Summer Job Search for Students

Are you a college or high school student looking for a summer job? Read below for job search advice on how to find the right summer job for you. Learn what kinds of summer jobs are out there, how to find job listings, how to apply for jobs, and what to wear to interviews. Also read sample resumes and cover letters, and lists of sample interview questions.

How to Find a Summer Job

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Not sure what summer job you want? Before you start your job search, check out this list of summer jobs for teens, as well as this list of summer jobs abroad.

Read here for information on how to find a summer job, including how to decide what kind of job is right for you, and where to find job listings. More

How to Apply for Summer Jobs

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Once you find a job listing that fits your needs and interests, you can apply for the job. Here is information on how to apply for summer jobs, including how to obtain working papers if you need them, how to ask for references, and how to apply to summer jobs both online and in person. More

Summer Job Search Tips for High School Students

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Read here for advice on how to apply for a summer job (or any job) when you are a student with limited work experience. Even if you haven't had much work experience yet, you can find a summer job that is right for you.

To do so, use these strategies for finding summer job opportunities, for making your application stand out, for interviewing successfully, and for following up with employers to make the best impression possible. More

Summer Job Resume Examples

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Summer jobs can be competitive, so one way to stand out is to write a strong resume.

Here are summer job resume examples to use to apply for part-time and full-time summer jobs and internships. You can use these samples to get ideas for your own resume, and then customize your resume so it highlights your experience, schoolwork, extracurriculars, and volunteering experiences that are relevant to the summer job you're interested in.

Also read here for tips on how to write a strong summer resume. More

Summer Job Cover Letter Examples

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When writing a cover letter for a summer job, you want to emphasize two important qualities: your ability to learn quickly, and your sense of responsibility. These are important qualities for almost any summer position.

Here are summer job cover letter examples and cover letter templates to use for summer job applications. Be sure to personalize your letters to reflect your experience and interests.

Also read here for tips on how to write a strong cover letter for a summer job. More

Summer Job Interview Questions and Tips

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When you are interviewing for a summer job, you'll be asked about your ability to do the job as well as your schedule and your availability to work. Read here for a list of common interview questions for any summer job. Practice answering this list of questions to prepare for your interview.

Preparing for an interview and following up after an interview will help set you up for success. Read this list of the top ten tips for acing a summer job interview. More

What to Wear to an Interview

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Interviewing for a part-time or summer job when you are a student is a little different than interviewing for a full-time professional position. Summer job interviews are generally a bit more casual than other professional interviews.

However, dress should be, at the least, neat and tidy. Business casual is usually appropriate. For example, khakis and a neat tucked-in polo shirt would work typically well, as well as dark pants, a blouse, and a cardigan. Here's information on what to wear, including photos of appropriate interview attire for a summer job. Also read here for information on what not to wear to a summer job interview. More

Summer Youth Employment Programs

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Summer youth employment programs provide summer work experience for youth, matching up teens with entry-level jobs at local organizations, providing a source of income, work experience, and fostering skills necessary for academic and professional success. Some are run by state and local governments, while others are run by nonprofit organizations.

Here's more information on summer youth employment programs, including eligibility, how to find a program in your area, and how to apply. More