Summer jobs help students earn extra cash and can teach them how to budget money.
As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, CCA cyber school students are faced with a choice: whether to find a summer job or to relax and enjoy the sun.
Working might not seem like the most exciting way to spend your summer vacation, but it provides valuable life experiences. Finding a balance between responsibilities and summer fun is a great way to acquire time management skills that will help you later in life.
If that isn’t enough, here’s one more reason to find a summer job: It will provide you with money to fund your summer activities. Summer jobs also teach you how to budget that money and make it last longer.
If you’re looking to earn extra cash, here are five tips for landing a summer job:
Ask for an application. The first step is figuring out who in your area is hiring. One way to do this is to pay in-person visits to local businesses and ask for an application. If they aren’t hiring at the moment, ask to leave your name and number for future reference. If they are hiring, this is a great way to introduce yourself and show initiative.
Build a resume. If you lack work experience, you might think you have nothing to put on your resume. That’s not true. Talk about your extracurricular activities. Being part of clubs and sports teams shows you have leadership ability and are willing to work with others. Being a member of multiple clubs also shows decent organization and time management skills because you’re able to manage clubs and school at the same time.
You also can look for internship opportunities to help build your resume. CCA’s conservatory program can help students find internship opportunities throughout the school year. CCA provides a series of career exploration field trips throughout the year to expose students to a variety of career fields.
Dress well for the interview. The next step in the job search is to secure interviews. You might find this to be the scariest part. When preparing for an interview, dress to impress and wear professional clothing. Do not wear ripped jeans, T-shirts or other casual clothing. First impressions are important, so make a good one.
Prepare questions for the interview. Before your scheduled interview, jot down questions you have about the position. This could be specific to what responsibilities you will have, general questions about the company and its policies, or any other topic that you want to address.
Asking questions about the job allows you to engage with the interviewer, thereby showing that you’re serious about securing the position.
Be yourself. Interviews are a way for the business to get a feel for who you are as a person, so it’s important that you be yourself. Nervousness is normal, but you would not have been asked to come in for an interview if they didn’t think you would be a good fit for the company.
Be positive and enthusiastic. Show your personality, and convince the interviewer you would be a great addition to the staff.
Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be making cash to enjoy your break with in no time.