Summer has officially started and if you don’t have your summer job yet, it’s time to hop to it. Whether you’re a recent school graduate or in between years at university, summer jobs are the perfect way to develop new skills and establish a good base of experience for your CV.
Most companies begin hiring their summer seasonal employees beginning from February or March. It’s the end of June, but don’t worry, there are still ways for you to land a great job this summer.
The summer employment trends
According to last year’s JobisJob data, a peak in seasonal job vacancies began in mid-May, but was at its strongest during the month of July. It’s always a good idea to avoid peak hiring times and aim to submit your CV before the rush. If in February you’re unsure of what kind of summer job you’d like, you’ll still have a few good months to decide where to apply.
Last year, the most common hiring location was within the city of London, offering almost 23% of all the seasonal job listings on JobisJob. Behind London were Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Need to save up for your first or next year at uni? The average summer seasonal employment salary is most commonly under £20,000 a year. For your summer job, this could mean anything from £150 a week to almost £250 (taking into account the industry, hours and days worked). During the span of a summer, you could potentially earn up to £2,000-£2,500!
Currently on JobisJob you’ll find over 8,000 job vacancies using the keyword search summer job. These jobs encompass a whole range of needed skills! Our favourite vacant jobs are Sports Coach, Sales Assistants, Pastry Chef and Assistant Administrators. To check out all the summer vacancies listed on JobisJob, click here.
4 ways to guarantee your summer job
1. “I’m looking for a seasonal job”. Your perfect summer job may not be advertised, which is why it’s a good idea to let your contacts know that you’re looking. The best information is passed by word of mouth and that’s why networking is important during your job search, both seasonal and not.
Another good idea is to ask around. Want to work at a coffee shop or a small boutique? Take your CV with you and go talk to whoever’s in charge. Tell them you’re looking for a seasonal job, talk about your experience, your skills, what you’d like to learn and why you’d like to work for them. When it comes time to hire new staff, the manager will hire someone they’ve met personally over a paper CV.
2. Your CV. CV’s are important, even for a seasonal job. Don’t slack off or forget to review your CV for spelling mistakes and grammar errors. They still matter! Adjust your CV and cover letter for each job you apply for. It’s better to spend hours refining one curriculum for a job you’re truly interested in, than to submit the same curriculum to many different offers on the web. Quality will always beat quantity. The job search is no exception.
3. Clean up your online reputation. If there are photos of you on the internet that your grandmother would be ashamed to see, delete them. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all great ways to communicate and keep in touch with friends, but what you post will reflect the kind of person you are. Recruiters will no doubt look at your social media pages, make sure they like what they see.
You can also let social media work for you. Interested in working for a specific company? Follow their social media pages! These days, businesses are using social media as a recruiting tool and it’s probably the first place they’ll announce a vacant position.
4. The right fit. Sure, it’s a summer job, but it’s a good idea to find a job that you’re interested in and one that matches your skillset. Summer jobs are the stepping stones to developing your career and a great chance to cultivate your expertise.
What summer job advice would you give a recent graduate or university student?