Keeping Busy During Vacation
Are you excited to be on vacation, but not sure how to spend your time back at home? With your free time, try to make some extra money and to find future jobs for the summer. To use your vacation productively, spend this vacation looking for odd jobs and searching for internships for the summer. Almost all college students will be looking for jobs for the summer, so it is necessary to begin your searching as soon as possible. It is never too early to start preparing for the long summer break.
For students, it is sometimes difficult to maintain a job during the school year, which is why it is so crucial to set up a steady job for the summertime. More importantly, it is best to find a job for the summer that has to do with the knowledge you have gained throughout the school year involving your major. During vacation, though, you will more easily be able to find jobs such as babysitting, shoveling, temporary restaurant positions, etc. Try to think of other random jobs as well such as cleaning or helping a friend at an office. In your applications and interviews, donít be nervous to mention your strengths. If you are particularly good with your hands, or if you enjoy doing math problems, tell your potential future employer and give them ample examples of your previous experiences.
Professional networking is a very convenient way to find both internships and jobs. Donít be nervous to speak with family members and friends or neighbors and peers about their jobs and how you can find one that fits you. If youíre having difficulty finding a job on your own, your parents may have some suggestions, as well. It isnít always the most fun working for your parents or for people they know, but very often doing so can give you experience and a strong start in the professional world. Additionally, once you have been hired at a professional job, learn how to use networking sites such as LinkedIn. When you do so, try to make your personal online sites clear of anything illegal or inappropriate!
When applying for jobs, make sure to do more than simply fill out an application. Make yourself unique, in whatever way you know how! When picking up an application, try your best to speak with a manager or owner. Smile and do your best to maintain eye contact and speak fluidly but appropriately. Even if you do not have the opportunity to have an interview, it is always useful to make yourself known when you have the chance, so always try to smile and be friendly with whomever you speak.
Also, make sure to stop by at the places where you applied on weekends when you visit home. It is also effective to call the store, restaurant or business to which you applied and to ask the status of your application. The more they see your face, the more likely they will realize your availability and dedication to work, therefore, the more likely you will be hired! Very often, the business managers and owners of the jobs available to college students do not intentionally avoid applications, but instead are too busy to look at every application they receive.
Enjoy your vacation and donít overwork yourself, but always keep in mind ways to make money with your free time and prepare a job for the summertime!