The art of finding a summer job

Kelsey Henninger

Every summer since I was 16, I have had a summer job. I bused tables, worked in a snack bar by the lake, sold fireworks, catered banquets and waited tables. This summer is no different. I am currently a waitress at a little restaurant in Hudson where I have been catering to the dining needs of families and couples for the past month.

As I tie my apron and walk out the door, I say goodbye to my roommate who is usually making plans for the night. Like a few of my other friends, my roommate is currently unemployed.

For those of you who are still searching for a summer job, here are some tips to get you on your way to a summer full of sun, work and money.

It’s never too late to apply, but if you don’t leave the poolside, you won’t receive a job. Ami Hollis, associate director of Career Services, said jobs are still available and any time is a good time to apply.

Using resources can help you search for jobs. For on-campus jobs, you can search the experience job board or check with different departments. The biggest on-campus employers are Residence Services, Dining Services, the Recreation and Wellness Center and PARTA, Hollis said.

To find an off-campus job, check the local newspaper, or stop in at any business for an application. Local restaurants and local arenas, such as the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field and Blossom Music Center, employ many college students for the summer.

Asking friends if any of their employers are hiring can also score you a summer job.

Now that you have decided to apply and have found multiple opportunities, keep in mind some key points to closing the deal and receiving the summer job you deserve.

Increase your chances of getting a summer job by making a good first impression. Make sure you are properly dressed because a sloppy attire may reflect a sloppy work ethic.

Hollis said employers also look for nice resumes and applications that are properly and completely filled out.

Setting aside enough time to fill out the application at the employment location and meeting a manager can increase your chances of getting a job, Hollis said. It helps when managers can put a face to the name on the application.

Employers are looking for someone who is motivated, on time and can fit into their schedule, Hollis said.

Try not to demand certain hours, but let the employer know up front about any other obligations or vacation time you may need off.

Consider applying to many places to increase your chance of getting a job. Don’t accept a job you are going to hate. There is nothing worse than being miserable at a job. It can also lower the amount of money you make (if you work where you make tips), and it may affect your hours if you are unpleasant at work.

There are still almost three months of summer left. Make finding a job your first priority.

Kelsey Henninger is a junior magazine journalism major and columnist and designer for the Summer Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].