5 Tips For Finding a Summer Job

By Kate Schellenberg

Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash

Even though the snow is still on the ground, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you’re going to spend your summer. 

If you’re thinking about putting to use some of the skills you learned in your online courses this year, Carleton Career Services has you covered. 

Whether you’re looking to make connections, get job experience or volunteer, here are five ways to make the most of your degree and summer.

1. Network

Over 70 per cent of jobs are not posted on job searching websites. So how do you find them? The answer is networking

Networking means reaching out to people in the field you want to work in to build connections. This can be very intimidating. Luckily, the connection you already have with Carleton can help. 

Start by joining Carleton’s alumni LinkedIn page. Then see if you can find someone in the group who works in your field. You already have a great connection because you both went to Carleton.

If you’re really feeling stuck, Carleton Career Services has a useful guide on how and when to contact people you want to network with.

2. Job shadow 

Another great way to network is to job shadow. Job shadowing is spending the day learning from someone who has the job you hope to have. Carleton has a great program that can help facilitate finding you a mentor.

Check out Carleton’s job board found under “mySuccess” in Carleton Central, there are summer jobs posted specifically for Carleton students. Search full-time, part-time and on-campus jobs.

3. Volunteer

Maybe there’s a job you really want to try but you don’t have the experience. Volunteering is an excellent way to grow your skills and network with organizations that you might want to work for someday. Carleton has a special page set up with volunteer opportunities. 

4. Update your resume

When applying for a summer job, make sure to include all the skills you’ve picked up at university so far. 

If a course you took is relevant for a job, list it! If you learned time management skills, Excel skills or leadership skills in class, those are things that employers are looking for. 

If you need help figuring out which skills fit on a resume, contact Carleton’s career service by phone or email. They can set up an appointment to make your resume reflect your best skills.

They also offer this handy guide on their website.

5. Student-targeted jobs

Check out programs that are specifically aimed at students looking for summer work, such as the Federal Student Employment Program or Young Canada Works.

Students make up a huge part of the population, so governments and other organizations have taken advantage of the fact that there are a lot of young people looking for work in the summer months. Carleton has put together this guide to help you navigate the different summer programs offered only to students.

So, whether you’re working volunteering or making a connection, be sure to use all the resources available to you. Good luck and happy hunting!