your community and to those who are less fortunate. This unique workplace gives you a chance to learn and develop various skills such as communication, empathy, organizational skills and much more.