Getting started on your Summer Job Hunt

Think it’s too early to start thinking about summer? Think again.

By Leah Ching, Staff Writer

With snow on the ground and temperatures still below freezing, the warm weather and green leaves of summer may seem a long way away. Focused on cramming for midterms and handing in reports on time, students might find it hard to even begin thinking about summer employment. In reality, many are getting a head start on the hunt for summer jobs in anticipation of impressing potential employers and hitting the ground running when the term ends in April. For those students who haven’t began to think about summer work, here are some tips to kick start your job searches and hopefully land you a job that’ll be worth bragging about on your LinkedIn profile.

Starting the Search:
Get the gears rolling by browsing the job market online. Pull out a notepad or open a bookmarks folder and check out Kijiji, Job Bank, Monster and LinkedIn Jobs. Provincial and municipal government websites also offer early postings for student summer jobs that often close their searches quite early in spring. The hiring process for summer work can begin earlier than expected so it’s a good idea to jot down deadlines for getting your resume in so you don’t miss out. Also, job fairs are held at Lakehead, Confederation College and throughout the city during thespring. This is a great way to meet potential employers face-to-face and discuss job opportunities that might be right for you. If you’re looking to make a good impression, a face-to-face meeting and a handshake is often a memorable way to do so.

Making an Impression:
One of the most important first impressions you will make is your resume and cover letter. If you’re not experienced in handing in cover letters, get used to it. Handing in a resume without a cover letter is an almost surefire way to have your resume placed at the bottom of the pile. Employers want to know a bit about who they’re interviewing before they meet them, and your cover letter will give them a sense of who you are and what you’re like in the work place.  Constructing an excellent cover letter will give your potential employer a good first impression of you. Let them know that you’re professional, interested, driven, and possess strong language and communication skills. Ensure that you tailor your cover letter to each individual job and employer, and thank them cordially for considering you at the end. Don’t be afraid to show a bit of confidence. For extra points, take advantage of the Writing Centre at Lakehead to fine tune your writing. To really impress, there are many awesome layouts online that will make your cover letter and resume pop, some as cheap as $5.00. Consider it an investment in your future. Once you purchase the layout, it’s yours forever and you can tweak and personalize colors and fonts. This will be incredibly useful if you’re looking for a highly specialized job, or one in creative or graphic design.

You don’t always have to look very far:
Lakehead offers students many summer and year round jobs in conference services or as tour guides. Your department may also be hiring students over the summer to help with research projects. Check out the Student Success Centre online for a multitude of job postings. This is great for students taking summer courses or staying in Thunder Bay over the break. Also, LUSU offers summer jobs which should be posted on their website closer to the end of semester. You may even consider looking for jobs in the 2016-2017 school year after summer, such as working for student centers run by LUSU, or even for your friendly student newspaper.

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