Summer Job Hunting Advice (for students):

Summer Job Hunting Advice (for students):


1.     Don’t Rely on the Internet

  • Apply in person.
  • When applying in person, please dress appropriately! It’s all about a good first impression!
  • Don’t give up: make follow up calls! If you’ve already applied, try again!
  • Follow up is important. Call to make sure they received your resume, and ask if there is anything else you can provide to them.
  • Pay close attention to the attitude and image that you are presenting to potential employers.
  • Approach businesses you are interested in, or are already a customer of.
  • Not all jobs are posted online. 5th on 5th Youth Services has a job board and many local businesses place a sign in their window.


2.    Details Matter

  • Edit your resume carefully. Very carefully.  
  • Remember to cater to your audience, and make your resume specific to what you are applying for.
  • Check your privacy settings on Facebook- they will check.
  • Do some research on the organization and target your resume. Don’t just flood the market.
  • Prepare for your interview by thinking through and practicing answers to common questions.
  • Fill out online applications completely, do not leave anything blank.


3.    Use the Hidden Job Market

  • 80% of jobs are not advertised.
  • Network by talking to friends and family. This is one of the best ways to land a job.


4.    Have realistic expectations

  • Expect to start at an entry level position.
  • Look in the right places: restaurants, retail, and summer positions with service agencies.
  • Make your job looking for a job. It takes time and hard work, so don’t get discouraged; keep at it, just like a full-time job.
  • Make yourself available and flexible for all shifts (day, evening, and weekend).
  • Summer students: expect to make between $10 – $13 per hour.
  • Recent grads: often you need to find a job for now to gain work experience and contacts, and then move into your field when the opportunity comes up. Expect to make between $10 – $15. You have the degree / training which is very important, but don’t expect to walk right into your dream job. We all have to start somewhere. Temporary or short-term positions are a great first step!


Come to 5th on 5th Youth Services – ask for help! We can help you with all of the above.