Follow this advice for a successful application this summer!
By Kaelen Pelaia, Staff Writer
Given that our midterm season is quickly coming to an end, and April is just around the corner, it is now time for students to start considering summer jobs and internships. Many businesses offer temporary full-time summer hours to students, allowing you to make some much-needed money for next year’s tuition and textbooks, while also offering opportunities for networking and further employment in the future.
Whether it’s to save up for school or a big vacation abroad, summer jobs and internships are essential for all students, not only to acquire valuable work experience, but also to gain valuable experience with the stresses and expectations of employment. Having an effective application for summer employment increases your chances of getting hired, and it also increases the chance of your application being the one that gets selected from the plethora of others. With that in mind, here are a few tips for making your application for a summer job (or any job) stand out among the crowd.
- Every successful application starts with a cover letter, which consists of a short introduction of yourself as a prospective employee and your reasons for applying. An appropriate cover letter utilizes terminology from the job listing in order to communicate your relevant skills, as well as provides a list of any other pertinent skills for the position. A good cover letter is not a regurgitation of your resume, but rather a short summation of your particular skills that you feel are best oriented towards the job that you’re applying for. In all, an effective cover letter is short, concise, and effective. It’s meant to catch the employer’s attention and emphasize your potential in a very clear way.
- The next step is the resume – a list of all of your work, volunteer, and institutional experience that contributes to your portfolio as an employee. This can be anything from soup kitchen volunteering to an award for academic excellence in high school, along with the respective dates that you were involved or employed with these organizations. A good resume also includes references, which are former employers that have given you permission to include their contact information in your resume, so to affirm your character, work ethic, and other workplace characteristics that could be a key factor in determining your suitability for employment. Remember, it’s absolutely crucial to get permission before you include a former employer or manager on your resume! Your resume should also include several methods for contacting you should the employer wish to schedule an interview. It’s common practice to include a home and cell phone number (if you have both), along with a business-related email address, and home address.
For those who are having a hard time figuring out what to include on their resume, there are numerous resources online, and locally to help you to put the best version of you in an employer’s hands. Lakehead University’s Student Resource Center is a great option for Thunder Bay and Orillia students alike to get the assistance they need for placements, internships, and employment. They can also help you get in contact with prospective employers, assemble an application, and otherwise assist you generally in your search for employment.
For Thunder Bay residents, the local organization YES Employment (1116 Waterford Street), founded in 1981, provides workshops, resources, and other forms of assistance to prospective employees. They hold workshops and seminars focusing on how to make searching for work more efficient, as well as help students to develop skills that range from interview competency to career planning. Their website also has a variety of video tutorials related to resume and application creating as well.
With the variety of means at your disposal, there’s no reason to not put your best foot forward and start planning for your summer employment today.