Now that you have accepted your offer to college in the fall, you may be starting to think about tuition payments and money management. “Most postsecondary students depend on earnings from a job to cover some of the cost of their education,” says Statistics Canada. George Brown College offers career services to current students that include help with your job search, resume writing and interview preparation. As a current student, you also have access to GBCareers. Although the ideal time to start looking for a summer job is February, we have compiled some tips to make your summer job search easy.
1. Look for seasonal jobs in places that do most of their business in the summer.
2. Most people want to take a vacation during the summer so take advantage of these gaps needing to be filled in industries that usually hire students for temporary positions.
3. Check job posting sites regularly.
Are you making any of these job search mistakes?
George Brown College career advisor, Laura Lothian-Bryant says these are the most common mistakes students are making when they start looking for a summer job.
- Lack of research on the company you’re applying to: Take a look at their website and social media accounts, just a little research can go a long way especially if you get called for an interview.
- Not networking and making use of your contacts: A lot of people find jobs through someone they know so be vocal about your job search.
- Not using social media in their job search: Set up a LinkedIn account and make sure it’s 100% complete.
- Mistakes and outdated information on your cover letter and resume: If you’re a student at George Brown, we have services to help you create the perfect resume to highlight your skills and achievements. However, there are some great resources online you could take advantage of as well.
- Not being prepared for the interview: George Brown students have access to career advisors who offer interview skills practice and tips. But Laura says you should familiarize yourself with behavioural interview questions so you’re comfortable answering them, practice mock interviews with a friend, and prepare a few questions to ask the interviewer to show genuine interest in the position.